While excess calories from any source, whether it be a carbohydrate, fat, or protein can cause excess fat to accumulate on the body, there are some foods that will allow for the body to burn more fat in a calorically balanced diet. Here’s everything you need to know about what to eat and why.
This starts with understanding that our food is composed of three different macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. The body will burn these macronutrients in the following order: first carbohydrates, then fat, and finally protein.
In order to burn fat – the body must first burn through the carbohydrate stores in the body. When the body depletes its stores of glucose and glycogen by the limitation of carbohydrates through the diet, it is able to enter a state of ketosis, which permits the body to begin burning body fat. Hence, a diet rich in carbohydrates may not be the most effective way to drive fat loss.
Ideally, for a food to aid in fat burning it must be rich in protein and healthy fats while remaining low in carbohydrates. It is important to remember that an effective fat burning diet must be low in carbohydrates – not void of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are present in every food, even if in very small quantities, and are needed to provide fuel to the brain and nervous system.
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The following foods fall under this fat burning category because they are low in carbohydrates and high in protein and or healthy fats. The body will burn more energy while digesting protein and fat, resulting in greater fat burning abilities. These foods will also provide rich sources of additional vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
1. Raw Almonds
3. Chia Seeds
4. Wild Caught Tuna
6. Green Tea
7. Greek Yogurt
8. Organic Baby Spinach
9. Grass-fed Beef
What are your fave fat-fighting recipes? I’d love to know – share them with me in the comments below.
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With a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, Emily provides health and wellness nutrition counselling through her private practice website, RDNmommy.com. Emily is passionate about helping individuals to make positive and sustainable lifestyle changes. She strives to empower and enable her clients to develop the healthy and happy life they have always dreamed of.
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