Introduction to fat burning foods
Losing weight isn’t easy, but it is achievable through a balanced diet and regular exercise. Often, people will look for quick fixes and ways to speed up the fat burning process and will often give in to gimmicky diets. Whilst there is no magic solution to weight loss, there are certain foods you can add to your diet which can naturally boost your body’s ability to burn fat as well give you an extra dose of energy.
Top 5 foods to burn fat fast
This super healthy food is a fitness pros dream, Although they high in fat, it’s actually healthy fat which not only helps protect your heart health but also encourages more efficient fat burning as it turns off your body’s natural fat storage hormones. Avocados are so versatile and can be enjoyed as part of a number of meals – although we do highly recommend a serving of avocado with a poached egg (just think of the extra protein boost in that meal!).
Coconut oil has recently emerged as the wonder substance. It’s a great addition to any diet with many claiming a huge range of health benefits including better digestion, reducing cholesterol levels, balancing blood sugar levels and boosting energy. The health benefit we’re interested in is it’s fat burning properties. A recent study found that fatty acids in coconut oil actually helped boost the metabolic rate of its overweight participants by up to 65%! Coconut oil can be easily introduced into your diet by using it in place of all cooking oils, butter and spreads, and in smoothies. Some also claim that adding a spoonful of coconut oil to their cup of coffee each morning can really help maintain energy levels and improve digestion. And speaking of coffee…
How many people do you know that need a cup of coffee to start their day? Whilst a hot cup of coffee is a great way to wake up you up in the morning, it can also cause metabolic rates to temporarily increase by up to 15% whilst speeding up your body’s ability to break down fat cells. A cup of coffee before a planned workout could help you get even better results both in your own performance and your body’s ability to use up its energy and fat stores, thanks to the energy and metabolic boost. Be careful not to overdo it on the coffee as you may end up with counter-productive results.
They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away – and judging by their health benefits this might have some truth in it! As well as being a friend of dentists, apples contain a lot of vitamins and nutrients which can do wonders for your health. When it comes to weight loss, apples are full of pectin and polyphenols. Pectin will remove fat and help prevent your body from absorbing it and turning it into those dreaded fat cells, whilst polyphenols can give your metabolism a boost.
Chillies & Peppers
When it comes to fat burning, the spicier the better. Spicy foods can help to reduce your appetite as they tend to leave you feeling fuller for longer, and they can also boost your metabolism. They do this by raising your body’s temperature so your body has to work harder and use more calories to regulate your temperature. On average you could stand to lose an extra 50 – 100 calories in one meals.