Fat-Burning Foods: Eating to Keep the Weight Off

At some point in most people’s lives, they dream of a perfect world where they can eat or drink all the food and beverages they desire without gaining a pound or developing a serious disease. Imagine that — enjoying juicy steaks, sinful chocolate desserts, limitless cups of coffee, or an endless array of alcoholic concoctions without having to worry about working out to burn off the calories because they’re simply not piling onto your body! It could very well be someone’s ultimate fantasy and it’s quite easy to see why — having a satisfied palate and a comfortably full tummy is something that many people wouldn’t mind experiencing over and over.

In reality, the average person (without the gift of a lightning-fast metabolism) needs to be mindful of every single bite of food or sip of a drink if he aims to lead a healthy life and maintain a fit body. Too much of anything, even something as pleasing as a succulent steak, will of course be toxic for the body, and there are certainly many ingredients that would easily wreak havoc on your physical condition when taken in excessive amounts (particularly sugar, salt and fats). Without proper control of your diet and physical fitness, it can be ridiculously easy to pack on the pounds, impair your mobility and vitality, and negatively affect your overall health and quality of life.

The good news, however, is that there are certain foods that can actually burn fat in your body instead of add to it. Nutrition experts point out that some specific foods have a thermogenic effect; this means that the body is heated up and metabolism is stimulated to break calories or fats down. These are not miracle solutions, however — eating nothing but these foods is certainly not the solution to quick and effective weight loss. Rather, frequently incorporating these foods into a diet rich in whole, wholesome foods can help the body burn fat more effectively and ensure that it gets the nutrition it needs to keep all internal systems working properly.

Here are excellent examples of fat-burning foods you should add to your diet:

Lean meats. The protein you consume regularly should ideally contain little fat so that it can push the body to burn more calories.

Hot peppers. The capsaicin in peppers oxidizes fat and helps reduce larger, rounder bellies, so add peppers to your meals for an exciting and healthful kick.

Green tea. This drink has catechins that promote thermogenesis and fat oxidation. If you aren’t particularly sensitive to caffeine, aim to drink several cups of green tea every day.

Broccoli. Cruciferous vegetables contain a phytonutrient that stimulates an enzyme to burn fat cells.

Almonds. These nuts help to build muscle, and having more muscle means that you are better able to burn fat.

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