Last updated on September 1st, 2018
When it comes to weight loss, nothing is more important than calorie control. It’s the key to your diet’s success and controlling calories involves cutting back on food and opting for healthy food options that are low in calories and fat.
However, it’s also possible to boost weight loss by eating more of certain types of foods.
Fat burning foods. Foods that cause the body to burn extra calories and get to work on its stores of fat sooner than usual.
Of course, eating fat burning food is not an excuse to eat more food per day, it will need to be incorporated into your calorie-controlled diet as a replacement for something else, but when the right fat burning foods are used with a sensible diet it can make quite a difference to existing results.
Getting more exercise will boost the process further still and anyone who throws a good quality diet pill into the mix is likely to experience some very dramatic fat loss. It’s the best recipe for weight loss success. Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients.
5 Foods with Surprising Fat Burning Potential
1. Chilli Peppers
If the idea of a fat burning pepper seems a little too far-fetched to you, get ready for a shock. Chilli peppers are one of the most powerful natural fat burners you can get.
This ability is due to the presence of a fiery compound called capsaicin. It’s the compound that allows red chilli peppers to be so good at turning up the heat in curries, chilli con carne and other types of spicy food.
The capsaicin provided by chilli peppers is equally good for turning up the heat in the human body and if you’ve ever got a sweat on while eating a curry you’ve experienced capsaicin at work.
By elevating the body temperature in the way that it does, capsaicin causes the body to lose extra calories into the atmosphere as heat. You may have heard of this process before. It’s called thermogenic fat burning.
Capsaicin further encourages fat burning by accelerating the metabolism.
This increases energy expenditure and causes the body to burn calories faster. In the case of people following a calorie-controlled diet, the calories being burned are most likely coming from the body’s stores of fat.
2. Pork Tenderloin
There are many different cuts of pork but, if you are hoping to burn fat faster, you need to make pork tenderloin your preferred cut.
Pound for pound, it contains less fat than a skinless chicken breast and is around 26% protein.
Foods that are low in fat and high in protein are always a good option for people who are trying to lose weight because they are good for filling the stomach and reducing hunger.
However, pork appears to have an edge on other lean meats like chicken and turkey because it also supports accelerated fat burning.
For the purposes of a research study that was later published in Nutrients (journal), 144 overweight volunteers were fed a diet that provided generous amounts of lean pork.
At the completion of the study, the volunteers showed a significant decrease in belly fat that was accompanied by reductions in waist size and BMI.
The researchers believe the result was brought about thanks to the unique combination of amino acids the meat provides.
Incorporating yogurt into a low-calorie diet has been shown to be a good way to burn belly fat.
Researchers at the University of Tennessee conducted a study involving 34 obese volunteers, all of whom were restricted to the same low-calorie diet.
Eighteen volunteers were also given enough yoghurt to provide them with 1,100mg of calcium per day.
The remaining volunteers were given calcium tablets that provided 400-500mg of calcium per day. The study ran for 12 weeks and everyone involved successfully lost weight.
However, the volunteers who were given the pills only lost 6lbs of fat.
The Volunteers who ate yoghurt lost 10lbs of fat. Subsequent scans revealed 26% of the fat lost by the comparison group came from the belly area.
In the case of the yogurt group, 60% of the fat lost was belly fat. Eating yoghurt in conjunction with a calorie-controlled diet was also shown to be very effective for helping protect existing muscle mass.
Tomatoes are another food that can help you to burn your body fat.
So those little snack tomatoes you see in the supermarket are probably one of the healthiest snacks you can buy and there’s a lot to be said for drinking tomato juice as well because each glass contains the juice of several tomatoes.
The secret behind the fat burning power of tomatoes was discovered by researchers at Kyoto University in Japan. Although it was already known tomato had a hidden fat burning potential, the way the fruit influenced lipid metabolism was unclear.
After conducting complicated screening processes and analysis, the researchers were finally able to ascertain the fat burning ability of tomatoes is due to the presence of a compound called 9-oxo-ODA.
5. Black Beans
When it comes to healthy eating, there’s a lot to be said for black beans.
They are high in protein and natural fiber, provide a number of minerals that contribute to healthy bones, and are also rich in quercetin and saponins that are good for the heart.
Most of their value as a fat burning food is due to their natural fiber.
Like any high-fiber food, black beans take some time to digest and this has an appetite reducing effect.
However, the insoluble fiber provided by black beans also feeds the probiotic bacteria (good bacteria) in the gut, triggering the release butyric acid.
Research suggests this natural fat burner may further support weight loss by improving insulin resistance.