It’s no mystery, if you want to lose weight, you need to change your diet. You can spend hours at the gym lifting weights and jogging on the treds, but if you are not eating right, all you are is a sore body of strong muscle wrapped up in a mattress of fat. In this post we are focusing on Foods That Burn Fat Fast. Many of these items you may be ignoring or never new were so powerful for shredding that fat off your body. Stop missing out on these key items that will target fat burning, curb your hunger, and make you healthier than any weight loss program will.
This one is a no-brainer for fat loss. Water should be your best friend that never leaves your side if you want to start burning up that fat. Research reveals that just by drinking 2 cups of water you can boost your metabolic rate by 30%. If you drank 2 glasses of water before breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily for a year, you would burn around 5lbs of body fat alone. We’re not talking water weight, we are talking about dropping pure unwanted FAT! Just imagine if you increase your intake of water beyond that!!! Your ultimate daily goal should be half your body weight in ounces to get the best results when it comes to water intake. Just be sure to watch out for those easy to fall for additives and enhancers. Many of them are loaded with extra junk that have reverse affects to the results you think your getting. Check out my “Drink More Water” section on my Skinny Nut page to learn more about burning fat and water intake.
Oatmeal is an awesome source for destroying fat. Not only is it affordable, but it comes loaded with tons of nutrients…more specifically…carbs and fiber. Our bodies need a good source of energy to burn fat, and the good carbs you get from oatmeal will do just that. The fiber in oatmeal brings improved digestion for your body, and a nice slow burn to curb that appetite until lunch or snack time. It is also extremely versatile as well, allowing you to add other great foods to magnify the nutritional benefit of your oatmeal such as blueberries, bananas, nuts, etc.. But beware…it can be tempting to add ingredients like cream and sugar which can take away the nutritional value. Also, stay away from instant oatmeal as it is loaded with some bad additives and the nutrition drastically declines from that of traditional oatmeal oats. Keep it old fashioned, and if possible, steel-cut oats will get you the most results. If you can’t stand oatmeal made with water, use 1% milk, or a milk substitute like unsweetened almond milk instead. Some nutritional secrets to increase the fact burning qualities of oatmeal are to add two egg whites when you cook it. The eggs contain high quality protein to increase the burning. Also, you can add chai or flax seeds to enhance the fiber content as well. For best results, try to eat a serving of oatmeal 3 times a week.
Almonds and Walnuts
All nuts are great and contain trace sources of nutrients, but some come with other unwanted things. Almonds and Walnuts however, are loaded with nutrients and are two of the best options for you in the nut category. When considering burning fat, almonds are packed with mono-unsaturated fat which will satisfy your appetite and help you to not over-eat. It also has dietary fiber which will not only bring great digestion, but also contribute to that feeling full sensation after eating only a handful. This makes for a great snack choice at mid-day or when you have cravings. Walnuts are a rich source of omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid, and just one ounce will bring about 3g of omega-3 fat burning power. Both of these nuts are a great combo and can even add them to other fat burning foods like oatmeal and salads to magnify your all-on assault on fat.
Beans and Legumes
Beans are a powerful weight-loss super food. Among all the other benefits beans deliver to your health, regular bean eaters have been known to have smaller waistlines and lower their risk of obesity by 22%. Much of this is due to the huge concentration of fiber in every bean. With every gram of fiber we eat in our diet, we eliminate seven calories. Your average cup of beans will pack a punch of 15 grams of fiber which is already 60% of the recommended daily minimum. Do the math, and you have some fat incinerating results. What’s also great is today there are so many great recipes to enjoy your beans with. You can make the traditional chili or other bean recipes, but another neat trick is to use bean flour like garbanzo or fava beans in your baking recipe which will enhance the fat burning benefits on some of your healthy treats…and the naughty ones too.
Spinach and Green Veggies
Spinach and Green Veggies are arguably the most impactful source to weight-loss on the list. When consuming your greens, you will be burning more calories than you are taking in, and they will also keep you fuller longer which will keep you from going into binge mode. Not to mention, some veggies, like broccoli, are nutrient rich in protein as well for you weight lifters out there. When you think of Spinach and Green Veggies you may feel yourself feeling the need to roll your eyes and want to skip over that category. After all, these are probably the most unpopular and unwanted foods in many dishes, and yet, every diet plan includes those leafy greens. However you view this one, trust when I say, the benefits of these greens far outweigh the cons. Not only are greens fat burning nuclear bombs of mass destruction, if you make this a main part of your diet, there is an endless list of healthy bodily benefits in the cancer, cholesterol, and heart health arena. Also, you don’t have to eat a plain bowl of broccoli or spinach like a cow or rabbit like some may think. Instead, add them as an ingredient to your favorite shake or smoothie mix…or make a fun salad. I often enjoy a good serving of spinach along with each bite of my chicken. Try sautéing some kale over extra virgin olive oil for a really yummy charred tasting crispy snack. There are so many more fun tasting secrets out there to utilize if you are ready to discover.
I LOVE red meat! I think many people would agree. However, too much of anything can kill you, and red meat is no exception to the rule. There are a lot of great benefits to eating a good steak, however, when it comes to weight-loss you are going to get WAY better results switching your red meat portion for Salmon. We are talking the wild caught version, not the cheaper-fatty-low nutrition-farm variety. Many fear salmon due to its high calories and fat content, but don’t let this deter you. Fish in general contain more proteins than carbs, and the body burns more calories when digesting protein than it does carbs. It just so happens salmon is LOADED with protein making it a great fat burning meat, and with the calorie level you will get a nice long burn that your body will feel satisfied off of for a while which means no binge later! The fat in salmon is full of omega 3 fats which are actually great for losing weight and healthy for your heart and body. Not only is the fat in salmon a good fat source, studies show that those who had approx. 5-ounces of salmon a week for four weeks in a low-calorie diet lost 2.2lbs more than those not eating salmon in the same low-calorie diet. If you increase that amount to three times a week, there is a potential to magnify that result. Recommended portions are 3-5-ounces.
Now you know some of the best foods to focus on in order to increase your metabolic rate and start burning fat fast. However, there are a lot more foods out there with powerful fat burning abilities along with a lot of easy recipes to enjoy them with. You could make every meal and snack a fat burning powerhouse. If you would like to dig further and discover more foods and some great fat burning recipes as well, then look no further!!!