The problem with many lists of fat-burning foods is that they’re filled with vague references to things like “protein” or “vitamin C”. While that’s all well and good, it’s not the way most people identify food. Other lists contain lists of things that sound mostly unappetizing. In this list, we’ve come up with 13 foods that not only help you burn fat and lose weight – they’re things you’ll want to eat. After all, what’s the point of eating healthfully if you can’t enjoy what you’re eating? Food is one of the simple pleasures in life; you shouldn’t have to forgo taste just because you want to lose weight.
#1 – Coffee
Our first pick for this list isn’t exactly a food – but it is something most of us consume on a daily basis. Good news! Your morning pick-me-up can help you lose weight while you’re waking up. A quick caveat, though – you’ll need to drink it strong, and not laden with tons of milk, sugar, or cream. Strong coffee is full of chlorogenic acid, an important antioxidant which helps your body burn fat. It’s also particularly helpful for people who have developed insulin resistance.
#2 – Pizza
Pizza may not sound like a fat-burning food, but the ingredient list reads like a fat-burning superfood hot-list. Here’s the trick – make your pizza at home, and do it Italian-style. This means using a sauce made from freshly-cut tomatoes combined with olive oil and basil. Each of these ingredients can help your body fight fat, and are also full of valuable healthy antioxidants. Create a whole-wheat crust that is thinner than what you’ll find on pizza crusts. Finally, skip the heavy meats and top your pizza with mushrooms instead.
#3 – Chicken Soup
It’s more than just the quintessential comfort food – chicken soup can help you lose weight as well as get over a cold. Studies have shown that consuming a small bowl of chicken soup can help you consume fewer calories. Additionally, chicken noodle soup is packed with protein and fiber that can help you feel fuller faster, and will help your metabolism stay revved up even after your meal is over.
#4 – Pot roast
Another protein-heavy recipe, pot roast is an excellent wintertime comfort food. Because your body has to work harder to break down protein, you naturally burn more of the calories you consume. Additionally, protein helps you to feel full for a longer period of time.
#5 – Oatmeal
Oatmeal may be the perfect cold weather breakfast. The oats are full of fiber and protein, which can help you feel full and satisfied all morning. The low Glycemic Index score also helps keep your blood sugar on an even keel throughout the morning.
#6 – Chili
Chili is just as filling as soup, and has the added benefit of tomatoes, which are great for burning fat. The benefits of protein and tomatoes combines with another fat-burning superfood – chili peppers. The capsaicin helps to rev up your body’s metabolism, helping you burn as much as 50 extra calories a day. That could add up to 5 pounds a year!
#7 – Hummus
Hummus, or more specifically the chekpeas hummus is made from not only helps you pack in the fiber that you need, they also act as a stabilizer for your blood sugar, and help you to control your cravings. Not only that, but hummus is an excellent source of unsaturated fat – which is very healthy for you. In fact, studies have shown that people who consume more unsaturated fat tend to have lower BMIs and less belly fat.
#8 – Potatoes
Contrary to what most fad diets would have you believe, potatoes can actually help you fight belly fat. The trick is to roast the gold or red potatoes, and mash the sweet potatoes. White potatoes are full of allicin, which can help your body fight off inflammation. Combine roasted potatoes with garlic for an extra calorie fighting kick. Sweet potatoes are full of chemicals known as carotenoids, which can help boost your body’s response to insulin. They also have chlorogenic acid, which is also found in coffee.
#9 – Pumpkin
Forget pumpkin pie – if you want the full benefit of this flavorful food, consider recipes like pumpkin and sweet potato soup, or pumpkin ravioli. Pumpkin is full of beta-carotene, an important antioxidant that helps to fight inflammation and helps prevent your body from storing calories as fat.
#10 – Red Wine
Red wine isn’t just good for your heart – that evening glass with dinner can also help you whittle your waistline. Studies have shown that reseveratrol, an important antioxidant found in grapes, can help prevent the production of fat cells in your body. In addition, red wine also contains pyruvate, which helps your body’s fat cells burn energy more effectively. Just be sure to stick to a single glass, as at 150 calories a serving, too much can move your waistline in the wrong direction.
#11 – Guacamole
The avocados in this dish are the key to guacamole’s fat fighting powers. They’re full of good, healthy fat that can help you lose weight. Again, the key is making your own at home, where you can keep track of the ingredients. You may also want to consider adding avocado to your sandwiches or other dishes.
#12 – Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is another food that is full of healthy fats. It can help prevent cravings, keep you feeling full longer (thanks to the protein).
#13 – Fruit
Fruits are well known for being healthy foods. Many fad diets would have you avoid fruits however, due to their sugar content. It’s important to remember that many fruits, particularly apples, oranges, and berries, combine their sugar content with extremely healthy elements such as fiber, important vitamins, and minerals that can help you beat sweet cravings and feel fuller longer.
Eating healthy food and fighting fat, doesn’t have to mean giving up foods that taste good or taking your queues from a list of ingredients instead of a list of foods that you’d love to eat. We hope that this short list helps you come up with some ideas for recipes and foods that you’ll truly want to eat, keeping you on the road to a healthier body and lifestyle.
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