A big part of what we do here at Body By Bate is promote a healthy living and staying fit and active. A major part of this is making sure you’re eating properly for your goals and your overall health. If you’re like us, chances are you are looking to burn a little fat and lose a bit of weight. It’s surprising what changing your diet and adding a few healthy fat burning foods can do to help you along with this process.
Although you can’t really expect to lose a ton of weight by simply adding in a couple of these fat burning foods, but they will certainly help with your overall weight loss as part of an entire plan. If you’re looking to speed up your metabolism or encourage fat burning, definitely consider adding in these great foods below. These foods are all part of the diet and eating plan that we’re using, and how I personally lost over 10 pounds in under 2 weeks (you can read about that here).
1. Black beans
Black beans are one of the best foods that you can use to help with weight loss. They are high in fibre and will keep you full for much longer than your typical carbohydrate alternative. Consider using Black beans in place of rice or pasta in your stir-fry and other dishes.
You don’t have to stick to the dried black beans – you can easily add this great fat burning food to your diet by eating them from a can. Just make sure you rinse them off well first.
2. Kidney beans
Kidney beans, similar to black beans are extremely high and fibre and will help maintain and manage your blood sugar levels throughout the day. Not only will they help with weight loss and overall health, they will also give you a lot of energy over the course of your day and will help you avoid that afternoon wall.
If you are going to be eating a lot of kidney beans, make sure you rinse them off well to avoid any sort of digestion and gas issues (you’ll thank me for that later).
If you’re looking for all of the benefit of black beans and kidney beans without the gas and related issues, consider eating Lentils instead. Also a part of the legume family, lentils of all types are amazing fat burning foods that are high in fibre and make a great addition to soups and stews.
If you can’t stomach the beans, or simply want a bit of change, definitely consider adding lentils to your diet. They are available in both dried or canned, just be sure to follow directions when preparing them.
With the human body consisting of 55%-78% water (according to wikipedia), it’s no wonder why it is such an important food when it comes to weight loss and optimal health. With the exception of some water-based drinks, water should be the only thing that you reach in the fridge for if you are thirsty.
You should avoid calorie-dense drinks and stick with water and you will have a much better time at burning fat and losing weight. By drinking a tall glass of cold water first thing in the morning and before each meal you can increase overall metabolism throughout the day.
5. Green vegetables
Remember when you were always told to eat your greens? It was for good reason. Green vegetables are an incredible source of nutrients that your body needs to function at its peak performance.
Looking for the best bang for your buck? Try the leafy green, Kale (featured in the picture to the top-right), and the sulfur-rich Broccoli. These greens are among the most nutrient-rich vegetables available to you. If you want to make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs to burn fat don’t skimp out on the green vegetables.
Eggs are an easy and affordable source of protein. By consuming a high protein breakfast immediately upon waking up in the morning, you can help boost your metabolism and feel full longer throughout the day.
Try two whole eggs and two egg whites with your breakfast every morning – it can be quickly prepared the night before if you do not have much time in the morning.
7. Lean meat
Lean meat is another great source of protein that will help your body maintain a high metabolic rate and help burn calories. Where possible, try to get organic or grass-fed animal meat.
Another amazing source of nutrients is organ meat – don’t be afraid to prepare some liver and onions, gizzard, or other organ meats as they are high in many vitamins and minerals and Coenzyme-Q. Although they are correlated with weight loss and fat burning in particular, they will aid in overall health and wellbeing.
8. Green tea
Green tea has a huge list of health benefits. From it’s anti-androgenic and cancer preventative traits, to its powerful anti-oxidants green tea is a must-have food when losing weight.
According to the University of Geneva, PubMed Publication, “Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se. The green tea extract may play a role in the control of body composition via sympathetic activation of thermogenesis, fat oxidation, or both.”
Green tea has also been shown to help promote fat cell death. Rather than simply shrinking the size of fat cells when losing weight, green tea extract will help promote their death so that it is less likely you will regain weight.
9. Cayenne Peppers (Capsaicin)
Chilli peppers, including the cayenne pepper shown to the right are a great metabolism booster if you can stomach the heat. The active component in chilli peppers, Capsaicin, causes thermogenesis in the body, which although may not directly lead to weight loss, does increase metabolism and promote fat burning. I wouldn’t recommend eating them by the handful but it’s a great way to add a little flavour while promoting fat loss.
Almonds make for a great alternative to the mid-day vending machine snack. Keep a handful of almonds at your desk to avoid snacking on high sugar and fast digesting foods throughout the day.
Be careful that you do not overeat when snacking on Almonds as they are very calorie-dense. A handful of almods is more than enough to curb your appetite and tide you over until your next meal.
Although I’ve been slowly replacing my morning coffee with a small pot of green tea, it is still a great addition to your day in order to burn fat. The caffeine in coffee will help kick start your metabolism and break down fats in your body.
Want to avoid getting dependent on Coffee and caffeine to start your day? Stick with 1-2 cups per day, Have one day without coffee every week, and one full week without coffee every 2 months. Like any drug, caffeine should be cycled properly for optimal weight loss.
These are only some of the great fat burning foods available to you. Proper diet and nutrition is one of the most important factors when trying to burn fat and lose weight. Base your diet around managing your blood sugar levels by keeping your sugar and simple carbohydrates low and you should see the results you are looking for.
If you have any questions or you would like to share some of your own great fat burning foods, please leave a comment below – we love to hear from you.