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Foods that burn fat
Certain foods have a thermogenic effect, so you burn calories as you chew. Other foods contain nutrients and compounds that stoke your metabolic fire. Feed your metabolism with these.
- Whole grains
Your body burns two times as many calories breaking down whole foods (especially those rich in fiber such as oatmeal and brown rice) than processed foods.
- Lean meats
Protein has a high thermogenic effect: You burn roughly 30 percent of the calories the food contains during digestion (so a 300-calorie chicken breast requires about 90 calories to break it down).
- Low-fat dairy products
Rich in calcium and vitamin D, these help preserve and build muscle mass that is essential for maintaining a robust metabolism.
- Green tea
In a recent study drinking four cups of green tea a day helped people shed more than six pounds in eight weeks. Credit EGCG, a compound in the brew that temporarily speeds metabolism after sipping it. To up your intake, keep a jug of iced tea in the fridge. Green tea is one of the most popular foods that burn fat.
One cup packs 35 percent of your daily iron needs which is good news, since up to 20% of us are iron- deficient. When you lack a nutrient, your metabolism slows down because the body’s not getting what it needs to work efficiently.
- Hot peppers
Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, warms up your body, which makes you burn additional calories. You can get it by eating raw, cooked, dried, or powdered peppers.
- Almonds and Other Nuts They slim your tummy by keeping it full. People who eat nuts feel full longer than those who eat rice cakes. Stick to 24 almonds a day to satisfy your hunger pangs without overloading on calories.