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10 Super Foods that Burn Fats

Updated on September 29, 2012
Brown Rice with Smoked Mackerel
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Fight the flabs with our forks by scooping up super foods that can help us melt unwanted fats like magic.

These super foods are indeed super because not only do they help us speed up our metabolism, which is key to shedding unwanted fats, but they are also powerhouses of essential nutrients that our bodies badly need to work well.

Just like magic though, the effects of these super foods are fleeting.

We would really need to rev up our metabolism with regular exercise so we can tone our muscles.

Muscles can burn more calories than fats do.

Also, we would have to permanently lose weight by eating balanced diet and taking on an active lifestyle.

Just the same, loading up on fat-burning, flab-busting super foods can do wonders.

They are central to a healthy diet and can make our body’s heating system all fired up.

1. Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil is thus far the finest kind of oil for melting body fats.

Its fat-burning wonder is stocked in its lauric acid, which is a form of medium-chain fatty acids that has been found out to speed up metabolism and smooth the process of weight loss.

Virgin coconut oil passes through the body rather quickly and is burned as energy.

It is not stored as fats and therefore does not play a part in obesity.

It does not contribute to weight gain.

It can also help people shed excess pounds.

Other ways virgin coconut oil work include:

  • Making us feel full for a relatively long period.
  • Slowing down digestion and therefore managing dreadful fluctuations in blood sugar levels.
  • Fighting candida, a condition in which yeast triggers obesity and uncontrolled cravings.
  • Cleansing the body, allowing it to naturally lose toxins and nourish itself.

How to Fold It into Our Diet:

To use virgin coconut oil in our diet, we just substitute it for our butter or oil next time we cook.

We can also take in three tablespoons of virgin coconut oil daily as supplements.

2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

When eager to burn fats, we want to always reach for sources of good fats – like extra virgin olive oil.

It sounds strange but it is true.

Good fats actually help us melt even more fats and therefore lose more pounds.

Extra virgin olive oil has unsaturated fats, the good ones.

  • It has fat-soluble properties that boost our metabolism.
  • It gives extra energy to our bodies while suppressing our cravings and even hunger.
  • It also packs on fatty acids like omega-3 that are ideal for metabolizing fats.

How to Fold It into Our Diet:

We can dip our favorite bread in extra virgin olive oil.

We can also pour it into our salads and even chocolate drink.

3. Water

Water is best for optimum health, yes.

But do we also know that it is great for torching body fats?

  • It suppresses hunger, making us feel slightly full and sending signals to our brains to eat less.
  • It keeps us hydrated, which is what we want to be when burning calories. Being dehydrated slows down our bodies’ abilities to raze calories efficiently.
  • Water also helps our bodies flush out toxins when undergoing dieting.
  • When exercising for weight loss, water can help our bodies keep our muscles and joints lubricated, making us feel recharged and not exhausted.

How to Fold It into Our Diet:

Drink about 1.5 liters of water daily. Doing this can help us burn about 17,400 calories in one year.

4. Green Tea

Drink cups of green tea and lose between 70 and 80 calories in a day just by resting.

It may sound too good to be true but it is, indeed, true.

Green tea’s power to set fire to fats lies in its ability to trigger thermogenesis that boosts metabolism.

It does this through its compound called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

Now, gutting 80 calories a day may not sound much.

But for people following a well-balanced diet and embracing an active lifestyle, drinking green tea may work wonders.

In fact, researchers have found that the combination of green tea’s caffeine and EGCG ups the benefits of exercise and diet.

How to Fold It into Our Diet:

Drink four to five cups of green tea each day, preferably before working out.

5. Lean Meat

The body works extra hard to digest lean beef, chicken, pork, and turkey.

Because it works hard, it also burns calories fast, which is what we want when we are trying to become ripped.

Protein in lean beef, chicken, pork, and turkey is tougher for the body to digest than carbohydrates or even fats, making our body work intensely to facilitate digestion.

Such hard work on the part of the body eventually results in enhanced metabolism.

How to Fold It into Our Diet:

Eat high-protein foods in moderation each day. We want to choose good sources of protein like lean meat.

6. Chili Peppers

Chili peppers like the fiery jalapeños are so spicy they can speed up our heartbeat and spike our bodies’ burned calorie count.

They are loaded with the compound called capsaicin, which is responsible for giving them their signature spice.

Capsaicin steps up our metabolism as well as burns our calories for several hours.

How to Fold It into Our Diet:

Eat healthy snacks packed with chili peppers.

Better yet, add one-half teaspoon of chili pepper to our favorite dishes.

7. Mackerel, Salmon, Sardines, and Tuna

Fishes rich in omega-3 fatty acids like mackerel, salmon, sardines, and tuna are helpful in melting body fats.

This is because omega-3 fatty acids help tweak our body’s level of leptin, a hormone that influences metabolism and eventually the number of calories our body burns.

Leptin also helps our body decide whether or not to store calories as fats.

How to Fold It into Our Diet:

Have at least two servings of fishes each week.

If fresh fish is not available, pop high-quality fish oil as supplements.

8. Chocolates

Regularly eating chocolates can actually make us ramp up the energy-making elements in our bodies, helping us build a slimmer frame over time.

Chocolates have been found to contain antioxidants that perform myriads of benefits for our health, like aiding weight loss, fighting free radicals, and delaying the signs of aging.

How to Fold It into Our Diet:

Regularly eat low-fat and low-sugar chocolates for snacks.

It is best to pair chocolates with freshly brewed and sugar-free green tea, which also has loads of antioxidants.

9. Milk

Milk has high amounts of calcium, which research has shown to facilitate weight loss even among obese people.

Apparently, calcium is a trigger that stokes our daily calorie burning.

How to Fold It into Our Diet:

Drink low-fat milk for breakfast.

It is also great to pour milk into a bowl of healthful cereals that are also good for burning body fats.

10. Whole Grains

Whole grains are sources of complex carbohydrates, the good kind of carbohydrates that signals the body to keep insulin levels down and fat storage to a minimum.

Whole grains also make us feel full for a long time, suppressing our cravings and hunger.

They are also high in proteins, which again are good for maintaining our desired body shapes.

How to Fold It into Our Diet:

Substitute brown rice for white rice for a full meal.

Also, eat oatmeal for breakfast.

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      fitbuddy 4 years ago

      This article is one that just tells people what they wanna hear.

      If you really think you can just go on with your whole grains, oils, and chocolate bars, you will not lose weight.

      These things are not 'bad' for losing weight, but should be eaten as 'treats', and in great moderation!

      You wanna melt fat away? Eat raw/steamed vegetables and fruits in unlimited qualities, throw some beans/nuts/seeds in the mix, and don't be snacking all the time!

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      Ten good things to know, thanks

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love the chocolate idea -- voted highly for this! Hehehe. I have started using coconut oil for this reason. Also, I love tuna and glad to hear this is on the fat burning list. Voted up, up!

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      alliemacb 5 years ago from Scotland

      Interesting hub. Full of things I didn't know.

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      Joana e Bruno 5 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hi, Kerlynb, very good to know, loved your hub, great information and I was particularly happy to find that chocolate (low fat and low sugar) is okay... I know, not too much... :) Anyway, voted up, useful and interesting and sharing! Have a great day!