If you want to burn fat then normally you will probably start by cutting things out of your diet. By eating less you can thereby reduce the number of calories you take in and thus the amount of energy that is left over to get stored as fat at the end of the day.
Only stopping eating is no fun. Wouldn’t it be great if you could lose weight by eating more? It might sound absurd, but actually there are a number of ways this might be possible – it’s simply a matter of choosing carefully which foods you are going to eat. By adding certain foods to your diet you can suppress your appetite, you can increase your metabolism and you can generally see rapid changes in your body composition. Read on and we’ll look at the top foods that will help you to burn body fat simply by eating them…
Garlic is massively a super food and has a number of powerful benefits. Among these though, some of the most interesting revolve around its ability to help you burn fat. This is because garlic helps to prevent your cells from storing fat while at the same time encouraging the use of good cholesterol. On top of this garlic is also a vasodilator meaning it widens the veins and arteries helping more blood and nutrients to be carried around your body. Studies have shown repeatedly that simply eating a little garlic every morning can help you to lose weight over time, so add it to your routine! And if you’re unsure about garlic because of the smell, then you can always use a garlic supplement instead which will get similar results.
If you heap lots of sugar into your coffee then it’s not going to help with weight loss, but otherwise this is a pretty useful beverage for helping you shed the pounds. That’s thanks to the caffeine content – as caffeine is a stimulant for the nervous system this increases heart rate and metabolism thus helping you to burn more calories. Most ‘thermogenic’ fat burner supplements consist predominantly of caffeine (in its various types) but in unhealthy quantities. You can get the benefits without the risk by just having a little coffee at the start of your day.
Eating protein will increase your production of testosterone as well as IGF1 – both of which tell the body to burn fat and build muscle. So far so good. Better yet, studies show that eating protein within the first thirty minutes of waking up can be very helpful as a way to suppress appetite throughout the rest of the day preventing you from snacking on sugary foods.
When picking which protein to start your day with, eggs are a very good choice. That’s because they’re high in vitamin B12 which the body uses to metabolise fat. Like garlic studies show that simply adding eggs to your diet can help you to lose more weight.
If you don’t fancy starting the day with eggs, then eating oatmeal may also have a similar effect for you. Oatmeal is a whole grain which is broken down very slowly by the body to release energy. Oatmeal is thus very ‘low GI’ (meaning it’s a much less deadly carb) and is also a great source of numerous essential nutrients.
Some people will tell you that spicy foods have thermogenic properties in the same way that caffeine does – meaning that they speed up your heart rate and thus your metabolism and fat burning. This is somewhat true – eating spicy foods will increase your heart rate – but you shouldn’t expect it to make much noticeable difference over time. Taking a hot or cold shower would be just as effective.
More to the point, for many people the primary source of said spicy foods is curry – which unfortunately is full of many other less healthy things including a lot of trans fats. Stick to your eggs, oats and garlic and don’t worry about this one.