Many people, it seems, are trying to lose weight these days. Eating the right foods is a good place to start.
But what about the best fat-burning foods? Eatthis.com offers its top eight:
- Almonds. One study of overweight adults found that eating about a quarter-cup of almonds for 6 months led to a 62 percent greater reduction in weight and body mass index.
- Sweet potatoes. They are high in fiber and have a low glycemic index, which means they’re absorbed slowly and keep you feeling full longer. They’re also rich in carotenoids, powerful antioxidants which help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance. That prevents calories from being converted into fat.
- Grapefruit. A study published in the journal Metabolism found that those who ate grapefruit for six weeks lost a full inch off their waistlines. The fruit is rich in phytochemicals, a bioactive compound that burns fat.
- Wild salmon. The fish is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which fuel fat burning and block fat storage. Adding two servings to your diet each week to get the amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids is recommended by the American Heart Association.
- Green tea. It contains catechins, antioxidants that boosts metabolism, speed the release of fat from cells (especially belly fat) and stoke the liver’s fat-burning capacity.
- Berries. Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are a flavorful way to satisfy sweet cravings. And they’re packed with polyphenols, which can help you burn fat and even stop it from forming.
- Cayenne pepper. A compound in pepper burns your belly in a positive way. Capsaicin actually burns belly fat, suppresses appetite and boosts the body’s ability to convert food to energy.
- Whole grains. People who ate three or more daily servings of whole grains (oats, quinoa and brown rice) had 10 percent less belly fat than people who ate the same amount of calories from processed white carbs (bread, rice, pasta), according to a Tufts University study.