It takes a while to lose weight, it is a journey and not something that just happens overnight – no matter how much we wish it did. However there are a few things you can do to speed up the process, such as focusing on your diet and what you put into your body. Here are my Top 5 Fat Burning Foods:
Protein has a high thermogenic effect. This means you can burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion. For example a 300 calorie chicken breast requires about 90 calories to break down. Another great thing about eating lean meats is that protein helps to keep you fuller for longer.
Green tea is full of anti-oxidants and fat burning properties. When you drink it, it helps to speed up your metabolism and improve blood flow. It is best to drink 2-3 cups of green tea a day, try to always have some iced in the fridge so it is ready when you need it.
Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods compared to processed foods (especially those rich in fibre such as oatmeal and brown rice). Fibre rich foods help reduce hunger and they enhance satisfaction. Wholegrains also fight inflammation in the body, which can facilitate weight loss. Some great sources of wholegrains are quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice and whole rye.
Blueberries contain catechins that activate fat-burning genes in abdominal fat cells, helping assist with weight loss. They are also a powerhouse source of Vitamin C, potassium and powerful anti-oxidants that help neutralise free radicals. Blueberries are great eaten on their own, in salads and smoothies.
Avocados are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids; don’t let the word “fatty” scare you away though. There is no reason to be scared of fats as long as they are the healthy type. Avocados contain oleic acid which may trigger your body to quieten down your hunger. They are also packed with fibre and protein to help keep you fuller for longer.
Try incorporating some or all of these foods into your diet to make your weight loss process easier!