Before listing my all time favorite fat burning foods, let’s just quickly remind ourselves of what exactly is a ‘fat burning food’. Fat burning food doesn’t mean that you can sit there eating those foods all day and the fat somehow will burn and melt off you, no, fat burning foods accompanied by a fairly balanced and moderated diet alongside a healthy lifestyle can aid in efficient and faster weight loss.
What are we really speaking about here? Thermogenic effects and metabolic boosters!
Without getting too science-sy, this basically means that certain foods have a higher energy expenditure above the resting metabolic rate due to the cost of processing the food for both it’s uses and storage. In other words, it takes more energy for your body to process and break down these foods, resulting in energy usage of the body and fat loss! Yes, that’s right! Foods that make our bodies work hard in order to break them down, resulting in calorie usage (energy expenditure) a.k.a fat loss.
So, in no particular preferential order, these are My five fave fat burning foods!
A fermented hybrid of milk and yoghurt, super high in probiotics and protein, it has become my alternative to yoghurt! (Oh and by the way due to the beneficial bacteria that pre-digests the lactose, it is also 99% lactose free, so lactose-intolerant people, this way please)
High in mono-saturated fats (the healthy kind), avocados are such a versatile ingredient present in my kitchen, you can literally do anything with them! On their own, with fish, in omelettes, in quinoa recipes, the options are endless!
3. WILD SALMON
Rich in Omega-3, so a brain food as well as a burning food, salmon is included in my diet every week without fail!
4. COCONUT OIL
Rich in medium-chained-triglycerides, which our bodies prefer to use for energy, coconut oil is an ingredient I always have in my kitchen and one which I use everyday. I use it in desserts, a teaspoon on my oatmeal in the morning, for frying, sauteing, baking, you name it, I use coconut oil. Cold pressed coco – the best!
One of the tastiest, quickest and versatile breakfast ingredients, 90% of the time my breakfast is a bowl of oatmeal (with almond and coconut milk) topped with whatever I can find in my kitchen e.g. honey, nuts, fruit (see, told you it’s versatile). Oatmeal is a whole food, using a bigger amount of calories to break it down and giving me enough energy to kick-start my day!
What are your favourite fat burning foods? Any new ones out there that I should try? Let me know!
Burn that fat like a furnace! R x