Fat burning foods increase metabolic activity (thermogenesis) which increases the rate the body burns stored fat to release energy. This takes place either through direct metabolic stimulation or in many cases the food requires more energy to digest than the number of actual calories in the food. These types of foods are commonly referred to as “negative calorie foods.”
A good deal of skepticism is in order when reading the information available on the net. Yes, foods can raise your metabolic rate, research has clearly shown this. However, in most cases the amount of increase is very small yet many health websites make it appear as though the amount is significant. The problem with this misinformation is that people desperate to lose weight see a list of foods shown to raise metabolism and then binge on those foods. Doing this has the potential of severely compromising their overall nutrition profile.
A Better Dietary Strategy
While the fat burning (thermogenic) impact of certain foods is very real, research shows in most cases it is relatively small. However, a good fat loss strategy would be to incorporate these foods into your current diet.
Once you are aware of foods that raise metabolism a practical approach would be to eat nutrient-dense natural foods and then add lower caloric higher thermogenic foods.
Combining thermogenic foods with appropriate amounts and types of essential fats, lots of vegetables, and the right amount on complex carbohydrates can literally ignite your digestive system and turn your metabolism into a fat burning engine. This approach is not only practical you don’t need to use dietary supplements, drugs or exotic diets.
The Plan – How to assemble a fat burning meal
#1 – Choose a vegetable i.e. broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, green beans
#2 – Add a protein
#3 – Add complex carbs or grains such as brown rice, oats, or sweet potatoes.
Fat Burning Fruits
These fruits are HIGH in vitamins and LOW in calories. Eat as much as you like. Apples, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, grapefruit, grapes, honeydew, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, pineapple, prunes, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, tomatoes and watermelon.
Fat Burning Vegetables
Best eaten raw or steamed lightly. Eat as much as you like. Artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onions, parsley, peas, peppers, pumpkin, radishes, red cabbage, sauerkraut, scallions, spinach, squash, string beans and turnips.
Fat Burning Spices
Chili powder, cinnamon, fennel seeds, ginger, garlic, parsley.
Fat Burning Proteins
Most protein carry too many calories and fat to be eaten in large quantities. Examples of good protein are lean chicken and turkey, salmon, crab, flounder and sardines is safe to eat until you’re full.
Top 10 Fat Burning Foods
Water, green tea, salad, milk (moo juice), soup, whole grains, turkey (protein), oatmeal, fresh fruits and veggies, grapefruit.
Metabolism Boosting Cocktail
According to a group of Oxford researchers, hot spices can boost your metabolism by an extra 25%! A metabolism boosting cocktail consisting of, for example, cayenne pepper, will assist your body not only by burning off calories, but will also give you more energy. An excellent fat burning foods cocktail is a glass of V-8 or tomato juice sprinkled with cayenne and tobassco. Stir with a celery stick. Now your body is going to be demolishing calories.
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