If you want to lose weight, you know by now that you need to up your exercise game while cutting back on some fattening foods. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that all food is the enemy. As it turns out, there are more than a few foods out there that can actually improve your body’s metabolic rate and fat-burning capabilities. Whether they speed up your metabolism, increase the amount of calories you burn, or just reduce your appetite in general, here are the best foods and beverages for burning off fat.
Yes, nuts are high in fat. Yes, you were probably taught at an early age that fat is to be avoided at all costs. What we’re recently learning is that not all fat is necessarily bad for you. In fact, naturally occurring fat in many foods is actually not only good for you, but downright essential to your health. In addition to being full of healthy fats, many nuts are high in fiber and protein content, while managing to remain low in carb content. The calories in nuts are also pretty hard for the body to access, so a good 10-15% of calories from nuts is not even absorbed by the body. All of these attributes help you feel fuller for longer after snacking on nuts, which will make you less likely to overeat later in the day.
The fats found in coconut oil consist mostly of healthy fatty acids, specifically the medium-chain triglycerides. These fatty acids have been proven to make you feel full to the point where you end up eating up to 256 fewer calories a day, while at the same time boosting the amount of calories you burn by up to 120 calories per day. Coconut oil has also been shown to significantly reduce belly fat, which is the harmful type of fat that tends to build up around your organs.
In addition to being loaded with antioxidants and other healthy bioactive compounds, the caffeine found in coffee has been shown to boost your body’s ability to burn fat while also maintaining weight control. Caffeine can temporarily boost your metabolism by between 3-11%. However, try to keep your daily intake under four cups, since your body can start to build a tolerance to the caffeine and therefore not respond as well to its positive effects. Too much caffeine can also increase your anxiety, so don’t overdo it.
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