12 Best Fat Burning Foods To Help You Lose Weight

| October 31, 2012 | 1 Comment More
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Is there such a thing as the best fat burning foods? Yes, there is! In this article, you will discover the top fat burning foods which are recognized as the best of the best by multiple weight loss professionals and fitness experts.

These foods are the secret behind the slender, chiseled, almost unrealistically great looking bodies of some top bodybuilders and fitness gurus in the world.

Make these foods the staple of your diet and excess fat will literally start melting away from your body without you doing anything else other than eating these great foods. So here we go. The best fat burning foods to help you lose weight.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is considered to be one of the best fat burning foods there is. Oatmeal has a good ratio of carbohydrates, proteins and good fats, giving it a very high nutritional value.

a bowl of oatmeal

A cup of oatmeal contains 6 grams of fat, 54 grams of carbs and 10 grams of protein.

Oatmeal also contains a lot of fiber. One cup provides some whooping 8 grams of fiber, which is 33% of the recommended daily intake.

Because oatmeal is high on fiber, low on glycemic index, and contains the right ratio of good fats and proteins, it gets released into the blood stream extremely slowly making it nearly impossible for the body to convert it into fat.

These qualities of oatmeal make it one of the best fat burning foods in nature. Oh, have I mentioned that oatmeal is cheap? Very few other foods can give you so much value for you buck!

When shopping for oatmeal, make sure to choose only all-natural oats. The best choice would be old-fashioned oats (ex. Quaker) or quick oats.

Always stay away from sweetened and flavored oatmeal sold in packets. That kind of oatmeal has been processed and stripped of all the nutrients that are supposed to make it one of the best fat burning foods.

All-natural oats taste good with sugar-free apple sauce and cinnamon. You could also try to flavor your oats with flax seeds or crushed walnuts, which will give your oatmeal a pleasant crunchy texture and add even more nutritional value to your meal.

Along with oatmeal, you can eat some other foods that belong to oatmeal family. These are oat bran and flax cereal, wheat, barely, rye, or triticale.

Water

Okay, water may not be a food, but it made it into the best fat burning foods list because of its extreme importance to our bodies, especially when it comes to weight loss.

a glass of water

Very often this fact is overlooked by many dieters who don’t drink enough water, putting additional strain on their body systems and jeopardizing their weight loss efforts.

Here’s how water helps you burn fat.

First, it takes the edge off your appetite. Many studies have shown that drinking a glass of water before a meal reduced the amount of food that person ended up eating.

Also, If you simply drink a glass of water every time you get hungry and wait for about ten minutes, you will notice that your hunger is ether gone completely or is greatly reduced. This quality alone makes it worthwhile to include water in your list of most favorite foods.

But it doesn’t stop there. There is one more reasons why water deserves to be among the best fat burning foods. Drinking a lot of pure, fresh water speeds up your metabolism.

The reason for that is the way kidneys work. Kidneys are our body’s primary filtering system but they must remain hydrated in order to function properly. If kidneys do not get plenty of water, the liver takes over to filtrate the body from harmful toxins.

The main task of the liver is to transform body fat into energy. When the liver has to do the kidneys’ job, it is not capable of metabolizing fat as efficiently as it has been designed to.

You can help your kidneys, liver and many other body organs to do their job properly by drinking a lot of fresh water. The water must be pure, though.

Make sure to steer clear of drinking beverages packed with sugar and artificial sweeteners if you want for your weight loss to be successful.

Oh, and one last thing. By making it a habit to drink lots of water during the day, you will never confuse hunger with thirst. Believe it or not, but many times we eat because we think we are hungry, while in reality we are just thirsty.

Yams

Yams are great for burning fat because they are tasty, nutritious, and low in calories. They are rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.

Sweet Potatoes

Yams are very well known for containing a very large amount of anti-oxidant known as beta-carotene which gives them their orange color.

Yams are low on glycemic index and high on dietary fiber which makes them a perfect food for weight loss.

A close relative to yams are sweet potatoes. Even though sweet potatoes are not exactly the same as yams, they are very similar in many ways. Therefore, yams and sweet potatoes can be eaten as nearly perfect substitutes.

If combined with lean red meat or fish, chicken breast or veggies, yams and sweet potatoes make for an ultimate fat burning, metabolism boosting and overall a very healthy and nutritious meal.

Beans

Beans, especially its black varieties, are rightfully called a protein-rich superfood. The amount of calories contained in beans is similar to that in meat, and because beans are so rich in protein, they could be eaten as a meat alternative.

Yin Yang Beans

Just one cup of black cooked beans contains some whooping 15 grams of protein and 15 grams of fiber (15 grams of fiber constitutes 60% of your daily recommended value!).

Beans are also high in water content, and because fiber tends to bulge when mixed with water, beans are extremely filling and can keep you full for a very long time.

Beans tend to digest very slowly and are very low in sugar. That keeps insulin from getting released into the blood stream too quickly, keeping your hunger in check. Also, when using beans as a substitute for meat, you get a much healthier food alternative because beans do not contain saturated fat.

There is one more thing that’s so special about beans. That thing is phytochemicals – a type of antioxidant which is only found in plants.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture study in which scientists measured antioxidant capacities of over one hundred different foods, 3 kinds of beans were found to be in the top four: pinto beans, red kidney beans and small red beans.

Three other varieties of beans, such as navy beans, black beans, and black-eyed peas, all obtained a top-40 status.

That’s why you need to eat as many beans as possible, as often as possible. Beans are good for you, and they will also help you burn fat.

This is page 1 of 2 of The Best Fat Burning Foods series. In the next page you’ll learn about additional fat burning foods to help you lose weight. Go to The Best Fat Burning Foods (page 2).

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  1. Shon Morley says:

    Great article! Sometimes people take oats for granted because it is so common to eat but oats really boast a lot of benefits in terms of losing weight.

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