We know, it sounds like it’s too good to be true. But there actually are some things you can eat that spike the metabolism, trigger hormones that release fat, and eliminate toxins that make it hard for your body to shed unwanted pounds. Just be cautioned: For these foods to work their miracles, they must be consumed as part of a clean diet. That’s right; don’t expect to make up for a junk-filled day by noshing on a few fat-burning kale chips.
Whether it’s turning off fat genes, helping to build muscle that robs energy from adipose cells, revving your metabolism and ability to burn fat, or helping you feel fuller longer so you consume fewer calories, these foods have been proven to show an increased rate of fat loss. So incorporate these healthy fat burning foods into your diet to whittle your waist and bring your midriff back in line.
Berries are packed with fiber up to 9 grams in a cup, and antioxidants, but contain less sugar than most fruits. That combo makes them a satisfying and healthy choice.
This king of vegetable is not only the most nutrient-dense food on the planet; it also helps suppress the appetite and clears toxins from the body. Four cups of kale has 10 grams of fiber and enough detoxifying nutrients to super-charge your liver’s detoxification pathways for 48 hours! A cleaner body means fewer cravings for sugar and fried food, your fat cells’ greatest allies.
The much-maligned fat in avocado is actually a triple-fat burner. Its monounsaturated fat plumps up cell membranes, enabling cells to better chat with fat-burning hormones. It also switches off the body’s fat storage hormones. In addition, it boosts the metabolism by protecting the energy-producing part of cells from free radical damage. Bring on the guacamole!
4. Chia Seeds
Packed with omega-3 fats, fiber, and protein, these tiny seeds help suppress the appetite, fire up the metabolism, and turn on glucagon, one of the body’s fat-burning hormones. The trick is to soak them for 15 minutes so they swell up to 10 times their size. Just as with oatmeal, the larger the seeds are, the quicker your stomach will release those hormones that let you know you’re full—and hopefully satisfied.
Wild salmon has more brain-, heart-, joint-, and gut-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than any other food, plus its low-glycemic, meaning it prevents insulin spikes and fat storage around the middle. The key to staying lean is the balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. And the fats in salmon are satisfying, making it difficult to overeat.
6. Hemp Seeds
Hemp isn’t just beneficial in beauty products. Sprinkling the seeds on cereal and salads can also be great for your body. Hemp seeds contain alpha-linolenic acids, a type of omega-3 fatty acid, which studies show help boost metabolism.
7. Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Japanese researchers recently discovered that sun-dried tomatoes can effectively activate your DNA to burn more fat. Tomatoes are also brimming in beta-carotene and lycopene, two potent antioxidants that mop up harmful compounds that promote fat storage. One study found people whose diets contained the most beta-carotene and lycopene had the smallest waists and the least belly fat. And at only 5 calories a piece, grab a few sun-dried tomatoes!
8. Coconut Oil
Not all dietary fats are created equal. Coconut oil is rich in medium-chained-triglycerides (MCTs), which your body preferentially uses for energy, leaving less opportunity for them to be stored as fat. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed a greater abdominal fat loss over a 16-week period when MCTs were consumed versus olive oil. That doesn’t mean ditching your olive oil entirely. Instead, use coconut oil to cook with and olive oil for a salad dressing.
9. Green Tea
Green tea works in three distinct ways to help strip away fat from your body. Green tea can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells). Another group of researchers found that the tea is also a rich source of antioxidants that trigger the release of fat from the cells and help speed the liver’s ability to turn fat into energy.
10. Brown Rice
This natural whole grain is high in chromium, a mineral that helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. The result? Reducing insulin resistance and fat storage. Just the perfect food for your craving for that starch filled white rice. It even tastes good!
Including some of these foods into your diet plan will most definitely boost your metabolism and ultimately lead to fat loss and better overall health!