Some foods amazingly have the ability to burn fat while you digest them!
These are known as thermogenic foods. The way in which they work is by enhancing thermogenesis; a process where the body burns a large number of calories to digest the food you have just eaten, to produce heat.
Thermogenesis therefore aids weight loss, as the calories being burned to heat the body typically come from our fat stores.
All of the foods in this list have thermogenic properties, meaning that they are all fantastic natural fat burners.
5. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is high in medium chain fatty acids, and these fats are metabolised differently to most other fats, which basically means that it boosts your metabolism. Because they are digested much quicker than other fats, the body uses them immediately as fuel rather than storing them.
You can use coconut oil to cook with, or even to replace butter in baking, meaning that your homemade cupcakes for your treats will be slightly healthier than before.
It has been dubbed the world's most friendly weight loss fat!
Grapefruit slightly lowers the insulin levels in the body, preventing your body from storing as much sugar as fat, therefore keeping your blood sugar in check. Grapefruits are in this list because your body actually burns more calories digesting a grapefruit than the grapefruit contains!
This doesn't mean that eating excessive amounts of grapefruit will be a good idea for weight loss though; everything should be eaten in moderation.
3. Salmon and tuna
Tuna and salmon are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which stimulate the production of leptin; a hormone that has been directly linked to your metabolism. Leptin basically helps your body to decide whether you have enough energy stored in your fat cells for your metabolism to operate fully.
The oil found in fish like salmon and tuna has been shown to cut leptin levels, and help your body process foods more effectively. Mackerel, herring, and sardines are also good sources.
2. Green tea
Green tea is well known to improve the metabolism. Drinking it regularly throughout the day can keep your metabolism raised, which is perfect for burning fat.
Green tea contains epigallocatechin, which stimulates the nervous system, without elevating your heart rate, and it has been found in studies that people who drank green tea and exercised regularly burned more calories than those who didn't drink the beverage.
1. Lean meats - such as chicken and turkey breast
Lean protein has a very high thermogenic effect, meaning that you burn approximately 30% of the calories contained in the food during digestion...so that's a bit less to work off through exercise!
Protein is also obviously fantastic for building muscle, so will compliment your workouts.
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