Also see my previous article “Five Fat Burning Foods for Women for Every Diet”
This might sound a little crazy but eating can actually help you lose that stubborn fat you’ve been struggling with for some time now. But before you devour everything in your fridge, you have to know that not all foods are created equal. Be careful in choosing what to put inside your mouth, or else you might end up with more fat than ever. To make sure you pick the right stuff, check out this list of top 5 fat burning foods.
Fat-Burning Food # 1 – Apple
An apple a day keeps not only the doctor but also the fat away. There are three ways apples can bring you closer to your weight loss goals. For one, apple is packed with fiber, about five grams per fruit. Eating three apples can keep you full and curb cravings for the rest of the day.
Two, eating an apple before a meal can lower caloric intake by as much as 15 percent. A study revealed that people who eat apples before lunch or dinner took in 185 less calories than those who don’t. And three, apples contain enzymes that speed up digestion and in turn, boost metabolism for faster fat shedding.
Fat-Burning Food # 2 – Hot peppers
Good news for all chili peppers lovers-capsaicin, the very same substance that gives peppers the kick you’ve grown to love, can boost metabolic rate by increasing the body temperature. Heating up the body enables it to burn more calories and lose more fat.
In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was indicated that participants burned more calories within an hour of consuming a substance called capsinoids, which are similar to capsaicin and can be found in sweet peppers. So if you don’t mind the extra heat, pile in those hot peppers. Add them to your soup, egg, meat, stir-fry, sauce, and even dessert (if you’re feeling adventurous).
Fat-Burning Food # 3 – Kale
Not only is kale brimming with fiber to keep you full much longer, it is also a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals that can promote good health, and support your physical workout. It’s also low in calories, meaning you can eat a lot of kale and not worry about packing in extra calories. A hundred grams only contain a little over 30 calories!
And because it’s highly nutritious (it’s loaded with vitamin A, calcium, iron and phytonutrients among many other things), you not only burn fat, you also become healthier and stronger. Kale can be eaten raw, steamed, or stir-fried.
Fat-Burning Food # 4 – Salmon
Here’s another crazy-sounding idea, eat fatty fish like salmon to keep the fat off. How would that work? Salmon and other fatty fish have omega 3 fatty acids that ward off insulin sensitivity, which can help tone the muscles and get rid of fat. With more muscles, you can burn more fat effectively.
Not to mention, lean protein sources can also curb your appetite by making you feel full for a longer period. A 2001 study showed that people who eat diet rich in MUFA (a substance that can be found in salmon) can lose an average of 9 pounds while those who don’t gain an average of 6 pounds per month. Replace red meat with salmon in the recipes that you plan to cook for the week.
Fat-Burning Food # 5 – Blueberries
Blueberries are certainly deserving of the term superfood. Among all the varieties of berries, blueberries have the highest concentration of antioxidants, which protect you from numerous health problems including heart disease and cancer. As for its weight loss benefits, blueberries pack a whopping 4 grams fiber per serving. Plus they keep you full with only 80 calories.
So what are you waiting for? Dig in! And tell us, which of these top fat burning foods for women you love and which you’d rather ditch?