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With respect to "fat burning foods," there are three key ideas about nutrition to understand. Namely, the "thermic effect" of food, how to boost your metabolic rate, and the order of macronutrients your body prefers to use.
The three macronutrients of food are proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. However, the caloric cost for your body to use them significantly differs.
In relation to the thermic effect of food, refined (processed) carbohydrates and fats have about a 3% rate, which means that it requires only about 3 calories for your body to use (burn) 100 calories of refined carbohydrates and fats. By that, they are not considered fat burning foods.
Some natural (unprocessed) carbohydrates have about a 20% rate.
Proteins, however, have up to a 30% rate! So, they are considered the best fat burning foods.
Moreover, some proteins are even better than others are. We can call those super-charged proteins!
So, in terms of its thermic effect, protein has twice the power because your body must work harder to process proteins than to process either fats or carbs. (Drinking plenty of water helps your body do this.)
So, eating specific proteins can significantly rev up your metabolism and they are considered the best fat burning foods.
At the bottom of this reply, I have added links to free Internet resources for a list of fat burning foods that speed up metabolism, a list of foods that slow down metabolism, and the feeding frequency in relation to fat burning foods.
I hope this helps.
All my best wishes.
I just read this somewhere
"There are tons of foods that burn fat – it’s easy to lose weight fast if you eat certain things at certain times".
Can someone please tell me what are the type of foods i need to be eating and when, in order to burn fat?
Hi Praveen S,
ALL foods contain calories and when you eat more but burn less, then fat deposits increase. No matter how healthy you eat, it is just possible that your calorie intake increases.
So though certain foods help you to burn a greater number of calories than the calorie value of the food itself, thus resulting in a possible weight loss, the focus should be on eating the right kind of food and burning calories through movement and exercise.
However, that being said, let us turn our attention to the kind of foods that may be called as “fat burners”.
Foods that are rich in Vitamin C have the properties of acting as fat burners. Limes, lemons, oranges, grapefruit and vegetables like, broccoli, cabbage, celery, carrot, watermelon and apple fall into this category. Broccoli and cabbage contain high quantities of calcium and vitamin C, and is also fibrous.
What vitamin C does it dilutes the fat and thus renders it less effective. It also becomes easier for such fat to be flushed out of the system. Pectin is found in apples and mot fresh fruits. This substance is said to be able to limit the fat that is absorbed by the cells.
In addition to this , pectin helps in the absorption of watery substances. The reaction of the watery substances on the cells makes it release fat deposits.
Breakfast foods like Oatmeal, skimmed milk and whole grain cereal and even spicy foods containing peppers are considered as foods that burn fat. Oats are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. The capsaicin present in peppers induces the body to produce more stress hormones which in turn revs the metabolic rate burning more calories in the process. Soy is the wonder product, which has chemicals, which help fat from being deposited and also helps to act on the fat deposits in the body by breaking them down. Soybeans enhance the body’s ability to do away with fat.
The juice of garlic or the oil of garlic has the same protective property towards body cells and catalyses the action of getting rid of body fat. Many Indians aware of this fact are mixing their atta with soy flour.
Black Tea, coffee, and green tea also perform the same function. Consuming these foods and doing exercise would increase the metabolic rate of the body. Since the metabolism is boosted and the foods themselves are deficit in calories, the energy and fat that is stored in the body help in the digestion process. In short such foods take longer to digest and require more energy to break them down. These foods are often termed as negative calorie foods. Such foods often contain a lot of water, high percentage of fiber and are low in fat.
Water has always been in the news. Not only is it a natural product, which suppresses appetite, flushes toxins and excess sodium, but is also known to have contributed to an increase in the metabolic rate. The liquids and solids present in soup is also said to have the same properties. Low fat yogurt has been touted to be a rich source of calcium, which helps in weight loss. The bottom line here is that your body has to be taught to burn fat efficiently. Exercise—increase your muscle density (this is the area where calories are burnt). Increase the Basal metabolic rate and burn those excess calories
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I have a family member who is trying to lose weight..is becoming a vegeterian the best way to go?
Eating fruit can replace the need you feel for sugar. In fact, your body will respond positively to the infusion of natural sugars from fruits, and you will find yourself craving artificial sugars less over time. These fruits are among the best fat-burning and power foods.
With six grams of fiber in a medium-sized apple, you will help your digestive tract by eating one of these luscious fruits each day. The best part is that apples do not have any sodium or fat and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Filling up on one as a snack can take away your afternoon slump and help you burn fat.
While these fruits aren’t always in season, you should try to pick one up when you can. These fruits are wonderfully delicious and low in calories. They also have more than a single serving of vitamins A and C.
Tropical fruits often have disease-fighting properties to them. Pineapple contains bromelain, which is an enzyme that breaks down protein. Many toxin-flushing fasts use pineapple as one of the ways to rid the body of toxins, which helps with weight loss.
Other fat-burning fruits should become a regular part of your weight loss diet. They include:
Vegetables as Fat Burning Foods
Vegetables also work well as fat-burning additions to your diet. In general, vegetables are low in fat but high in nutrients. Many vegetables, such as broccoli and celery, are so low in calories that many dieters consider them “free foods,” meaning that they do not add to your daily caloric intake. You can munch on them all you want. They will satisfy hunger and help you lose weight.
One of the most under-used vegetables, the artichoke also is one of the most flavorful and nutritious. A medium artichoke gives you more than four grams of protein and six grams of fiber. The traditional way to eat artichoke is to peel the leaves and dip them in butter, but they also work well sautéed, grilled, and in salads and casseroles.
Although they are used sparingly, mushrooms can be put in many dishes. Even if you don’t like the strong flavor of the portabella, putting small-cap mushrooms into your diet through tomato-based sauces, pizzas and other dishes really will ramp up the amount of B vitamins you receive. Mushrooms also contain large amounts of potassium, which help reduce the water-retention of your cells, a great tool in the weight loss battle.
Forget bickering over whether they’re a fruit or vegetable. Either way, tomatoes are a power food! They have more vitamins than most vegetables and include large amounts of lycopene, believed to fight cancer. Tomatoes are very low in calories given their watery content, which makes them a great for helping burn fat.
Remember that with vegetables, a more porous interior means that it has more water content, which is what you need when you’re trying to burn fat. These veggies are all great fat burning foods.
* Green beans
Lovers of the ocean spoils should be excited to hear that seafood is one of the best sources of protein when you’re trying to burn more fat. Seafood is lower in fat and calorie content than land-roaming meats, and they often have higher water content as well.
One of the best sources of protein, shrimp is a great fat burner. An average portion of shrimp has more than 15 grams of protein and no carbs (as is true for most meats). Shrimp also can be cooked in such a variety of ways that it can become a dietary staple.
Canned or fresh, tuna offers a good deal of protein and has little cholesterol. This low-calorie food can help you get the protein – energy – you need to sustain your body without the added fat.
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