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The Best Fat Burning Foods

Updated on September 2, 2010
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Photo credit: jeltovski on morgueFile

Along with regular exercise eating the right foods is essential to help you lose weight and burn fat.

If you are dieting then you already know that there are certain foods to stay away from in order to lose weight.

Why not help yourself a little more by eating foods that will actually help you burn fat?

So, how does food burn fat?

The simple process of eating and digestion is the answer.

You will burn fat stored in your body whenever you eat foods that contain fewer calories than the amount of calories it takes to digest these foods.

Now let's take a look at some of the best foods to eat in order to burn fat...


At the top of the list is protein. Protein is by far the best food to eat if you want to burn fat. When your body digests protein it requires more energy to process the food than the calories (energy) that you consumed.

Here is just a short list of some of the best protein to eat while dieting:

Eggs: Contain vitamin B12, which is a superb supplement to help break down fat cells. Egg whites are a perfect breakfast if you are worried about high cholesterol.

Beans & Legumes: Edamame (soy beans), Kidney beans, Lentils, Lima beans, Navy beans, and White beans are the best to eat.

Tuna & Salmon: Omega-3 fatty acids are important for everyone to eat, but if you aren’t keen on fish you can always look for fish oil supplements. Fish oil is known to help with weight loss. A recent study discovered that fish oil is an excellent help to your body in order to burn fat more efficiently.

Lean Cuts of Meat: Lean beef and turkey are essential for building strong muscles and keeping the immune system healthy.


It is very important to eat plenty of fiber, and especially when dieting.

One of the best fiber foods you can eat is oatmeal.

Not only will oatmeal provide you with beneficial vitamins it will also fight heart disease and colon cancer.

If you are concerned about eating lots of carbohydrates then focus on eating the healthiest ones, such as whole grain bread.

Food Loaded With Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a great fat burning helper since it stimulates carnitine.  Carnitine is a vital amino acid that supercharges the body’s ability to burn fat.  Eating foods with vitamin C also dilutes the fat and helps release fat stored in the body.

Some good examples of foods high in Vitamin C are citrus (limes, lemons, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines) as well at guava, papaya, and tomatoes.

Dairy Products

Research shows that by eating 3-4 servings of dairy products each day will promote more weight loss than simply taking calcium supplements.

Low fat yogurt is one of the best dairy products to eat when dieting.  Milk and cheese will also burn fat since calcium increasing the breakdown of fat cells.

Green Tea

Numerous studies have shown that drinking green tea will increase your body’s metabolism.

Green tea also contains beneficial antioxidants that will keep your body healthy.

It is best to drink green tea throughout the day.


Consuming the pectin naturally found in apples will restrict your body from absorbing fat.  Pectin also promotes water absorption from the food, and this will help release fat stores in the body.

Good Fats

Yes it may seem a little odd that in order to burn fat you should eat fat.  The key is to eat healthy or good fats. 

Olive oil is known as a “good fat”, and is essential for your body to function properly.

Olive oil will not only help your body burn fat, but will also help keep your cholesterol levels down.

Extra Virgin coconut oil is also a really healthy fat to eat whether or not you are dieting. It is packed with vitamins and minerals needed to maintain a healthy body.

Chili Peppers

Eating chili or cayenne peppers are a great addition to your weight loss diet.  Not only will they flavor foods, but will also increase your body’s metabolism.  All chilies have capsaicin, which is thermogenic.  Thermogenic food helps the body burn up calories for approximately 20 minutes after eating the chili peppers.


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