Fat Burning Foods – are there any such food that can actually burn away those adamant fats in your body?
Absolutely – it can, your body tends to store fat due to many reasons, however the major among them is slow metabolic rate.
Some food have the capacity to naturally enhance your metabolism. Of course there are fat burning additives in the market readily available with tonnes of promises, these however are not safe and also cause side effects. As Hippocrates says
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Here are 9 fat burning foods that naturally increase your metabolism and aids in fat loss
1. Garlic – The Number One Fat Burning Food
Garlic has always been the favorite to weight loss enthusiasts. Enough research results have shown in mice that dietary garlic reduced body weight and the mass of various white adipose tissue deposits and also ameliorated the high-fat diet-induced abnormal plasma and liver lipid profiles.
Garlic is rich in antioxidants and is excellent for heart patients. Taking garlic dissolves fat, and of course belly fat and cholesterol, it also reduces appetite.
Garlic is also found potent against cancer.
How to take Garlic for losing fat
- You can take raw garlic with warm water or warm lemon water the first thing in the morning.
- You can also fry roast garlic and have them if you find it difficult to consume raw garlic.
- crushed garlic with warm lemon juice and cinnamon powder can be taken early mornings.
Coffee is one among the most popular beverages. Caffeine in coffee has been studied for its efficacy in increasing metabolism and burning fat.
Around 3 to 13% increase in metabolic rate has been observed on coffee intake
In a small study conducted on nine people has suggested that people who consumed coffee before exercise burnt 17% more fat than those who did not take coffee.
However since caffeine is connected to anxiousness and insomnia one should restrict the total intake of coffee to 2 to 4 cups per day. Taking back coffee without sugar is proved to be most efficient.
3. Eggs For Fat Burning
Eggs contain all the essential amino acids, and in the right ratios. Eggs also keeps you full for long hours by curbing hunger.
A person having eggs for breakfast losses belly fat twice as the one having something else with the same amount of calories, mainly because of the protein in eggs and is very useful for maintenance and boost metabolism.
Consuming high protein foods has shown to increase due to the high thermic effect of proteins.
This means that high-protein foods, such as eggs, help you burn more calories.
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is loaded with health benefits.
In a recent study the waist of 20 obese men who took 2 tablespoons of coconut oil per day to their usual diet significantly reduced with a mean reduction of 2.86 cm or 0.97% from initial measurement, without changing their diet, so imagine if you were to take a planned diet – Oops! I am running to grab 2 tablespoons of coconut oil now.
Coconut oil is also seen to increase good HDL and decrease triglycerides in your body.
Consuming up to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily may help maximize fat burning. Make sure to start with a teaspoon or so and gradually increase the amount to avoid any digestive discomfort.
I use cold pressed virgin coconut oil from maxcare
5. Cauliflower For Weight Loss
Cauliflower diet is quite popular these days and not without a reason. Cauliflower is slowly replacing all the carbs that we generally consume, without losing out on taste.
However is just filling property of cauliflower is what is making it so popular, hmm- no, there is a lot more benefits of choosing cauliflower as one of our fat burning foods.
- Cauliflower is rich in fiber, making it the best for boosting your gut health. It also makes you feel full for longer time thereby keeping control on calorie intake.
- 92% of cauliflower is water w/w thus eases your weight-loss process. Oh and yes cauliflower has very low calories too.
- Cauliflower is a very good source of dietary vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, phosphorus, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, which can help improve insulin sensitivity by fueling the secretion of leptin. Leptin is a protein hormone that can help boost metabolism and regulate the body’s weight.
- Cauliflower also is rich in sulforaphane – a compound that helps in reducing risks of heart diseases and cancer.
So, you must next be looking for different recipes for cauliflower.
6. Turmeric For Boosting Metabolism
I know this might come as a surprise to you! Turmeric is a vital component in every dish in Indian Cuisine.
Turmeric has curcumin, which is an antioxidant, suppresses the inflammation that occurs in fat, pancreatic and muscle cells. Inflammation is the foremost reason for lowering metabolism in the body.
Turmeric is also found to help in reducing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and other metabolic conditions
Golden milk, in which turmeric powder and pepper powder are boiled in milk is a good way to start your day to boost your metabolism.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has always been credited with a wide range of health benefits including lowering blood sugar lever and reducing appetite.
Acetic acid found in vinegar has found to increase fat burning especially in the tummy area in many animal studies
A study conducted in 144 obese men by adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar in their regular diet has resulted in loss up to 2 kg in 12 weeks and reduction of 0.9% of body weight – that is really encouraging isn’t it?
You can begin taking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in your diet, in fact taking it with warm water early in the morning does do wonders. Some people may experience a light acidity in the beginning, so begin with a a few drops and work towards more.
Always buy organic raw apple cider vinegar and make sure to buy a trusted brand – what goes in should always be pure. My favorite one is WOW raw apple cider vinegar and you can get it here
8. Cinnamon – For Boosting Metabolism
Cinnamon always tops my list of treasured spice specially for the medicinal benefits it has on our overall wellbeing.
Not only does cinnamon increases the sensitivity of the body to insulin and control blood sugar levels, it also keeps your gut healthy. The fiber in cinnamon makes you feel full and also aids in better cleansing.
The most important benefit of cinnamon is the amount of energy that takes to digest it, since it is loaded with fibers, breaking them down is a tedious process and thus your body tries to cope up with boosting the metabolism.
My usual pick for a fresh cup of masal tea or my early morning weightloss drink is some good srilankan cinnamon,organically produced such as looms & weaves -Srilankan cinnamon powder
9. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne peppers are a type of chili pepper. They were originally grown in Central and South America, but brought to Europe in the 15th century by Christopher Columbus.
Cayenne peppers are a popular spice used in many different regional styles of cooking, and they have been used medicinally for thousands of years.
They are rich in antioxidants and have effective anti inflammation properties. These peppers also help in rejuvenating cells and protecting them from damage (Source)
Capsaicin – the anitoxidant present in chili peppers also help in burning fat and has seen to be capable of burning almost to the tune of 50 calories per day and thus helps maintain your weight.
you can read more about cayenne pepper here
10. Almonds – Boost Your Metabolism
Almonds have high protein and fiber content. This makes them the best snack to chew away your day. They are rich source of vitamin E and magnesium, a mineral that helps you to absorb more calcium both enhancing your metabolism.
Eating almonds everyday thus leads to weight loss and burns fat too. Omega 3 fatty acids present in almonds also successfully replace LDL or bad cholesterol in your body and help in improving your lipid profile.
Eat one handful of almonds everyday – to boost your metabolism and burn fat.