Whether you’re paleo, plant-based, or keto, you can make your food work for you. While no one food is going to get you ripped on its own, you can get great results by incorporating fat burning foods which spike your metabolism, improve your digestion, and make you feel fuller faster into your diet.
Here are our top six fat burning foods to load your cart with next grocery shop.
Chilli peppers contain the component capsaicin which gives them their spiciness. Capsaicin also increases your metabolism by 15-20% for a few hours after eating it and also aids your body in turning white fat (adipose tissue) into brown fat. Chilli peppers aid the body in burning abdominal fat in particular, so spike your food with a tsp of chilli flakes – try mixing it into our MACROS tofu scramble or sprinkling it on your meals.
Green tea is high in antioxidants and a natural fat burning food. It contains epigallocatechin gallate (ECGC) which activates enzymes that aid lipid cells in releasing their stored fat and increase the amount of fat used as energy. Green tea also supports the thyroid in the production of thyroxine which speeds up the metabolism for a few hours. Additionally, green tea enhances the liver’s fat burning ability.
Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines contain omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to aid in reducing inflammation and promoting weight loss. Fish is also a good source of protein, which works with fat to keep you feeling fuller for longer and supports lean muscle mass gain which increases your resting metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more fat at rest.
Eggs provide the ideal mix of protein and fats which keep you satiated for longer, reduce cravings, and support stable blood sugar levels. Diets with high levels of protein boost your metabolism due to the thermic effect of protein which increases the amount of calories your body uses to metabolise foods.
Don’t ditch your morning cuppa! The caffeine in coffee can increase your metabolism. Try drinking a cup before working out to increase calorie and fat burning effects. Additionally, coffee helps keep things moving through your digestive tract, which aids in a tauter looking stomach. Keep in mind that while coffee can be beneficial for fat burning, it’s best to drink it black and skip the milk and sugar.
Grapefruits contain an antioxidant called naringenin that helps your body use insulin more effectively, which keeps your blood sugar stable and increases the amount of calories you burn. Try eating half a grapefruit before breakfast.
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