Want some great news as you pursue a healthy body? There is convenient and tasty fat burning food that jump-starts your metabolism when you eat it. Enjoy effective weight loss and great food that’s good for you at the same time.
Oatmeal and Whole Grains
If you haven’t been eating breakfast as a habit, then think again. A good breakfast wakens your metabolism and keeps you from binging on junk food later in the morning or at lunch. A perfect start to your day is oatmeal. This wonderful food provides fast energy while stabilizing blood glucose levels. Because these are complex carbs, oatmeal provides sustained energy and none of the crashes that come later with junk food. Oatmeal is also high in fiber. Add another proven fat burning food – non-fat milk – to your warm oatmeal and you’ve got both fiber and calcium working on your behalf. Want another great benefit of oatmeal? It even lowers your cholesterol.
Here’s the caveat though. Avoid the pre-packaged, flavored oatmeal so prevalent on store shelves. All that sugar just amounts to extra calories that fights against the fat burning properties of the oatmeal. Only use plain, whole oats for the greatest benefit. If you need a little sweetness, feel free to throw in a few raisins or other pieces of fruit.
Most people believe that whole wheat products – bread and pastas – are healthy and, therefore, desirable to eat. While they definitely provide nutrition that refined grains cannot, many people find that they lose weight easier by giving up wheat products altogether. Wheat is relatively new to the human diet, having been introduced in only the last 2,000 years. The human digestive system has not yet fully adapted to large amounts of wheat and many people are allergic to it without even knowing it. By replacing wheat with better whole grains like quinoa, millet, spelled, sprouted grains, amaranth, brown rice and more, you may see some profound and positive changes in your weight loss efforts. Fortunately, these other whole grains are delicious, so you won’t have to suffer to get a healthy body.
Beans and Nuts
Beans and nuts are two examples of fat burning food that mimic two great qualities of oatmeal. They also contain fiber and they help keep you full so you’re less tempted to grab for sugary, empty calorie snacks. However, they also contain protein which helps build the lean muscle mass you develop as you exercise. And all that lean muscle is an extremely effective weight loss tool as it burns calories much better than fat.
Citrus and Ginger
Citrus foods rank highly in lists of fat burning food because of their vitamin C content. This exceptional vitamin boosts your immune system and burns fat faster. How does it burn fat? Well, it speeds up metabolism and helps break down fat molecules, speeding up their ability to be flushed from your body rather than accumulating in all the places you don’t want it to be.
The greatest part of citrus as a fat burner is all the wonderful fruits and veggies you get to eat! Be sure to go for a variety. Look at oranges, grapefruits, mangoes, kiwi, tangerines, tomatoes, orange and red peppers, and broccoli as good sources. Try to avoid drinking fruit juice and instead opt for eating the whole fruit, which is full of fat-killing fiber. Want a great tip for getting even more vitamin C in your diet? If you’ve been reading the articles on this site, then you know that water is a great fat burning tool. Try squeezing fresh lemons or limes in your water to not only liven up the flavor of the water (so you don’t get bored with it) but give yourself an extra shot of vitamin C throughout the day.
Want to lose up to 20% more fat than others working to lose weight? Studies show this is possible when people eat ginger. This tangy food is a vasodilator, which means it improves circulation and opens up the blood vessels. In doing so, it can really boost your metabolism.
Add a fat burning kick to your recipes by combining both ginger and citrus flavors. They go well together and will have you losing weight and saying ‘yum!’ all at the same time.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Throw away your cans of Pam and choose extra virgin olive oil instead. Heart-healthy and full of HDL – the good kind of cholesterol – this wonder food actually helps clear bad cholesterol from your arteries and increases your metabolism all at the same time. A good option is to substitute it for butter and margarine. And another good way to get raw olive oil into your diet is to use it as a replacement for salad dressing. A light splash on your greens gives you an incredibly nutritious weight loss dish. Even the non-fat salad dressings can’t say they burn fat when you eat them!
Use fat burning food as a tool to enrich your taste buds and lose pounds at the same time. Here’s to effective weight loss!