Burning fat is as simple as burning more calories than you consume throughout the day. A healthy diet coupled with a regular exercise routine is the best way to meet your weight loss goals. Incorporate these five healthy foods into your diet to help increase your fat burning potential.
- Hot peppers- Capsaicin is the compound in peppers that gives them their spicy flavor. Capsaicin can be found in most chili peppers including cayenne peppers, habaneros, and jalapenos. Consuming capsaicin will raise your overall body temperature and increase your metabolic rate by up to 8%, allowing you to burn more calories with less work. Spice up your meals with some diced pepper, to help increase your fat burning potential.
- Salmon- Salmon is a high protein, low fat food that can fill you up and energize you without packing on the pounds. In fact, research has suggested that salmon may even help with weight loss, due to being a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are a heart-healthy fat that have been shown to reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol. Eating a diet rich in omega-3’s can help expedite weight loss, while lowering your risk of heart attack.
- MCT oil- MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides) is an oil made from palm kernel oil and coconuts. Unlike long chain fats, they digest easier and more rapidly, providing quick energy and boosting the calories burned. Though, given MCT oil is a fat, overconsumption can also lead to weight gain. MCT oil is best consume in small quantities prior to a workout. It will give you extra energy during your workout and increase your calorie burning potential.
- Green Tea- There is a substance found in green tea called catechins, which can be used to help meet your weight loss goals. Catechins stimulate the metabolism and can increase the rate at which you burn calories. Catechins have also been shown to be anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous. Furthermore, green tea also contains caffeine, which speeds the heart rate and causes you to burn more calories. Consider drinking green tea throughout the day, in place of your regular beverage choice, to expedite your weight loss and meet your goals sooner.
- Avocado- Avocados are a high calorie food, but just because something contains a lot of fat doesn’t mean it will make you fat. Two thirds of the calories in avocados are composed of what is known as monounsaturated oleic acid. Unlike saturated fats, monounsaturated oleic acid is a very slow burning fat sources, providing a consistent and sustained energy and improving insulin sensitivity. Avocados have also been shown to reduce hunger, encouraging a natural calorie reduction throughout the day.
FitDay: How Spicy Foods Can Speed up Your Metabolism
University of Maryland Medical Center: Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Healthiest Foods: Avocados for Weight Loss
WebMD: Green Tea Fights Fat