Five Fat-Burning Foods to Boost Your Weight Loss

dietLosing weight can be a difficult prospect for anyone to face – especially when you think about the sorts of foods you have to cut out and the amount of exercise you need to do. However, there are a few foods that you can eat plenty of that can actually boost your metabolism, helping you to lose weight and burn fat.

Fat-Burning Food No. 1: Salmon

Salmon is the absolute best fish that you can eat in order to boost your weight loss. It is meaty and full of protein, making it filling, and it is full of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to your health and well-being as you cannot produce them naturally in your own body – so you have to get them through your diet. Salmon also has a good proportion of fats, making it a well-balanced food, and the fatty acids obtained from eating salmon are excellent for joint inflammation.

The fatty acids found in salmon also affect something in your body called leptin, which is a hormone that is associated with burning calories. Too much leptin and your body won’t burn as many calories throughout the day – less leptin and your body burns more calories. Salmon lowers leptin levels, meaning you burn more calories.

Fat-Burning Food No.2: Skim Milk

Low fat dairy products are absolutely essential for fat loss. You may find that the rest of your diet is right – that is, you’re eating lots of protein and lots of vegetables and not a lot of carbohydrates, but you’re not losing weight. That may be because you’re not getting enough dairy. The main ingredient in milk, or other low-fat dairy products, is calcium. Calcium is not only good for your bones – it is also a trigger that kicks your metabolism into fat-burning action. Milk also contains a number of complex carbohydrates which are fantastic for keeping your insulin levels low. Low insulin levels promote fat loss and boost your metabolism.

Fat-Burning Food No.3: Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a fantastic source of complex carbohydrates, which as mentioned in the skim milk section, are great for keeping your insulin levels regulated and for boosting your metabolism. Oatmeal is also very high in fibre, which means that it takes longer to get digested by the body, not only keeping you fuller for longer but also meaning that there is no insulin spike. Whole-grain cereals also have the same effect as this, so try swapping between oatmeal and whole-grain breakfast cereals for fast results.

Fat-Burning Food No.4: Celery

If you’ve ever heard of negative calories, you’ll know how this tip works. Celery is a vegetable that actually uses more calories to digest than it contains – that means that simply by eating the vegetable, you’re burning calories without even doing any exercise! Celery is the best example of a negative calorie food, but other negative calorie foods include cauliflower, hot chilli peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon, strawberries, carrots and grapefruit. Eat these negative calorie foods throughout the day as a snack.

Fat-Burning Food No.5: Green Tea

A lot has been made of green tea in the media as a ‘miracle’ fat-loss supplement. Green tea will not make you shed the pounds overnight, but it will help you to burn more calories. Green tea contains a chemical named EGCG which is a chemical that boosts brain function and the functioning of the nervous system, making you more alert, whilst also helping you to burn more calories throughout the day. Drink the green tea as it is, not with milk – for extra flavour, try sweetening it with honey or squeeze in a few drops of lemon juice.