#11 – Eggs
Remember we explored the fact that your body has to work harder to digest protein so it helps boost your metabolism and burn more fat? Eggs are loaded with protein!
Yes, they also have cholesterol, but researchers are now discovering that eating cholesterol rich foods does not necessarily impact your blood cholesterol levels.
Instead, they are targeting dietary fat, especially the unhealthy kinds, like saturated fats and partially hydrogenated fats (otherwise known as “trans fats”).
Even so, if you’re still worried that eating eggs would send your cholesterol skyrocketing, you could cut out the yolks and eat just the whites (all of the cholesterol in an egg is within the yolk).
Or, try one of those egg substitutes you can buy in the supermarket; they are made just from the egg whites and no yolks.
#12 – Whole Grains
Are you surprised to know that carbohydrates like whole grains can help you lose more weight? Whole grains are helpful in this respect because of one thing and one thing only: FIBER.
Foods high in fiber are digested more slowly than simple carbohydrates like white sugar, white rice, and foods made from white refined flour like white bread.
Remember, when you eat simple carbohydrates like these, your blood sugar rises dramatically.
In response, your pancreas releases a flood of insulin, which sends a signal to your body that you have enough energy for fuel and it’s time to start storing the rest of the sugar as fat!
Eating whole grains can help you avoid this downward spiral by slowing digestion and reducing the amount of insulin that is released into your bloodstream.
Therefore, less fat being stored, and more fat being burned.
#13 – Citrus Fruit
Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes are rich in Vitamin C, which has a liquefying effect on fat and cholesterol deposits and flushes them out of the body.
Beyond citrus fruits, there are also a few vegetables that are good sources of Vitamin C, including asparagus, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and green peppers.
#14 – Olive Oil
How can a fat like olive oil help you burn more fat? It seems impossible but many studies have been done on the health benefits of olive oil, and it is touted as one of the healthiest oils available.
Part of the reason is that it helps reduce “bad” cholesterol (LDL), also has anti-inflammatory properties, and is a powerful antioxidant – all of these things make it a heart-healthy food.
For fat burning benefits, olive oil has been shown to stimulate “uncoupling proteins” in fat deposits, which controls the amount of energy expended through heat production (thermogenesis).
This helps boost the metabolic rate, which means more fat burned.
(Keep in mind that olive oil is high in calories so don’t ingest gallons of it thinking it will make you lose weight – a little bit goes a long way.)
If you have a choice in olive oils, always go for the “extra virgin” variety – it’s the least refined and therefore retains the most nutrients.
#15 – Oatmeal
Oatmeal is another surprising food with fat burning properties, mostly due to its high fiber content. The soluble fiber in oatmeal is known to reduce LDL cholesterol (LDL is the “bad” cholesterol, HDL is the “good” one).
Finally, oatmeal is a good source of antioxidants which can reduce your cancer risk.
However, for best results you may want to stick with whole rolled oats rather than instant oatmeal, which is usually high in added sugar.
#16 – Avocado
Avocados are high in fat, but it’s the good kind of fat that our bodies need, monounsaturated fat – the same kind found in olive oil.
They are also high in potassium, vitamin E, and they have cholesterol-lowering properties. The high fat content helps keep you feeling fuller longer and contributes to a faster metabolism, helping you burn fat.
Avocados do have a unique flavor that may take a little getting used to, but it’s also very easy to “hide” avocado in sandwiches, salads and other dishes.
You can even mash it and use it as a spread in place of mayonnaise (guacamole). You could even blend it into a fruit smoothie and not taste it at all!
#17 – Berries
Berries are deceptively sweet, yet have some of the lowest sugar content compared to other fruits, and they are rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
Best of all, they contain a form of fiber called pectin that can help block the absorption of fat, in turn helping to boost metabolism.
#18 – Parsley
Parsley doesn’t get enough credit – it’s mostly used as a garnish but has a ton of health benefits.
First, it’s a good source of vitamins K, C, A, and even contains small amounts of iron and folic acid.
It has also been reported to help prevent tumors, lower blood pressure, and cleanse toxins from the body.
How does parsley help you lose weight? First, it’s a natural diuretic, which means it helps release excess water from the body.
It promotes healthy digestion and prevents gas buildup (a common problem if you’re eating more vegetables and beans than you are used to) and also improves circulation.
#19 – Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables are great aids in fat burning. They are low in calories, high in fiber, and contain cancer-fighting agents.
Some common cruciferous vegetables include: broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, radish, and turnip.
Some of these are also considered to be “negative calorie” foods – which means your body burns more calories digesting them than you absorb from eating them.
#20 – Water
Drinking plenty of water is a key component of weight loss, for a number of reasons.
First, if you don’t drink enough water, your body tends to retain what little water it does have so it can protect vital bodily functions.
Simply by drinking adequate water each day, your body easily releases any excess and you will notice that your hands, feet and belly are less bloated as a result.
Drinking plenty of water also helps reduce your appetite so you eat less, especially if you drink a glass of water before each meal.
Finally, all of your muscles and organs need water to function properly, including your liver which is the organ responsible for fat metabolism. When you’re dehydrated your liver cannot function as well, which means you burn less fat.
Experts say that drinking cold water is more effective for weight loss because your body has to work a little harder to absorb it so you end up burning more calories.
It’s not a substantial amount of calories though, so if you prefer water warm or at room temperature, go for it – the most important thing is to drink the water in the first place no matter the temperature.
For most people, 64 ounces of water daily is an adequate amount, but you will need to increase that if you are overweight, live in a hot, dry climate, or if you exercise at high intensity.
#21 – Cinnamon
Did you know that even a small amount of cinnamon can help your body metabolize sugar more efficiently – not to mention help stabilize your blood sugar levels?
This can help you burn more fat because the more sugar your body burns off, the less that gets stored as fat. Cinnamon also has thermogenic properties so it helps boost your metabolism, and it is also reported to help lower cholesterol when taken in small daily doses.
Not to mention it’s delicious and can be used in many different ways, including drinking it in tea, sprinkling it on vegetables and fruit, or even on toast – and yes, it too comes in capsule form.