Effective Fat Burning Foods

Fat Burning Foods
Fat Burning Foods

Many weight loss plans offer a variety of options when it comes to choosing an eating plan and some of the most effective plans will include a variety of fat burning foods. These Fat Burning Foods are generally foods that promote weight loss as well as providing a fat burning benefit. Not only do these foods not add any fat to your system, they also help to increase your metabolism therefore burning even more fat. There is a scientific explanation in how these fat burning foods work. For example, capsaicin which is a component of hot pepper has been shown to have a thermogenic effect and can be very beneficial as a weight loss supplement.

Green tea weight loss tea is another great fat burning food, it contains a substance known as epigallo-catechin gallate (EGCG) which can increase metabolic rate for up to 24 hours. About 270 – 300mg of EGCG is required for this increase in metabolism to occur, but aside from drinking the green tea to get the fat burning benefits, it can also be obtained from supplements such as green tea extract. Though the effect of these foods on overall weight loss cannot be overlooked, it is pretty small. A tolerable dose of hot pepper only increases metabolism by 21 calories while green tea extract increases metabolism by 79 calories. However, given the total accumulative effect of five cups of tea per day combined with a couple doses of hot pepper in your food and you could be looking at an additional calorie burn that adds up to approximately a one pound weight loss each week. This is certainly not a huge amount, but in conjunction with other weight loss efforts it can be a substantial help. After all, a one pound weight loss each week still adds up to 52 pounds in the course of a year. Never underestimate small steps that can result in big changes.

Apart from increasing the body’s metabolism, fat burning foods also have the ability to reduce one’s appetite for junk food thus aiding weight loss even more. These foods can be applied in any weight loss plan since the increase in metabolism will help the body to lose more weight. Though the effect of fat burning foods may be small, the cumulative effect can make a big difference, they also have the added benefit that they contribute to one’s daily nutrient intake. Some readily available fat burning foods include:

  

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Apples

They work by increasing your blood sugar level safely and keeping the blood sugar level up for longer. The overall effect of this is to make the person feel fuller for longer and therefore eat less. The fiber contained in apples is soluble and it helps to keep away hunger pangs by maintaining blood sugar level. In addition to its fat burning properties, an apple contains only 81 calories and helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure level.

Beans
Besides being a great source of plant protein, beans and all other legumes are also great fat burning foods. Plant protein is usually incomplete and needs to be coupled with whole grains such as rice, wheat and barley which provide the necessary amino acids to complete the protein. Beans coupled with whole grains are a better source of protein than meat because they have less fat and cholesterol. Besides having lower levels of cholesterol, beans have also been found to lower cholesterol levels in the human body.

Berries
This is another great fat burning food. The natural fructose contained in a berry reduces ones craving for sweets. Berries also contain fiber which reduces the amount of calories absorbed by the human body. Strawberries have fewer calories compared to other foods making them a better choice than blackberries which contain 74 calories per cup.

Broccoli
This is one of the most popular vegetables in America. Broccoli contains only 44 calories per cup when cooked. It also helps to fight cancer. Good broccoli has rich green florets with firm stems.

Eggs
Eggs contain protein which is difficult to digest and therefore they make the body work harder increasing metabolism. It is advisable to go for egg whites avoiding the yolks which are more likely to be full of cholesterol. They also contain Vitamin B12 which helps to destroy fat cells. However, eggs should be eaten in moderation.

Pepper
This includes jalapeno, habaneros and cayenne peppers. These are guaranteed to increase your metabolism causing fat to burn faster. Try adding a dash of cayenne to soups, eggs, beans or just about anything.

Fish
Fish in this case represents salmon, sardines and tuna. Salmon and Tuna have high levels of Omega 3 which lowers leptin levels in the body. Lower levels of leptin automatically result in higher levels of metabolism. Body builders have been known to survive on a pure sardine diet which helps their bodies to burn fat.

Other known fat burning foods include whole grain cereal, chicken, pork and lean meat.

When looking for an effective way to help you lose weight fast, choose fat burning foods in conjunction with a low-caloire eating plan. It is also important to get regular exercise to help burn extra calories and keep your metabolism running at its most optimum level.

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