I hear questions all the time, "How do I get rid of my stomach?" or "How can I lose fat the fastest?" Has one of those gone through your mind before? I, in turn, have to ask, "Have you ever wondered about the true power and potential of certain foods?" If not, you definitely should. It's possible you've been searching for the answer, but asking the wrong questions! Some foods sound like all-out Superheroes (because they are) when you read their benefits and attributes. That's why I've compiled this list of Top 6 Fat Burning Foods. If you want to lose weight fast, or get rid of your stubborn belly fat, implement these into your diet as soon as possible!
Green Tea: The Japanese have this one right, and it's probably a huge reason to their longevity and health. In Japan, "ocha" as it's called is served everywhere, all the time. When I was there last year, I couldn't get enough. Studies show green tea can reduce the size of your fat cells and make your muscle cells more active. Its many positive weight management attributes include the following: The ability to increase metabolism resulting in the burning of body fat. The ability to suppress the absorption of fat. High levels of an important polyphenol antioxidants, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is believed to be responsible for much of green tea's promise in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, obesity, Alzheimer's, cancer, periodontal disease and dental cavities. Some studies say that consuming five cups of green tea a day can burn around 80 calories. Consuming green tea also enhances your mood.
Cinnamon: This aromatic spice helps move glucose into the cells faster (metabolize sugar) so our fat storage hormone, insulin, hangs around a lot less. Eating as little as 1/4 to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon a day was found to reduce blood sugar levels and cut cholesterol from 10 to 25 percent.
Eggs: Eggs are the ultimate food and nature's most powerful protein source. In the not-too-distant past however, eggs had a bad rap due to cholesterol claims. Thankfully however, the clout has been lifted and their are now several studies that show dietary cholesterol has very little effect on blood cholesterol levels. Your body’s cholesterol levels are typically a result of high arterial inflammation caused by processed carbohydrates. Free-range eggs are packed with essential fatty acids and protein – definitely a great combination for a fat-burning food. Loads of research has been done that supports the notion of those who start their day with eggs not only eat fewer calories throughout the day, but also lose significantly more bodyfat.
Dark Chocolate: A particularly sweet study found that daily consumption of roughly one and a half ounces of dark chocolate (about the amount in a Hershey's bar) reduced the stress hormone cortisol. (Stress has been linked to a sluggish metabolism.) Researchers suspect that certain compounds in chocolate, like caffeine and theobromine, may be responsible. Another reason to indulge: An intriguing study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that adults who ate moderate amounts of chocolate regularly were actually thinner than those who didn't, even though they consumed more calories and exercised the same amount. The darker, the better...chocolate that contains at least 70 percent cocoa.
Avocados & Fish: The mono-unsaturated fats found in avocados are burned readily for fuel during exercise and actually encourage fat burning. Avocados also contain a very interesting carb called mannoheptulose, a sugar that actually blunts insulin release and enhances calcium absorption, both of which are critical for encouraging fat loss.
The fats in fish oil activate proteins in your body that increase fat-burning for energy. Eat fish like salmon and halibut. Our bodies usually convert alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) to DHA, at only about a 5% efficiency. This makes it difficult to get DHA from a plant based diet. Fish is a great way to skip this conversion and get right to the end product – DHA. Fish also of course contains plenty of lean protein for building fat-burning muscles.
Water: Water is so key, so pivotal for many health triggers. Proper hydration can elevate your metabolism by 3 percent, helping you burn more fat. Contrary to popular belief, if someone is retaining “water weight,” their body probably needs more water in the first place! Drink water to flush out bloat and eliminate fluid retention.
Honorable Mention - Broccoli: This fibrous carb doesn't provide many net carbs or calories, but it can make you feel full - one reason why it's a great food for getting lean. Not only is it packed full of fiber which aids your metabolism and gastrointestinal system, it's insanely nutrient packed as well. No other food has such a drastic nutrient-to-calorie ratio. Broccoli contains phytochemicals that also help enhance fat loss.