List of Fat Burning Foods
A list of fat burning foods is something that we should all keep in mind when we go grocery shopping. Some foods are simply better than others at helping you burn fat.
Most people are not really clear on which foods are best for this purpose. Therefore, we have compiled a list of fat burning foods that will help with your fat burning efforts.
It is impossible to rank these foods since they all have their fat burning properties. Thus, all the foods on this list should be considered as best!
List of Fat Burning Foods - Fruits
Apples - have fiber and help with digestion and they don't have any sodium or fat. Furthermore, they are loaded with vitamins and minerals.
Eating apples helps burn fat because apples contain pectin which coats cells within our bodies which results in limiting the amount of fat said cells can absorb. Moreover, pectin is water-binding meaning that it helps flush-out excess fat.
Avocados - this is a fruit that helps fat burning because of its high levels of monounsaturated fat. Specifically, it contains oleic acid which is found in macadamia nut oil. This type of fat helps with fat burning and also lowers LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein - the bad fat) levels.
In addition, Avocados have high levels of beta-sitosterol, which contributes to lowering your blood cholesterol and protects the prostate.
Blueberries - are the number one antioxidant fruit. They are great for fat burning because they have high antioxidant properties which helps the cardiovascular system perform better during exercise and exertion.
Furthermore, blueberries lower cholesterol levels and are high in pectin which diminishes the fat-binding properties of our body cells. Blueberries also aid with the strengthening of blood vessels and clearing of arteries. They are also known to have anti-aging properties because they slow down the aging process and reduce cell damage that can lead to cancer.
Grapefruit - is a citrus fruit and is among the best fat-burning fruit due to the high content of Vitamin C. The acidity of Vitamin C cuts through fat and lowers the fat's ability to "stick" inside the body. It is important to note that fruit juices (in this case grapefruit juices) are not as effective as the real fruit.
Peaches - are low in calories. They have loads of vitamins A and C. We already mentioned above the fat-burning properties of Vitamin C. Vitamin A helps prevent cancer in organs and glands that contain epithelial tissue.
Furthermore, the fact that peaches are more than 80% water makes them a good source of dietary fiber making them a great choice when trying to loose weight. Finally, researchers have suggested that peaches also have good antioxidant activity, antimicrobial activity and good tumor-inhibition activity.
Pineapple - has disease-fighting properties due to its level of bromelain - an enzyme which breaks down protein. Bromelain breaks down blood-clotting proteins called fibrins, which in turn increases circulation and allows for tissue to drain properly.
Certain fasting diets which focus on toxin-flushing use pineapple to get rid of the toxins within the body which helps with weight loss. Pineapples are also packed with vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, fiber and Vitamin C. In addition, pineapples help strengthen our bones because they are rich in manganese which is a trace mineral needed to build bones and connective tissues.
If you would like to know more about fruit nutrition facts visit our fruit nutrition fact page.
List of Fat Burning Foods - Veggies
Broccoli - is probably THE best fat burning food due to its estrogen lowering properties. We all know that less estrogen means more muscle which means less fat.
When estrogen levels are reduced we elevate the levels of our natural fat-burning hormones.
Broccoli also contains sulphoraphane and indoles which are nutrients that protect against skin, prostrate, gastric and breast cancer.
Furthermore, it is a good anti-inflamatory agent and helps our joints recover after intense exercise.
Finally, let us not forget the high content of fiber in Broccoli which helps curb hunger.
List of Fat Burning Foods - Nuts
Almonds - are high in omega-3 fat (the good fat) that helps with fat burning. They also help control food cravings because they are very fulfilling.
Walnuts - contain the highest amount of omega-3 fats of any nut. Furthermore, they contain high levels of manganese which helps with bone and tissue building and also helps our body metabolize sugar and insulin. Limiting sugar and controlling insulin are very important when we are trying to burn fat and build muscle.
Macademia - are very high in monounsaturated fat and they can elevate our metabolism by 10% which means it's a good fat burning food. Boosting our metabolism means that we are able to burn fat even while we are resting, not just during exercise.
List of Fat Burning Foods - Fish
Tuna, Cod and Salmon - are great for fat burning because they are high in omega-3 fish oils which reduce heart attack risk, improves brain function, skin health and improves kidney function. Moreover, they are the source of the finest natural protein. Our bodies easily absorb the protein from fish.
List of Fat Burning Foods - Meat
Grass-fed Beef or Bison - we know that if an animal is fed healthy it will produce healthy meat. Grocery store beef is raised on grains which are not the natural diet of cattle or bison. This means that the grains (soy and corn) change the chemical balance of fat and other important nutrients in the meat.
The grocery store beef or bison is very high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3 acids (omega-3 helps with fat burning). While this grass-fed organic meat may be more difficult to find it is well worthwhile seeking out a butcher shop that will have it.
List of Fat Burning Foods - Dairy
Eggs - including the yolk. Eggs are a source of good high-quality protein. Most people know that the egg white contains the protein (about 4 grams per average-sized egg) and they believe that the yolk is the fat and unhealthy part.
This is not true - the yolk is the part which contains almost all of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The yolk contains more than 95% of the calcium, iron, zinc, thiamin, vitamins B6 and B12, phosphorus and panthothenic acid. Furthermore, the yolk contains all the fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, K and K.
Eggs also contain phosphatidylcholine which is a nutrient that is used to regenerate our liver and to calm people down. When buying eggs it's better to go organic - just like the grass-fed bison and beef - because chickens that have a more natural diet and are raised on a farm where they are allowed to roam more freely will give healthier eggs richer in nutrients and a better fat balance.
List of Fat Burning Foods - Others
Red Wine - this is the main contributor to the "French Paradox" - the fact that the French eat a lot of pastries and other fatty foods but somehow manage to avoid the the fat-gain properties said foods have a tendency to create. Thus, no fat-burning foods list is complete without red wine.
The secret of red wine is in a specific compound called Resveratrol which stimulates the body to block fat cell receptors causing them to break down faster and prevents new fat cells from forming.
Therefore, Resveratrol has a slimming effect on the waistline and it's also great for our heart. If you don't like Red wine but still would like to enjoy the benefits of Resveratrol you can get Resveratrol supplements in the form of capsules that you can take the same way as you would any regular multivitamin.
Green Tea - helps the liver detoxify estrogen. When the liver cannot detoxify estrogens our bodies can't go into fat burning mode as efficiently. Furthermore, green tea has been associated with decreasing risk of cancers, coronary artery disease as well as increasing levels of dopamine (dopamine improves our mood).
We hope that after reading this list of fat burning foods you will have gained a better understanding of what foods (if not all) to incorporate into your daily diet. These foods are proven to help with burning fat and weight reduction as well as helping to build muscle.
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