12 Foods that Burn Fat

Lisa Lillien, the low-cal eating guru behind the Hungry Girl website and cookbook has recently compiled a list of the nine foods that actually help our bodies burn fat! Unfortunately, these foods are not the magic bullet to all of our weight problems but by incorporating a few of these foods into your diet, you can do your metabolism a favor (even if it’s a little favor) by revving it up a few notches.apples

The nine fat burning foods are:

  1. Lean protein
  2. Whole grains
  3. Grapefruit
  4. Green tea
  5. Water
  6. Apples
  7. Cinnamon
  8. Spicy Foods
  9. Light Dairy

Each of the items have their own specific reason for boosting your body’s fat-burning capabilities. For instance, green tea not only increases your metabolism, but Lillien points out that researchers have shown that certain substances in green tea, called polyphenols, actual stimulate the break down of fat. I’ll drink to that!

cinnamon sticksSpicy foods like cayenne pepper and aromatic spices like cinnamon kick your heart rate up and balance out blood sugar levels. When our blood sugar levels are out of whack, we turn to binging on sugary foods, which inevitably drive us to eat more. According to United States Department of Agriculture, it seems that cinnamon may lower blood glucose, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in people with Type 2 diabetes. Sprinkle some cinnamon on your oatmeal, over a baked apple or in your coffee for a healthy flavor punch!

In addition to Lillien’s list, I’d like to add a few more fat-burning foods:

1) Ginger: Whether you’re eating it pickled with your sushi, crystallized in a muffin or steeped in tea, ginger boosts metabolism by expanding blood vessels and increasing your body’s internal heat.

2) Garlic: This close cousin of onions and chives boasts properties that regulate blood sugar levels and may help to prevent heart disease.garlic Sauté a few cloves in your stir-fry or add it to your pasta sauce. The culinary uses of garlic are numerous. But if you’re worried about garlic breath, chew on some fresh parsley leaves or fennel seeds following your meal to help squash any “aromatic” lingering effects.

3) Asparagus: Alkaloids contained in asparagus are responsible for breaking down fat. And the mild diuretic effect of this nutrient-dense veggie helps to flush out this waste and reduce bloat.

Happy Noshing! 

3 Responses to 12 Foods that Burn Fat

  1. Wow~great list of foods that burn fat. I especially like spicy food^^

    Beside the list of foods that burn fat, there are some negative calories vegetables and fruits that we can eat for diet :

    Negative Calories Fruits:
    PLUM
    Apple
    Lemon
    Apricot
    Orange
    Blackberry
    Papaya
    Blackcurrent
    Peach
    Blueberry
    Pineapple
    Cranberry
    Grapefruit
    Raspberry
    Guava
    Strawberry
    Honeydew Melon
    Watermelon

    Negative Calories Vegetables:
    Green bean
    Asparagus
    Broccoli
    Cabbage
    Leek
    Carrot
    Lettuce
    Cauliflower
    Onion
    Celery
    Peppers
    Cress
    Radish
    Cucumber
    Spinach
    Garlic
    Tomato

    Regards
    Suki Tan

  2. Would most of these foods be considerd catabolic? You know like foods that take more calories to metabolize than they actually give you.

  3. heather says:

    The only foods that would be considered catabolic are asparagus, grapefruit and apples. A medium sized apple provides about 85 calories, however your metabolism would require an additional 99 more calories to metabolize it. Since many of the foods on Lisa’s list are spices that don’t contain any calories, they would not be considered catabolic. Grains, dairy and most protein, other than certain kinds of fish (lobster, shrimp, mussels, crab, tuna) are considered anabolic.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.