A Fat Burning Food Diet is unlike any conventional diet you’ve heard about, and that’s because it’s not so much of a diet as a lifestyle change. When you make a point to incorporate foods into your daily meals that contribute to your body’s fat burning ability, you essentially kill two birds with one stone: you satisfy your hunger and rev up your metabolism. However, it works both ways. Eat the wrong kinds of foods, like processed snacks and refined sugars, and you’ll do the opposite to your body’s fat burning ability. Read on to learn what kinds of food you should be eating.
Eat Lean, Complete Proteins
It takes a lot of energy for your body to properly digest and process any protein you put in your system. Using energy equates to burning calories. Great sources of lean protein are:
- chicken breasts (white meat)
- egg whites
- white fish
Try to incorporate a lean protein in with each of your meals.
Eat Low Fat Dairy Products
We’ve all been told to try and get enough calcium to make sure our bones are healthy and strong. Not only to low fat dairy products give us our calcium, studies show that people who consume dairy products are more likely to loose weight and keep it off. If that’s not enough, dairy products are also a good source of protein.
If you’re looking for a really great dairy snack, try some Greek yogurt. It’s low in calories (the non fat varieties typically contain less than 100 calories) and also provides you with nearly a third of your daily protein. Another great dairy snack option is a glass of skim milk. Add a small amount of chocolate syrup, and you have dessert.
Eat Fibrous Foods
Making sure you’re taking in enough fiber when you’re trying to loose weight is extremely important. Fiber fills you up–simple as that. When you eat high fiber foods, you’re helping to control your hunger between meals. Also, foods high in fiber are really good foods for you to be eating anyway. Oatmeal is a prime example. As a matter of fact, the Food and Drug Administration have recognized oatmeal as having medical benefits. If you eat a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast with some berries mixed in (also an excellent source of fiber and a complex carbohydrate) along with some egg whites on the side, you can guarantee you’ll subdue your hunger for several hours.
Eat the Right Fats
Fat gets a negative connotation. In reality, our bodies need fat to function properly. However, we’re not talking about the fats found in most snack foods in grocery stores. We’re talking about monounsaturated fats found in olive oil and flax seed. These fats contain essential fatty acids that make cells burn greater amounts of oxygen. Body fat is burned faster when more oxygen is carried to the cells. Use extra virgin olive oil when you cook or add some ground flax seed to a smoothie–or mix it in with your bowl of oatmeal.
When you eat to burn fat, you also get all the nutrients your body needs because you’re taking in simple, clean, unprocessed foods.