If you want to lose weight, what you eat is going to be just as, if not more, important than how much you exercise. I’m not saying that exercising isn’t important, because it is! But if you go hard on a workout and then just eat a bunch of high-calorie junk afterwards…you aren’t going to be getting any closer to your weight loss goals. Eating these fat-burning foods will help you lose weight fast.
So, let’s go over some basics:
Eating in moderation is key.
But eating the right foods is also key.
For instance, you could definitely eat a ton of salmon and still be taking in too many calories to lose weight. You have to balance out the high-calorie (but still high quality foods) with fiber.
If you get enough fiber in your diet, you will feel fuller. If you eat enough high-quality protein and carbs, you will feel fuller, longer.
This will help you stay away from unhealthy snacks. Fiber will also help you stay regular– which will make you feel approximately 7,000% better (I just made that number up, but that’s what it feels like to me).
Some of these foods will actually boost your metabolism and help your body start to burn off that stubborn fat. That’s pretty cool. If you start eating higher quality fat-burning foods, combined with some moderate exercise (think yoga or just going for a walk) you will start to lose weigh way faster than you ever thought you could.
10 Foods You Need To Eat For Fast Weight Loss
High in Fiber Vegetables
Always eat lots of high-in-fiber veggies. These will be a great foundational element to any diet or meal plan. Think dark, leafy greens. Carrots, spinach, broccoli, peas and legumes all make the list. Consider making a salad or light stir-fry when preparing them.
Don’t over cook! Whatever you do. When veggies get cooked too much, they loose a lot of micro-nutrients and just get mushy!
These spicy little peppers has been shown to activate the body’s metabolism! Helping you to literally melt away your fat, without doing any extra work. Try adding them to soups and main dishes to get an extra metabolic boost!
Green tea has been shown to help the body metabolize fat. Green tea makes this list of fat-burning foods, (well it’s a drink really, c’mon…) because it contains several compounds that boost your body’s metabolism.
- Caffeine…yes, caffeine does help your body increase its metabolism. And green tea doesn’t contain nearly as much as coffee.
- Antioxidants; specifically EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate).
This powerful compound can help you burn away fat by inhibiting a hormone called “Norepinephrine”. When Norepinephrine is inhibited, the body produces more of it. Norepinephrine is one of the ways that your nervous system communicates with your fat cells. The more of it there is, the more the fat cells start burning fat for energy!
When considering chocolate for weight loss, you gotta go for at least 70% cocoa…and get some that doesn’t have a lot of sugar added to it.
Studies have found that dark chocolate helps the body decrease the amount of fatty acids and carbohydrate that it can metabolize, leaving you with fewer calories after a meal. Fat-burning food right here! I think dark chocolate can be an acquired taste, but give it a try. You might start liking it!
Foods like live yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut all contain beneficial bacteria that will help digest the food you eat and overall will help your system get in better shape. Just think about the body you really want to have and consider adding these to your diet.
Adding fermented foods might be completely new to you. Make sure you get foods with live cultures in them. Some yogurts are highly processed and have been cooked. These do not contain the bacteria that you want. If you can’t find producst with “live” or “active cultures” in them, then consider making your own. I personally love sauerkraut and make my own with this method.
Fruits are a must have for any diet. Just make sure you are limiting them to small quantities to avoid too much sugar. Fruits are a great way to spice up a salad or make a smoothie!
Salmon is high in protein and high-quality fats (like Omega-3s). Both of these will help you feel full for longer. Eating salmon is a great way to slim down. Have some with a salad or grilled with a side of high fiber veggies! Also, salmon is delicious!
This is another low-calorie food that has beneficial fats and a whole lot of protein. Go for tuna steak or canned tuna in water for best results. Avoid making tuna salad with mayo, as this can add hundreds of calories to your meal. Instead, try having tuna in a salad.
These potatoes are an amazing fat burning food! Not only are they high in fiber, but they are naturally sweet. If you have only experienced them at Thanksgiving (probably loaded up with butter and sugar) then give them a shot! Sweet potatoes have been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels and have a lot of vitamins in them.
The amazing rice alternative! Quinoa is high in fiber, so you will stay full for longer. Low on the glycemic index also means less sugar going into you blood stream.
It is full of B-complex vitamins. These are essential for your body’s energy production.
Quinoa is full of vegetable protein, which is great even if you aren’t a vegetarian. Protein helps build muscle and will aid in feeling fuller.
Your diet is going to be a huge part of your weight loss strategy. Exercise is important, but some of us can’t get out as much as we would like. We either don’t have the time or physically can’t. Eating the right things, like these fat-burning foods, can substantially increase the speed which you can lose weight.