These foods don’t fit into any other category yet they are still great fat burners. Here you’ll find a wide variety of fun fat burning foods which are sure to tickle your tastebuds and blast the fat away.
Air Popped Popcorn – A three cup serving of air-popped popcorn has only 90 calories. Hold the butter and oil or you might as well have a Big Mac.
Chervil – Chervil is a light tasting herb which tastes kind of like licorice or maybe tarragon. It is great in egg dishes, soups, and stews or you can eat it raw in a salad.
Chocolate – (super dark, not milk chocolate) – It must have at least a 70% cacoa content or higher. At about 75% or so it has a fairly high ratio of fiber content and relatively low sugar. One or two squares of dark chocolate can take the edge off your candy bar cravings while not screwing up your blood sugar. It is also high in theobromine which lowers your blood pressure.
Cinnamon – Studies suggest cinnamon may have a stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels. This could curtail appetite, particularly in people with type 2 diabetes. It is also a thermogenic food meaning that it will stimulate your body to burn more calories. If you are a little creative you can add it to almost any meal.
Coconut Flour – Gluten free coconut flour is very high in fiber and “good” carbs plus you get the added benefit of extra protein. Experiment a bit and see how you like it.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is very interesting because it reportedly has many health benefits but chief among them is its ability to curb your appetite. Eating less leads to weight loss and that is why we are here.
Coffee – Simply put, the caffeine in coffee stimulates your body to release fat. There is some controvesy about how much fat but everyone agrees that the effect is real. Adding sugar sort of defeats the purpose however so keep an eye on that.
Eggs – Eggs get a bad rap but they are packed with protein which your body has to work hard to digest and which also jumpstarts your metabolism. The B12 in eggs is also said to aid in the destruction of fat cells. Research seems to indicate that adding eggs to your breakfast will cause you to lose body fat because you will tend to eat fewer calories during the day.
Enova Oil – Enova oil is a mixture of soy and canola oil. It helps make you feel full and thus aids in burning fat. Use it as a replacement for normal cooking oil to reap its benefits.
Garlic – Garlic has been used for centuries not just as a food but as a medicine too. It is claimed to help lower cholesterol, reduce the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, and it is even said to fight cancer.
Ginger – Ginger helps your muscles recover after a workout by boosting blood flow and of course the more muscle you have the more fat you will burn. It also helps with gastric distress.
Greek Yogurt – Non-fat, plain Greek yogurt is low in calories, has plenty of protein, and is low in carbs. It must be plain yogurt however, not the fruit laden, high-calorie stuff. This isn’t really an all-you-can-eat food but it will help your body release insulin so it is good after a workout.
Green Tea – A key compound found in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which is a powerful anti-oxident said to be beneficial to people with a long list of maladies including cancer. As a fat burner, it fires up your nervous system and helps your body to burn more calories, especially when combined with caffeine. (A friend of mine swears that this is one of the best fat burning foods for women.)
Honey – If you are going to have a sugar, honey is the one for you. It is low on the glycemic index and encourages your body to release fat.
Mushrooms – Mushrooms are low in calories (21 per half cup) and high in flavor. Add them to your favorite dish as a tasty, low cal fat burner.
Oatmeal – Oatmeal is a fat burning powerhouse. First of all, it can increase your metabolism by 10% or so which means you’ll burn fat faster than normal. It also keeps your insulin levels in check so your body turns into a fat burning furnace. Since it is slow to digest, it helps burn fat all day which is exactly what we want.
Olive Oil – Olive oil not only burns fat but it also keeps your cholesterol down. Most people use it in place of their normal cooking oil making it a very easy way to make a positive change to their diets.
Parsley Leaves – Parsley is packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, iron, and it even has a bit of protein. Instead of using a sprig here and there, generously incorporate directly into many of your favorite foods.
Peanut Butter – Peanut butter is a healthful source of flab fighting mono-unsaturatated fat which can help you lose the pounds. To make this work, however, you need to use low fat, natural peanut butter and to do that you’ll have to shop around (try asking at a health food store).
Skim Milk – The calcium in milk can help crank up your metabolism and people with a high calcium intake tend to lose weight faster than people who skimp on it. The carbs in milk also cause your body to keep your insulin levels low thus preventing your body from storing fat.
Vinegar – Vinegar has no calories and there are countless ways to add it to your diet, most notably as the basis for salad dressing. A Japanese study has shown that adding vinegar to your diet can reduce stored body fat by as much as 10%. That seems a little ambitious to me but it sounds promising. In any event, it is definitely a fat burning food and a great way to add some zing to your diet.
Water – Ahhh… cool, wet water… there really is no better fat fighter. It has no calories, it fills you up and it cleans you out. Switching from pop (even diet pop) to water can have immediate and drastic effect on your weight. I drink it all day long and I no longer have cravings for sugary drinks.
Wheat Bran – Pretty much you can eat as much wheat bran as you can and not worry about it. Not only will it fill you up but it will clean you out. Put this on your shopping list ASAP.
Whey – Whey protein speeds up your metabolism and decreases hunger so you eat less. It is better than most other types of protein at combating hunger and building muscle so adding it to your diet will almost certainly help you achieve your weight loss goals. Speaking from personal experience I can tell you that whey works, period. (You can buy a giant jug of it at Walmart for under $20.)
Whole Grain Cereal – Whole grain cereals are excellent sources of fiber but the real benefit comes from the complex carbohydrates. Complex carbs don’t cause your insulin levels to spike so your body doesn’t go into “fat storage” mode.
Wine – Moderate wine usage often leads to slimmer waistlines because wine contains resveratrol, a known fat blocker. Wine can also increase your metabolism and of course that helps you lose fat too.