Exercising is essential to a healthy lifestyle but how you choose to fuel your body is just as important, if not more. You’ll be pleased to find that there are certain types of foods out there that will help you burn fat quicker and without much effort. Don’t think of it as some sort of depriving diet as the foods on this list are full of taste and flavor, organic and healthy.
Fast fat burning foods refers to those types of food that require your body to burn a higher number of calories in order to process it than the amount of calories in the food itself. Don’t fool yourself thinking that a small treat in the evening is acceptable just because it contains ‘only’ 100 calories. Truth is, your body will use 25 of those calories to process the dessert and you’ll be left with a surplus of 75 calories, a surplus that will more than likely turn into fat. Opt for a piece of apple instead and you will end up burning off more calories. How? Well, due to its texture, your body will use more energy to process it than its calorie content so in the end you will be about 30 calories ‘poorer’.
Diversity is the key so have a look at the following fast fat burning foods and mix them into your daily menus. The results will shortly start to show, and that’s a promise!
Nuts make excellent choices as they suppress appetite and it only takes about two handfuls of almonds to feel less hungry. Nuts are also great for their versatility as they go with pretty much anything: salads, yogurts, cereal, which means not only you are gaining flavor but you are also allowing your body to realize it does not need as much food as we believe it does. Be wary though, nuts are healthy only when consumed raw! Avoid roasted or honey glazed nuts as they will only make you gain fat, not burn it!
- Green vegetables
Green vegetables are rich in chlorophyll, fiber, minerals, vitamins and even protein! To put it simply, they are just perfect. The chlorophyll stimulates the production of red blood cells and cleanses the blood and thus gives your body the chance to detox. As a result, your metabolism will get the kick it needs and you will be burning fat like you never have. As with anything else, green vegetables are best consumed raw. But if you’re fed up with salads and fancy a change juice a handful of green leafs with a couple of apples and a dash of lemon and your body will get the daily nutrients it needs. You can also steam or grill them and have them with a dash of homemade dressing for an extra kick taste wise.
- Beans and Pulses
Beans and pulses have got a high fiber content and are also low in calories, in other words ideal! The fiber helps you feel fuller for longer so you no longer have such a high calorie intake. They are also rich in protein and iron, both essential for fat and weight loss. Try different sorts of beans and pulses such as black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, lima beans, lentils or soybeans and make sure you don’t overcook them.
Berries are a great source of antioxidants which help your hair and skin look great whilst also being low in calories. They are rich in fiber, pectin and have a high water content so they will fill you up quickly, inhibit sugar cravings and thus help you lose weight the healthy way. Be wary of their sugar content though so try to limit your servings to a handful a day. And if you are wondering which berries are the best, the answer is all! Mulberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, try them all and you will feel the benefits.
- Olive Oil
I agree this sound odd but studies at the University of Illinois showed that subject who consumed olive oil prior to their meals, consumed 25% less calories than those who didn’t. Due to its high monosaturated fats content, olive oil diminishes food craving, especially those for sweet things. Use good quality olive oil to get the best of it, preferably cold-pressed or extra virgin.