Fat-Burning Foods: 19 Foods That Will Fire Up Your Fat Loss

Fat-Burning Foods: 26 Foods That Will Fire Up Your Fat Loss

The best foods to eat when you’re looking to shift fat.

Stocking up your supermarket cart or digital shopping basket with these nutrient-dense foods will help you to trim your belly while enjoying a host of other health benefits.

Pineapple

You know you should put down the piña colada if you want to lose fat, but one ingredient in the high-calorie cocktail can help you get lean – pineapple juice. A compound in the fruit called bromelain works with other enzymes to help break down and digest fats, while research from Purdue University in the US suggests that it also aids appetite suppression and increases fat excretion. Plus, a 100g serving of pineapple – equivalent to about two thin slices – contains 58% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which your body needs to keep your skin strong and supple, and to counter the damaging free radical effects of exercise and pollution.

Coffee

A couple of cups of strong coffee first thing can help you lose weight by reducing hunger pangs so you’re not tempted by sugary mid-morning snacks. That’s the findings of a study based on both overweight and normal weight subjects, published in the Obesity Journal, which found caffeine consumption of around 6mg per kilogram of bodyweight – that’s 450mg for a 75kg man – to be the ideal amount.

Yogurt

For years dairy products such as yogurt were demonized for their fat content. But in an analysis of studies examining yogurt consumption and body composition, more than half the research found a positive link between eating yogurt and lower body-fat levels. The combination of calcium, which metabolizes fat, and gut-healthy bacteria is behind the benefit, according to the International Journal Of Obesity.

Green Tea

Green tea is picked earlier than black, so it retains more polyphenols and antioxidants. This means it can boost your metabolism – the rate at which you burn calories – which burns more body fat. It can also reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, but possibly the best thing about green tea is that it tastes great without needing milk and sugar.

Fizzy water with lime juice

Fizzy drinks are packed with flab-causing sugar, while the diet versions contain artificial sweeteners that are associated with insulin spikes, leading to weight gain, and bone-weakening phosphorus. Instead, squeeze lime juice into fizzy water. The juice lowers your blood sugar response to other foods to discourage fat storage.

Blueberries

With high levels of antioxidants, blueberries are effective at combating the damaging effects caused by exercise, pollution and other toxins. Have a handful as a snack or throw them into a smoothie to keep your body burning fat efficiently.

Brazil nuts

These nuts, which actually come mostly from Bolivia, are high in the antioxidant vitamin E. This “mops up” the damaging free radicals caused by stress and exercise. Producing too many of these damages your cells and your body prioritizes repairing them over other actions, specifically building muscle and burning fat.

Pumpkin seeds

These are a great source of protein, zinc, magnesium and iron – all of which are vital to keeping your body using up fat stores around the clock. They also contain a wide variety of antioxidants, including forms of vitamin E found in few other foods. Grab a handful between meals to stay full.

Turkey

So much more than a festive staple, turkey is a lean source of animal protein, which helps keep post-meal insulin levels within a desirable range by moving food at a steady pace through the digestive tract.

Olive oil

There’s evidence that, as well as being packed with healthy monounsaturates, extra virgin olive oil can help process troublesome brown fat tissue, making it easier to shift. Add it to salad.

Parmesan

Although cottage is the cheese with the lowest fat content, parmesan is the best source of both protein (to keep you full so you don’t overeat) and calcium. A high-calcium diet has been shown to increase fat oxidation, helping burn calories after a meal.

Steak

Packed with protein to keep you fuller for longer, plus zinc and creatine to help increase testosterone levels and your performance in the gym, steak is the ultimate muscle-building and fat-burning food for red meat lovers.

Rocket

As well as being packed with filling fibre and a mere handful of calories, these leaves are jammed with B vitamins, which will help you release energy to fuel workouts – and with its peppery flavor it’s much tastier than boring old iceberg.

Broccoli

Nature’s finest vegetable is fibrous and low in calories and it staves off excess estrogen, helping you avoid man-boobs. Cook it in coconut oil for a delicious fat-burning side that works with almost anything.

Salmon

Its high protein content keeps you feeling full, omega 3 fatty acids look after your heart, and an abundance of selenium supports proper function of the thyroid gland in its regulation of metabolism.

Sweet potato

Many starchy root vegetables can radically elevate blood sugar levels but the sweet potato actually improves blood sugar regulation – even in people with type 2 diabetes – meaning you’re less likely to crave high-fat sugary foods later.

Almond butter

A great substitute for peanut butter in almost any situation – it’s high in healthy monounsaturated fats, magnesium and potassium, and helps maintain muscle function, letting you push on through fat-burning workouts.

Red wine

Lager is full of fattening carbs and white wine can be high in calories but red wine, apart from its antioxidant benefits, has been shown to boost levels of testosterone by reducing the amount you excrete as waste, encouraging your body to make more muscle and burn more fat.

Dark chocolate

If you’re going to indulge your sweet tooth, do it with some high-cocoa dark chocolate. The cocoa solids produce stearic acid, keeping you full for longer and reducing sugar cravings without an insulin spike. Look for 85% on the wrapper.

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Eating a protein-rich diet can also help burn fat and stay lean.

Protein helps you stay fuller longer, which can lead to eating less and avoiding unhealthy or sugary cravings between meals. Compared to carbs, protein demands more calories during digestion, which means that you actually can burn more calories when you consume protein versus other foods.

In addition, when losing weight, it’s common to also lose muscle in the process. Making sure you’re getting enough protein along with a good exercise routine can help you maintain muscle and burn fat.

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Many of our bars also contain organic, non-alkalized dark chocolate that has many fat-burning qualities, along with many other healthy benefits.

Be sure to check out our What’s Inside Our Products and Nutritional Info pages for more information about our products.

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