Whether slimming down for summer or simply wanting to look better naked, here are 20 Fat Loss Foods to keep you feeling firm all year long.
Say goodbye to fad diets, weight loss drugs, and quick-fix injections. There’s no need to torture or deprive yourself to achieve a fabulous physique. Learn how to include these figure-friendly foods into your daily diet to minimize your waistline, while maximizing your health. Each food has been carefully chosen to boost metabolism, curb cravings and support permanent weight loss.
Although these foods help reduce body fat, it’s still important to follow a healthy nutrition program. Steer clear of foods that inhibit fat loss, such as sugars, artificial sweeteners, and processed products. For faster results, healthy lifestyle practices should be implemented, such as getting plenty of sleep, reducing stress and exercising.
1. Apple cider vinegar
High in acetic acid, ACV supports blood sugar, improves digestion, prevents overeating and increases satiety. Enjoy 2 TB of raw ACV in water before meals. ACV is delicious added to sautéed cabbage.
Packed with a one-two punch of monounsaturated fat (especially oleic acid) and fiber to boost metabolism and support overall health, avocados are a superfood to include. Enjoy avocados sprinkled with sea salt, made into guacamole or added to omelets, salads, dressings, salsas, or smoothies.
Loaded with polyphenols that support fat loss and fiber that helps prevent insulin spikes, blueberries are excellent enjoyed as a snack with nuts, added to salads or with creme fraiche for a healthier dessert.
4. Bone Broth
Homemade bone broth is great for fat loss as it strongly supports gut health. It’s is an excellent source of minerals and gelatin. Gelatin supports hydration, HCL production, digestion, nutrient absorption, detoxification and immune function. It’s also great for the health of your bones, joints, hair, skin and nails.
5. Cabbage family vegetables
Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and other cruciferous veggies are great nutrient-dense, low-carb, high-fiber foods to include daily.
6. Chili peppers
All chili peppers contain capsaicin, a spicy, thermogenic or heat-inducing compound that increases metabolism. The hotter the pepper, the higher capsaicin content and the greater the health benefits. For a pre-meal metabolism kicker drink 1/4 cup of water with 2 TB lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne powder.
With huge blood sugar lowering benefits, cinnamon can reduce the glycemic index of a meal up to 29 percent! Add 1/4 TSP up to 1 TB daily to beverages, roasted nuts, steamed carrots, etc.
8. Citrus fruits
Lemons, limes, grapefruit and oranges are high in vitamin-C, bioflavonoids and phytochemicals that support immunity, improve digestion, increase fat burning, decrease insulin levels and support overall health. Enjoy citrus juiced in water, sliced on the side or drizzled on food at the beginning of each meal.
9. Cacao powder
Raw, organic, unsweetened cacao powder is packed full of antioxidant-rich phytonutrients such as polyphenols and flavonoids (especially catechin and epicatechin). For a quick and easy hot cocoa, enjoy a spoonful of cacao mixed in hot water or coconut milk with stevia and a pinch of sea salt.
10. Coconut oil
Similar to lean protein, coconut oil’s medium-chain fats have a metabolism-boosting thermic effect. Coconut oil also supports immunity, lowers blood sugar, balances hormones and improves overall health. Add unrefined, organic, virgin coconut oil to coffee, tea, smoothies, or protein shakes. This heat-stable oil is also great for sauteing, stir frying, grilling, roasting, baking, etc.
Rich in antioxidants organic coffee enjoyed in moderation can result in a short-term increase in metabolism. For best results, avoid adding refined sugars and artificial sweeteners by sweetening with stevia. Also, avoid adding low-fat milk and creamers by switching to coconut/almond milk or heavy cream.
12. Free-range eggs
With over a dozen reasons to enjoy eggs, it’s no surprise that protein-rich eggs can support weight loss. One study showed that overweight and obese women who consumed a breakfast of eggs (as opposed to a calorically equivalent bagel breakfast) lost 65 percent more weight!
High in capsaicin, a calorie burning compound also found in chili peppers, ginger is excellent for metabolism, digestion and immunity. Enjoy ginger sliced in mint tea, grated in stir fries, or meatballs.
14. Grass-fed meat
As an excellent source of protein that can increase metabolism up to 30 percent, grass-fed meats like beef or bison, are also rich in Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) that aid fat loss and support muscle mass. Enjoy buffalo sausage for breakfast, juicy beef burgers for lunch or a a grilled steak salad for dinner.
15. Green leafy vegetables
Rich in phytonutrients, chlorophyll, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, green leafy veggies are great nutrient-dense, low-carb, high-fiber foods to include regularly. Add a cup of spinach to your omelet, grab a handful of arugula for your salad, or saute a bunch of kale for a delicious dinner side dish.
16. Green tea
Catechins in green tea have excellent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, metabolism-boosting, insulin-lowering and anti-cancer benefits. Enjoy green tea hot with lemon juice or iced with orange slices and stevia.
Much like fiber and unsaturated fat rich almonds, walnuts are excellent for lowering insulin levels, reducing sugar cravings and providing high satiation. In addition, they’re also an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants that reduce inflammation and promote overall health.
Hydration is crucial for your body to eliminate toxins during weight loss. Start each morning with a large glass of water and pack a bottle to fill wherever you go. Drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of water daily.
19. Wild salmon
Rich in protein and omega-3s, wild salmon reduces inflammation, improves insulin levels, decreases depression, provides high satiation, and supports fat loss. Enjoy salmon smoked with avocado for breakfast, poached on a spinach salad for lunch, or grilled with asparagus for dinner.
20. Whey protein
Whey protein is a highly digestible source of amino acids and a great source of the super antioxidant glutathione. Select high quality whey from grass-fed, hormone-free, antibiotic-free cows. Read the label to make sure there aren’t added sugars, artificial sweeteners or words you can’t pronounce.