When it comes to trying to lose body fat, it can be challenging to know what you should and shouldn’t eat. Of course, you want to try and avoid unhealthy, sugary and fatty foods but there are some healthy foods that are better for burning fat than others, find out what some of them are in this article.
Now I know I just said to stay away from fatty foods but there are two types of fats; saturated and unsaturated. Unsaturated fats are healthier and actually essential to human life. There are many of these beneficial fats in fatty fish. Omega-3 fatty acids in fish such as; salmon, herring, sardines, mackerel and other oily fish can help reduce inflammation and can even decrease your risk of heart disease.
MCT oil comes from taking MCTs out of coconut or palm oil. This type of fat is metabolised differently from other types of fat as it is absorbed quicker into the body, going straight to the liver and immediately used for energy. This is a great source of energy and adding as little as 1-2 tablespoons of MCT to your diet a day can increase your metabolic rate by 5% in 24 months.
Coffee can also speed up your metabolic rate, by a staggering 3-13%, this is highly dependent on the amount consumed and the individual themselves. There have been many studies on how coffee could affect weight loss. One small focus group found that people who had been consuming caffeine were able to exercise for 17% longer and could burn up to twice as much fat as those in the group who did not consume caffeine.
Eggs are full of nutritional value, it has been found that eating eggs as part of your breakfast can help reduce hunger and maintain the feeling of fullness for many hours after consumption. This can lead to you eating up to 400 calories per day and help reduce body fat, without an intense hungry feeling.
Drinking green tea has many different health benefits, including decreasing the risk of heart disease and protect against certain types of cancer. There is some debate on whether green tea can actually help with fat loss but it does contain caffeine -which as already mentioned, can assist weight loss – as well as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) –which is a powerful antioxidant that is known to promote fat burning and loss of stomach fat.
Whey protein is considered to help retain muscle during the weight loss period. This can be extremely beneficial as many people who attempt to lose weight will also lose about a quarter of muscle during this period. It has also been suggested that whey protein is better at suppressing appetite than other sources of protein.
Eating protein, in general, is extremely beneficial for staying healthy, as well as for weight loss but if you’re serious about losing that extra fat, then whey protein might be the best step forward.