Nuts, Seeds, and Berries

Nuts, seeds, and berries are great fat burning foods. Berries are low in calories while nuts are rich with mono unsaturated fats. A handful of anything listed below can go a long way toward filling you up without weighing you down.

Acai Berries – Though somewhat controversial, Acai berries may be what you need to blast away fat. They are worth a try, that is for sure.

Blackberries – Blackberries are a fat burning super food that you can easily incorporate into any diet.

Blueberries – One cup of blueberries has about 80 calories. Instead of gobbling down a candy bar the next time you feel hungry, reach for some wholesome, delicious blueberries!

Brazil Nuts – Almonds – Walnuts – All nuts do contain some amount of the omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid, but most only contain trace amounts. The real fat hero in most nuts is mono-unsaturated fats. Walnuts are actually a rich source of omega-3s. One ounce provides almost 3g of alpha-linolenic acid.

Brown Rice – Brown rice is a good source of resistant starch which has been shown to help increase your metabolism and in turn destroy fat. It is also nutrient rich compared to white rice and many athletes (including myself) swear by it.

Flaxseed – Flaxseed comes from the flax plant, an annual herb which was first cultivated by the ancient Egyptians. It is rich in Omega 3 & Omega 6. These fats release cholecystokinin from the stomach so that when you’ve eaten enough, the brain will receive the message that you are full.

Goji Berries – These little (but powerful) berries help you control your blood sugar and also help curb your appetite. Highly recommended, especially if you are in a weight loss rut.

Grapes – One cup of grapes has only 64 calories and since they are full of water they help fill you up.

Pine Nuts – Pine nuts are packed with ab shredding protein and can be used as a substitute for meat in salads and other meals.

Quinoa – Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a nutritional all-star that belongs in your weight loss plan. This whole grain has 8 grams of hunger-busting protein and 5 grams of fiber in one cup, plus it’s as easy to cook as rice. It’s also packed with nutrients such as iron, zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. For a quick and interesting dinner, mix in some vegetables, nuts, or lean protein.

Raspberries – One cup of raspberries has a paltry 64 calories so don’t be afraid to dig in!

Soybeans – Soy protein is a muscle building monster and the more muscle you have the more fat you’ll burn. We’re seeing roasted soybeans turning up all over the place now so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them. (Try Amazon.)

Strawberries – One cup of strawberries has only about 46 calories so feel free to eat all you want. They are great for diabetics too because that same cup of strawberries has only 11 grams of carbs.