What Should You Eat to Burn Fat? Effective Fat Burning Foods

Why Do Some Foods Burn Fat?

One reason some foods help with fat loss is a physiological process called the thermogenic effect. Foods that have a high thermogenic effect help the body generate heat, which accelerates metabolism and increases the number of calories you burn.

Other foods have chemicals and compounds that are great at reducing fat. Our dieters have found fat loss success by combining both types of foods, and following our meal plans using fresh, healthy ingredients and meals.

Some of the foods with the highest thermogenic effect are pretty high in fat, like avocados, nuts, and eggs. These days, it’s more accepted in the general public that there are “good fats” that are healthy for our bodies. It’s no surprise that we at Can’t Lose Diet are big fans of incorporating these high thermogenic effect foods, full of beneficial monounsaturated fatty acids, that target toxic fat.

1. Fish with Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The super-healthy fish that are high in Omega-3s are what you want to look for in the grocery store or fish market. Try Atlantic mackerel, cod, salmon, and even canned tuna or sardines. Studies have shown that routinely including these kinds of fish can help with reducing belly fat.

2. Eggs

Eggs get kind of a bad wrap because of the cholesterol and fat content, but they can be helpful at boosting your metabolism. They have a high level of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), and are full of proteins that help you stay full longer when you eat them in the morning.

Skip the bagel and choose eggs instead, your waistline will thank you!

3. Avocado

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Avocados have become an extremely popular, if not meme-worthy, fruit over the last few years.

And there’s good reason, based on the fact that monounsaturated fats make up more than 75% of avocados’ composition.

Nutritionally, they’re more like fat than fruit. Eating avocados stimulates our bodies to produce leptin, which is a hormone that’s been shown to help with appetite suppression. When you stay full longer, you don’t get that snacky urge.

4. Dark Chocolate

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A lot of people think dark chocolate is better for you than milk chocolate, yet is still to be avoided when you’re trying to shed pounds of fat.

But it can actually help burn fat due the MUFAs, and eating it in sensible portions can help you (you guessed it!) stay full longer.

5. Nuts

Nuts are super heros of fat burning. Especially nuts like almonds and walnuts. Studies have shown that people who eat the recommended daily serving can lose up to 50% more weight and fat than people who don’t. Besides monounsaturated fats, they’re a great source of fiber and protein. In addition, they are harder work for your digestive system to break down, so eating them helps increase your metabolic rate.

6. Greek Yogurt

Go for the full fat version when you’re looking to burn fat. That’s kind of counterintuitive, but by now you get the idea that we’re focusing on fats that help you along in your weight and fat loss journey.

Greek yogurt has the probiotics and protein we all know and love, yet the full fat version also has conjugated linoleic acid. It’s been shown to burn fat, which is one reason why research points to the suggestion that the full-fat version of dairy products can improve fat loss, make you feel full longer, and even help protect your muscles while you lose weight.

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