Food Sources to Help You Shred

There is a world of supplements out there that promise to help you shred body fat. Some work and others don’t. But before you reach for a bottle of pills, it’s important to know that there is another place you can go to get some fat burning aids – your kitchen. There are several food sources that have been proven to aid in speeding up metabolism and fat loss.

Here are four food and beverages that help with metabolism and fat loss:



It’s time to turn up the heat and add chilli peppers to your diet. Researchers discovered that a component in the peppers called, capsaicin, increase the number of calories your body burns and can help oxidise stubborn fat layers.

Tip: Don’t overdo it with the quantity you consume. Add small amounts to your meals to spice up your dish. Eating too much spicy food can result in painful ulcers or hemorrhoids in some people.


Green tea serves easily as one of the healthiest things you can drink. It has numerous health benefits and has shown to aid in healthy weight loss. There are two primary reasons for this; first, it contains an important antioxidant called EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate). This substance has been shown to help kickstart your metabolism.

The second component is caffeine. Caffeine, as many of us know, is a stimulant which a lot of people use for weight loss management. The combination of EGCG and caffeine works wonders for your metabolism.

Tip: Make a big batch of green tea and refrigerate it. Add lemon and a little bit of honey to sweeten the pot and you’ll have yourself a cheap and nutritious fat burning source of hydration.


For years, dairy products have gotten a bad rap for being a plague in a weight loss diet. This simply isn’t true. While it is not recommended to have dairy at every meal, once in a while, the right source at the right time can be beneficial.

Low-fat cottage cheese provides a slow absorbing, complete protein source that can be easily seasoned or eaten alone. Furthermore, the calcium in the cheese decreases the ability of a fat cell to store fat.

Tip: Adding chilli pepper to your cottage cheese will help protect your stomach lining from the spicy components in the pepper. Eating this before bed is ideal since the slow release of the casein protein will feed your muscle throughout the night.


Bet you weren’t expecting to see this food item make the list. While lettuce doesn’t contain as much fibre as other vegetables, it does have one special feature to it that few other foods have. When you eat lettuce, your body burns more calories actually digesting it than the lettuce actually has. This is called a “Negative Calorie Count”.

Tip: While lettuce doesn’t have much in terms of calories, it does contain a lot of antioxidants and vitamins. Go for darker green variations like spinach or romaine.

If you are looking to lose weight, smarter choices can have a big impact on your caloric intake. Use this advice to kick-start your diet changes and enjoy your food as you lose weight.


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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