What are Fat Burning Foods?

My Bariatric Life Health Guide November 16, 2012

  • As noted in my prior article, Fat Burning Foods: Fact or Fallacy, there is a logic behind the premise of fat burning foods -- although the scientific community will not endorse them as the wonder foods that many claim them to be. Given that, the fact remains that these foods are healthy and would certainly compliment an already healthy diet.

     

    What is known and accepted is that foods that have a high fiber content do keep a person feeling full for a longer period and do make the body work harder to digest them.

    A diet that has plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, high quality meats and some dairy can help to promote weight loss. Add to this generous amounts of water and an hours worth of exercise on a weekly basis and you are on your way. With this understanding, here are some fat burning foods and an explanation of how they are said to work.


    How Fat Burning Foods Work

     

    Citrus Fruits

    Citrus fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines are rich in the vitamin C that is important in the process of fat metabolism. While grapefruit cannot claim a title as a miracle fat burning fruit, it can help person feel full with fewer calories.

    Fruit is generally a good food for weight loss because it is high in water content and soluable fiber that takes longer to digest. It can improve metabolism and reduce bad cholesterol.

    Vegetables

    Most vegetables are low in calories and contain minerals and vitamins that are said to improve metabolism. Broccoli, spinach, peas, cabbage, and carrots are all good examples. Vegetables are also fat free.

     


    Hot peppers contain the compound capsaicin, which curbs the appetite and speeds up metabolism a bit. Their impact on weight loss is low level, although people normally eat less if the food is spicy.

    Raw vegetables make for a good snack. They are low in calories, and their water content helps you to feel full. Half a cup of diced celery contains only eight calories.

    Poultry

    Chicken generally does not have a high fat content or a great deal of carbohydrates. They are a good source of protein, which requires more energy to be stored as fats. Protein also keeps a person full for a longer period and burns more calories when being digested.

    Eggs

    Having eggs for breakfast will keep hunger away for a longer period than a bagel or some other carb. One egg has 7 grams of protein and only 75 calories. If cholesterol is a problem for you, make some conversation with your physician regarding eggs in your diet.

    Fish

    Fish is one of the best sources of protein and is usually low in fat. Those types of fish that do contain fat have a healthy type of fat. Omega 3 fatty acids are in salmon and herring and are believed to protect against heart disease.

     

    Living life well-fed,

    MBL

    References:
    FitDay - http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/fat-burning-foods
    too-good-to-be-true.html
    I Am Not Obese - http://www.iamnotobese.com/fat-burning-food-list.php
    WebMD - http://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-fat-fighting-foods

     

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