Vegetables are fantastic fat burning foods because they are so low in calories that you can eat all you want and still lose weight. Eat them as simply as you can, either raw or steamed, and whatever you do don’t drown them in butter or dressings because they’ll lose their fat burning qualities.
Asparagus – Asparagus is a great vegetable for anyone who is interested in losing weight. It has plenty of nutrients like vitamins A & C PLUS it tastes pretty good too. Look for compact bunches of spears with closed tips. The bigger the asparagus is, the more tender it is.
Beans (Legumes) – Beans are high in protein which helps your body build muscle. Muscle cells burn calories at a much higher rate than fat cells so even a slight increase can really help you blast away the fat. It is speculated that the fiber in beans is also an effective aid in preventing your body from absorbing fat. Try kidney, lima, navy, and white beans but avoid baked or refried beans.
Beets – Beets are a very versatile fat burning food. They can be served baked, steamed, pickled, and even raw. There are many, many varieties to choose from so don’t be afraid to experiment a little until you find one that suits you.
Broccoli – Broccoli is high in fiber, vitamin C, and is said to be valuable for its anti-cancer components which include diindolylmethane and selenium. This high fiber food contains virtually no calories so feel free to eat all you want.
Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) – The phytonutrient sulforaphane in broccoli rabe stimulates an enzyme that commands your fat cells to essentially self destruct. This makes rapini a fat burning nuclear bomb.
Brussels Sprouts – These delicious little members of the cabbage high in fiber, have no fat, are loaded with potassium and iron PLUS they are a good source of vitamins A & C.
Cabbage – You’d probably never guess it but cabbage is loaded with vitamin C. Interestingly, if you cut it up more than an hour before you plan to use it, cabbage loses some of its nutrient value so wait as long as possible before preparing it.
Cauliflower – Cauliflower is a nutrient dense vegetable with lots of folate, fiber, and vitamin C. Even better, however, is that it contains numerous substances which may slow or prevent cancer.
Carrots – One cup of carrots has a mere 52 calories so feel free to eat all you want. Not only will you be burning fat but you’ll be getting plenty of vitmain A (308% of your daily needs) but you’ll be getting vitamin C and a little bit of calcium & iron too. Carrots are a great secret weapon in the fight against fat.
Celery – Celery is among the best fat burning foods because it has a high water content and contains virtually no calories. You can eat it alone or add it as a tasty filler for many recipes.
Chili Peppers & Flakes – Cayenne – Habanero – Jalapeno – Hot pdeppers contain the active ingredient capsaicin, a chemical that can enhance calorie burning at rest as well as reduce hunger and food intake. The boost in calorie burn is particularly enhanced when capsaicin is used with caffeine.
Chives – Chives can be eaten raw (in a salad, for example) or added to your favorite recipes at the end of cooking. Their aromatic yet subtle flavor makes them a perfect way to enhance almost any dish.
Corn – Fresh sweet corn is an excellent fat burning food. If you buy it on the cob, you should eat it right away because the longer it sits, the more flavor it loses. It is good for about a week in the fridge but after that you are taking your chances. Instead of slathering it with margarine or butter, try it plain with just a pinch of salt and you might be surprised at what you’ve been missing.
Cucumbers – Cucumbers are about 90% water yet they are packed with nutrients. This means that they’ll help fill you up so you will cut down on your overall calorie intake.
Eggplant – They are low in calories, high in fiber, and they can even lower cholesterol.
Green Beans – Green beans are a good source of folic acid, vitamins A & C, and they even have a bit of iron. Choose beans that snap easily and are free from blemishes.
Green Peppers – Green peppers are loaded with vitamin A and vitamin C. They are easy to grow and they freeze nicely so you should consider adding them to your garden.
Kohlrabi – Kohlrabi can be eaten raw or cooked. It is high in fiber and very low in calories (only 19 per half cup) and it also contains vitamins A & C along with folic acid and calcium. It’s kind of funny looking but well worth a try.
Leeks – Leeks have a pleasant sweet/onion taste which makes them ideal as a side dish. At only 27 calories for half a cup you can be sure that they will help you burn the fat.
Onions – Onions have only about 35 calories per half cup so feel free to go ahead and add them to your favorite meals. If you are worried about getting bad breath, some parsley can help with that.
Parsnips – If you are sick of carrots, give parsnips a try. They can be eaten raw or cooked and they are loved for their nutty flavor. One cup has about 100 calories but you’ll be getting tons of calcium (45% RDA) and vitamin C (35% RDA). Parsnips are an awesome fat burning food, don’t be afraid to give them a try!
Peas – Peas are high in protein which helps you build muscle and keep your fat intake under control. Both of these attributes combined with their low calories will help you burn fat.
Pumpkin & Squash – Pumpkins can be baked, boiled, roasted, made into pie, mashed, put into soup, or even turned into a pudding. Take advantage of their versatility to create fantastic meals or side dishes.
Radishes – A half cup of radishes has only 10 calories which makes them a perfect addition to your favorite salad. They add a unique pepppery flavor which can jazz up just about anything you can imagine.
Romaine Lettuce – Regular lettuce is pretty much lacking in nutrients but Romaine lettuce is packed with vitamins K, A, C PLUS manganese, folate, chromium, and on and on and on. It’s good stuff, people.
Spinach – Spinach has vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and at only 7 calories per cup it is the perfect fat burning food.
Sweet Potato – Sweet potatoes are widely considered to be one of the best fat burning foods in the world. They digest slowly so you feel full longer, they have an extremely low glycemic index rating and they are nutrient dense. If you introduce just one new food into your routine, make it the sweet potato. A good way to get started is to eat sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes – your body will thank you! (Use a dab of margarine and a few sprinkles of cinnamon and you’ll never eat an ordinary potato again.)
Tomatoes – Tomatoes are able to help your body destroy fat naturally because they encourage the production of carnitine which aids your body in converting fat to energy.
Zucchini – Zucchinis are loaded with nutrients like potassium, folate, and vitamins A and C. They also have a bit of beta carotene and it is said that the darker the zucchini is, the better it is for you.