The Top 5 Types of Fat Burning Foods Revealed
There’s a lot of information out there on fat burning foods, but the information is mixed, and sometimes misleading.
One website might tell you to eat low fat, while another says high fat and meat is the way to go.
It’s hard to know which source to listen to, isn’t it?
Then you have others who try to sell you expensive fat burning foods and pills that cost a fortune. In reality, they seldom have the effects they claim.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there are supplements that do help but they are no the regular fat burners you see on TV.
Fat burners can even be counterproductive when you want to lose that last bit of belly fat or love handles.
Focusing on the right fat burning foods will not only save you heaps of money, but it will give you much better long-lasting results, which is what we want, right?
After a decade or so of trying different system and discussing them with others there are some truths that have surfaced.
Some of it may seem strange, and it is, but it is also highly interesting and useful. The mainstream advice is based on old knowledge and plain moneymaking for the producer and seller.
The fat burning foods below will be surprisingly simple and best of all, it won’t cost you a fortune like some “magical” supplements or medications.
What Makes Fat Burning Foods Effective? 3 Simple Truths Revealed
There’s simple science behind why some fat burning foods work better than others. I like to keep things simple, so what you’re about to read will sound like common sense, which is exactly what it is.
1. Thermogenic Effect – Amount Of Calories Spent Processing The Food
All foods have a thermogenic or heat creating effect. When you make sure you eat high thermogenic foods you burn a lot more energy and still get to eat enough to keep you satisfied. This is why protein is the big winner.
Research shows that up to 30% of the calories in the protein you consume gets used up in digesting and processing it, so look for lean meats like grass fed beef, fish, eggs, whey protein powder.
2. Stable Blood Sugar – Constant Energy Levels
The second thing you need to aim for when you are looking for fat burning foods is a healthy and stable blood sugar.
This is where it gets interesting. The mainstream media and science would like to have you believe that fats are your enemy, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Fats like coconut oil, olive oil, fatty fish and yes even butter slow down your digestion and give you sustainable energy.
What about wholegrain foods then? They can be added, but for now, I recommend you keep them low.
No matter what form, carbohydrates in excess will give an insulin jolt and cause fat storage, hunger and low energy.
When you have stable energy levels the body feels comfortable releasing those fat stores.
3. Nutritionally Dense – A Satisfied Stomach And Metabolism At High Speed
Nutritionally dense food is severely lacking in our diet today. Meat, fish, greens, fruits, and nuts are all pure nutrient bombs. Bombs in a good way, of course 😉
Pasta, macaroni, bread, cakes, and all those foods that we are so used to are almost completely devoid of nutrients, and they damage your body by preventing the absorption of nutrients.
I’ve always been skeptical about vegetables, but the secret is to cook them right. Steaming is my absolute favorite way of preparing my greens. You may also want to use some organic butter on top of them.
The Top 5 Groups Of Fat Burning Foods
1. Meat & Fish
All meats are good as fat burning foods because of their high protein content. What you need to consider when you go shopping is that you get organic and grass-fed meat whenever possible. Organic foods are always more nutritious and fat burning.
Sure, sometimes organic meat is more expensive, but in the long-run, it is well worth it.
Meat is one of the best fat burning foods that at the same time provides your body with well-needed energy and nutrients.
When it comes to food that burn fat and build muscle, grass feed beef is the supreme winner. It actually beats salmon when it comes to omega-3 content.
You may have heard that too much meat is bad for you…
And while that is true of factory farmed beef, the opposite is true for organic, grass-feed meat.
Another myth we need to put down is that of foods with high cholesterol and saturated fat content.
Eating cholesterol rich food actually improves your lipid profile. These fats are very healthy for you. There is nearly two to six times more CLA and Omega 3 in grass fed cattle. These help burn fat and protect your cardiovascular system.
Then we have wild salmon, which is pretty commonly accepted as a healthy food. The caveat here comes from high levels of pollution in farmed salmon, mercury really isn’t the problem, it’s PCBs and other pollutants. Farmed salmon has up to 10x more pollutants, avoid if possible. Also the farmed salmon is often fed soybean meal and wheat; this reduces the omega-3 content.
