When it comes to losing weight, not all food is gender blind. Some foods have been shown to help women lose weight, while others help men shed pounds. Here are the best fat burning foods a man can eat – and they’re all delicious:
Bulk up on beans to lose pounds
Studies show that more beans mean fewer pounds. Beans are high in fiber, nutrient rich, and not as high calorie as their meat counterparts. Try to have at least three cups of beans a week in your diet. Consider replacing one or two meat entrees with beans – as well as having beans as a snack or side dish.
Black bean soup, pinto bean burritos, and curried chick peas are filling bean based entrees that taste great. Baked beans and bean salad are delicious bean side dishes. Bean dips like hummus and southwestern bean dip are both easy ways to snack on beans.
Snack on nuts to get trim
It may seem crazy to suggest eating more nuts to lose weight, but studies show these high calorie treats actually help shred pounds. People who eat a moderate amount of nuts each day weigh less than those who don’t eat many nuts. Since nuts are high in protein and fiber, they help eaters feel more satisfied more quickly.
Carry a handful of nuts with you in a bag for a snack on the go. Or sprinkle nuts over your oatmeal, salads, or yogurt for a protein boost. Nut incrusted lean protein is a delicious, healthy dinner. And you can’t go wrong with a natural almond butter or peanut butter sandwich.
Spice it up to eat less
It’s hard to believe that eating delicious spicy food can encourage weight loss, but studies show that people eating spicy food eat fewer calories. There is also some research suggesting spicy food can boost your metabolism. So don’t be shy with the hot pepper shaker.
To indulge in spicy foods that are healthy, look for lighter options in Mexican, Thai, Indian, and Vietnamese cuisine. A spicy dish packed with vegetables is a great double dose of health. And don’t be shy about adding a little hot sauce to everything savory you eat. Hot sauce is naturally low in calories, and a little goes a long way.
Blueberries can shrink your belly
Forget paying out the nose for the latest exotic superfood that’s supposed to shrink your waistline. There is actual evidence that blueberries help burn belly fat. Blueberries are shown to improve health overall and shrink the fat on your stomach.
Blueberries are known to work best when combined with a low fat diet. Try them in a yogurt parfait, over oatmeal, or in a salad. Blueberries are a great snack on their own, and it wouldn’t hurt to add a pint or two to your weekly shopping list.
Drink green tea to fight fat
Green tea has been shown to help the body accumulate less fat, along with promoting overall health and wellness. Drink at least four cups of green tea a day to benefit from its fat reducing properties. And if you switch over from sugary cola or coffee drinks, you’ll consume fewer calories as well.
Getting your green tea fix doesn’t have to mean drinking grassy, hot cups of green tea. There are delicious flavored green teas on the market now, and many are lovely as iced teas. Many coffee shops offer their own iced green tea blends, and you won’t believe that they’re actually good for you once you taste them.