FAT-BURNING FOODS FOR WEIGHT LOSS YOU SHOULD EAT

Fat-Burning Foods for Weight Loss You Should Eat

Although it’s tempting to take the easy road, it’s possible to lose weight the natural way. That is, through exercise and diet instead of slimming pills and supplements. When it comes to a healthy diet, there are fast-burning foods for weight loss that can boost your metabolism and promote fat breakdown.

So, as long as you stick to healthy ingredients, food doesn’t have to be the enemy. You can use it to your advantage to lose weight. With that said, here are some fat-burning foods for weight loss you can incorporate into your healthy diet.

BLAST FAT WITH THESE FAT-BURNING FOODS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

FATTY FISH

Fatty fish like salmon and tuna are excellent sources of protein. Since they have fewer calories than beef and pork, you can lower your daily caloric intake and lose weight. Apart from that, fatty fish also contains omega-3 fatty acids — essential fats that aren’t naturally produced by the body. They can turn bad fats into healthy cells, which, in turn, burn calories. Studies have also found that fatty fish can increase your metabolism as well as reduce hunger and appetite.

So, if you want to eat fat-burning foods for weight loss, here are two delicious recipes for fatty fish that you can try:

1. HONEY SALMON WITH GARLIC AND THYME

This honey salmon with garlic and thyme recipe makes four servings. Each serving contains 420.5 calories, 17.8g of total fat, 125.6mg of cholesterol, 100.5mg of sodium, 18.2g of total carbs and 45.2g of protein.

Ingredients:

  • 907g wild-caught salmon
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil.
  2. Place garlic, honey, olive oil, white wine vinegar, thyme, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix to combine the ingredients.
  3. Put salmon on top of baking sheet. Brush flesh with honey mixture. Fold the foil so that the salmon is completely covered and the packet is sealed.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until salmon is cooked through.
  5. Transfer to plate and serve.

2. HEALTHY TUNA SALAD

You can also try this healthy salad with chickpeas and tuna, which is one of our fat-burning foods for weight loss. The recipe makes four servings. Each serving contains 234 calories, 7.3g of total fat, 258mg of sodium, 11.3g of total carbs, 3.1g of sugars and 28.1g of protein.

Ingredients:

  • 400g tuna chunks in spring water, drained
  • 125g cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 red capsicum, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed

Directions:

  1. Place garlic, lemon juice and Dijon mustard in a small bowl. Whisk to combine the ingredients. Stir in olive oil.
  2. Place tuna, tomatoes, chickpeas, cucumber, capsicum, red onion, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix to combine the ingredients. Pour the salad dressing and toss so that everything is coated evenly.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

3. EGGS AND ALMONDS

Eggs and almonds are two of our fat-burning foods for weight loss. Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse. They’re high in protein but low in calories. Eggs also contain 13 vitamins and minerals that the body needs to function optimally. Eating eggs in the morning has been found to reduce body weight as well as food cravings.

Almonds are also an excellent source of protein. Almonds also help lower your cholesterol levels, improve your lipid profile and burn belly fat. So, if you want to reap the health benefits of eggs and almonds, try this recipe for almond deviled eggs.

Ingredients:

  • 12 roasted almonds
  • 6 large eggs, hard-boiled
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp roasted almonds, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • fresh parsley, as needed

Directions:

  1. Cut the eggs in half lengthwise. Scoop out the egg yolks. Mash and combine with chopped almonds, mayonnaise, mustard and garlic salt.
  2. Place egg yolk mixture into the egg whites. Place whole almonds and parsley on top. Chill and serve.

4. GREEN TEA AND GREEK YOGHURT

You can also lose weight with regular consumption of green tea and yoghurt. Green tea is rich in antioxidants that prevent cell damage. It also contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol that can help boost your metabolism and stimulate fat loss. Greek yoghurt, like other dairy products, are rich in vitamin D and calcium.

These two nutrients increase your body’s ability to metabolise fat. They can help you lose weight, specifically in the belly. If you want to see these fat-burning foods for weight loss in action, try this matcha frozen yoghurt recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups full-fat plain Greek yoghurt
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Combine yoghurt, maple syrup, matcha powder and vanilla extract in a blender. Pulse until the ingredients are completely mixed.
  2. Place mixture in an ice cube tray. Freeze for at least 4 to 6 hours.
  3. Put matcha yoghurt cubes in a food processor. Pulse until the texture is creamy.
  4. Freeze until ready to serve.

5. APPLES, OATS AND CINNAMON

We’ve also included apples, oats and cinnamon in our list of fat-burning foods for weight loss. Apples are high fibre, which keeps you full, and pectin, which limits fat absorption. The juicy red fruit also contains antioxidants that reduce your risk for metabolic disorders.

Oats, likewise, are high in fibre. The whole grain keeps you satiated for longer and doesn’t cause your blood sugar levels to spike.

While cinnamon isn’t exactly a food, consuming this spice can help you burn fat as well. It has the ability to reduce your blood sugar cholesterol levels. You can get all the goodness of these three ingredients with this healthy apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, chopped into small chunks
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place milk, water, sugar, apple and cranberries in a large saucepan. Stir to combine the ingredients.
  2. Heat on medium until the mixture is boiling. Add oats and cinnamon to the pan. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until oats are done. Stir occasionally while cooking. Add vanilla extract and honey, if desired.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

Most people think that dieting is all about severely limiting your food intake. Well, this can certainly lead to weight loss — but, it’s not the healthiest way to do so. Instead, you can use food to your advantage.

There are certain foods that have fat-burning properties. So, consuming more of these fat-burning foods can actually speed up your weight loss. We’ve introduced you to eight kinds of fat-burning foods for weight loss as well as delicious recipes for all these ingredients.  

ANTHONY HILL, FOUNDER

Anthony Hill

When you put together the sum total of my 30 years of bodybuilding training, the contests, the vast array of diets I have experimented (tortured) myself with as well as the experiences I have been through with various training partners in the gyms I have trained in all over the world, it’s been a great ride and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to do lots of personal training for private clients alongside my day job. For a few years during my 30’s, I moved to Asia and worked as the Fitness Manager and head personal trainer at one of Thailand’s leading gyms in Bangkok. Learn More

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