Wild salmon has a lot of omega-3, B12, niacin, and selenium, and is an excellent source of B6 and magnesium. It is a perfect fat burning and health boosting food. Lots of nutrition, protein and good fats.
2. Organic Eggs
These beauties have been shunned for so long that they need their own section.
This is one of those fat burning foods that have been demonized for no good reason for the last 20-30 years. Truth is that high-cholesterol food raises our “good” cholesterol rather than the “bad.”
If you don’t like the taste, have you tried organic eggs? They are so much better. The regular mass produced eggs are just plain nasty, light yellow yolk, weak shells and terrible taste.
Organic eggs made me a believer in again; they have a solid golden yellow yolk, tough shell, and spectacular taste.
You need the cholesterol and the essential fats and nutrients contained in eggs. Most of these are in the yolk.
It contains Vitamin A, B and D, choline, selenium. Eggs are also abundant in lutein and zeaxanthin. If you don’t know what all these are, just take my word for it, it’s what you need for fantastic health.
The old advice of only eating 5-6 eggs a week is pure … and I totally disagree with it.
3. Veggies And Greens
Either you love vegetables or you hate them. No matter how you’ve felt about these jewels of the earth, they are one of the best fat burning foods you can eat. They fill you up with nutrition and satisfy hunger like nothing else.
Cook them right and they will taste absolutely beautiful.
Invest in a steamer; it is the number one way to preserve the nutrition and flavor, and throw in some Himalayan rock salt for minerals. That’s right, salt is not the enemy either.
Tomatoes are incredibly sweet when steamed, the perfect sauce, just smash them with a fork and spread over your meat and add a sprinkle of salt.
Carrots and beetroot tastes like sugary treats when steamed, a perfect addition in small amounts to give flavour.
Cauliflower and broccoli are the perfect substitute for the calories rich potatoes and rice. They contain lots of fibre and cancer fighting super nutrients. Cruciferous vegetables like these contain minerals and vitamins in abundance.
Leafy greens like spinach give you detoxifying chlorophyll and protect your arteries, reduce inflammation and much more. They are real medicine.
When you are looking for fat burning foods it doesn’t get any better than this. Veggies and greens have low calories, high nutrient content and numerous health benefits.
4. Berries – The Best Low Carb Dessert
Berries are a category in and of themselves that is rarely mentioned.
Often when you are changing your eating habits you experience cravings after a meal. I have discovered that those cravings are quickly eliminated when I eat a cup of berries.
They are low in carbs and very high in vitamins and protective phytonutrients.
Often when your body screams for candy or sugar you are just misunderstanding the signals.
Your body wants something tart and sweet.
Why you ask?
Sugar cravings are often response to the lack of vitamins. Give this a try. Take 1 gram of vitamin C with your meal and see what happens to those sugar cravings. Very often they just vanish.
In some cases you might need another 1 gram tablet of vitamin C with your next meal to see the benefits. When you eat berries regularly you will have plenty of vitamins in stock and the cravings are just gone.
5. Spices, Herbs And Thermogenic Herbal Supplements
This group is at number 5 because it belongs there. Most other information sources present the newest flash in the pan supplements as the absolute solution to fat burning.
From experience I can say they are wrong.
Most you can hope to burn when using a thermogenic herbal cocktail is around 100 extra calories a day.
Very often they are effective in reducing cravings and appetite. If you follow the suggestions above and eat the foods that burn fat that should not be an issue. You may find it hard to get enough food in you.
When your body has all the nutrients it needs and a level blood sugar there is no need for cravings.
I must say I just love playing with herbal extracts and supplements. They do work to some degree but never put them before the real foods that burn fat: meat, fish, fruits, and veggies.
Some of the proven ones are green tea extract, marginal fat burning and a lot of health benefits. If you like green tea then drink 4-10 cups of strong green tea a day for a little pick me up and a fat burning boost.
If you are getting the jitters or sleep disruption from your herbals reduce the dosage, rest is much more important for fat burning.
The Simple Summary – Focus on the Fat Burning Foods
This is a lot of information, but what it all comes down to is eating foods that burn fat on a regular basis, or put another way: eat healthy foods, exercise, and rest and you will see the fat melt off your body.
It’s simple, but not easy.