Natural fat burners are foods rather than pills that help burn body fat especially the more problem fat known as belly fat. Natural fat burners offer a healthier way to shed the body than fat burner pills for several reasons. The main reason is that they can be unsafe for you and they really don’t help you burn fat over the long term. Before we get into natural fat burners let’s talk about the processed fat burners they usually come is a pill, liquid or power form.
The processed fat burners are available in three types:
1. Stimulant or ‘thermogenics’- This type of fat burner work by increasing you metabolism so your body works faster and burns fat. The usually contains caffeine or ephedrine or both. They affect the central nervous system and increase the body temperature. This type of fat burner can pose a serious health risk. People have died using this type of fat burner. It used once before and I made me feel wired. The worst feeling ever.
2. Appetite Suppressant
As the name states this type of fat burning pill works by reduce your appetite therefore eating less. You eat less calories and lose weight. However, this fat burner usually contains amphetamine which is considered very dangerous and is banned for use in the US.
3. Carb Blockers
This fat burner actually blocks carbs from entering your bloodstream. Need I say more on this one?
In order to be able to lose weight, burn fat, and stay fit for long term incorporating natural fat burners is the way to go. It really is just as simple as learning what foods offer the most fat burning benefits and implementing a sensible diet with those foods. Here are a few well known natural fat burners:
Meats particularly are the best examples of foods which can be taken in with high protein. High protein foods require more energy from the body to process, thus the fat burning properties. The protein is good for muscle building, which in turn helps to increase metabolism and adding satisfying bulk to meals.
Chicken (lean cuts, no skin)
Beef (lean cuts)
Turkey (lean cuts)
Apples, blueberries and watermelon, oranges, guava, grapefruit, papaya, sweet lime,tangerines and tomatoes.
Pineapple is a great addition to any breakfast. Raw pineapple is rich in potent vitamin C. Vitamin C is a vital component in the fat burning process. Studies have shown that most people are deficient in vitamin C and having the proper amount or more is effective over the long term in losing weight. It is also considered a negative calorie food; a group of foods that take as much or more energy (calories) to digest than it contains. Also, the fruit contains a high amount of water which helps keep you full longer.
Grapefruit Is another good way to start the day by either eating it or drinking it in raw juice form. This fruit has large amounts of fiber which takes longer to digest, thus lowering food cravings. Grapefruit helps lower insulin levels as well, which curbs the body’s sugar urges.
Asparagus, beet root, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, chilies, beans, soybeans, sweet potatoes.
Chilies: Foods containing chilies or cayanne pepper are considered as foods that burn fat. Chilies contain capsaicin that helps in increasing the metabolism. Capsaicin is a thermogenic food, so it causes the body to burn extra calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chilies.
Curry leaves (Curry Patta): Curry leaves flush out fat and toxins, reducing fat deposits in the body.
Hot spices are always fun, but they can also help with weight loss. Spicy food increases your body temperature and might even cause you to sweat a little. This also raises the heart rate which in turn increases your metabolism. Try cayenne, hot sauce, hot chilies, and red peppers to help give you the best abs in the spice aisle!
Cinnamon can help metabolize sugars more effectively when eaten with food. This will lower the body’s blood sugar levels. Too much extra sugar leads to increased fat storage. Try using this sweet addition as a substitute for sugar.
Other Fat Burning Vegetables:
Garlic: Garlic contains the anti-bacterial sulphur compound allicin which helps reduce cholesterol and unhealthy fats, making it an effective fat burning food.
Cabbage: Cabbage, raw or cooked inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat, making it good for weight reduction.
Green tea is a wonderful addition to the daily routine. Most people know it is full of anti-oxidants. But it also has a chemical called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which helps increases metabolism when combined with small amounts of caffeine. Drinking five cups throughout the day can burn up to 70 or 80 calories over the day.
All varieties of black tea naturally contain caffeine. Caffeine is often promoted as a fat-burner, although it doesn’t do it directly. Caffeine increases neural activity in the brain by suppressing the actions of a neurotransmitter called adenosine, which leads to a temporary increase in mental alertness and thought processing while reducing drowsiness and fatigue, according to "Biochemical, Physiological and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition
Asian ginseng, or Panax ginseng, has been used to boost energy and fight fatigue for centuries in many Asian countries. According to "Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica," ginseng is frequently used in Asia countries to promote work efficiency, enhance physical stamina and athletic endurance and to stimulate metabolism.
Ginger is a vasodilator, which increases the diameter of your blood vessels and enhances circulation of your blood. Increased blood flow and circulation often leads to small increases in body temperature, which stimulates metabolism and burns more calories and fat
Water is very important as we are comprised of more water than anything else. Dehydration has been shown to slow your metabolism. Lack of water will also increase fatigue and sugar cravings. The best practice is to drink water continually during the day with at least 8 cups consumed.
Dairy Products That Burn Fat:
Calcium rich foods like dairy products – milk, cheese and yogurt are good at fat burning that can boost weight loss by increasing fat breakdown in fat cells. According to Professor Michael Zemel at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, (Obesity Research, April 2004; vol 12; pp 582-590), a dairy-rich diet with same calorie restriction can nearly double the rate of weight and fat loss. Eating 3-4 servings of dairy products a day is more effective at enhancing weight loss efforts than calcium supplementation alone
Low fat dairy can also help you trim down. Dairy is rich with calcium which inhibits production of calcitriol. This fun hormone tells cells to generate more fat. Try adding low fat yogurt or cottage cheese to increase your calcium and block that calcitriol!
Peanuts are one of the most common and least expensive of nuts. About 28 peanuts contain 160 calories, 7 g of monounsaturated fat and 2 g of saturated fat. Hydrogen does not bind to monounsaturated fats the way it does to saturated fats. As monounsaturated fatty acids travel through your body they can bind with other substances, such as lipids, reducing the amount of lipids and lowering your cholesterol.
For 200 calories, 12 g monounsaturated fat and 2 g saturated fat, you can eat 18 to 20 pecan halves. Monounsaturated fat is an essential fatty acid because your body does not make it, and it helps coordinate vital functions such as blood pressure, heart rate and hormone production. By contrast, your body makes saturated fat, so when you consume saturated fat, the body generally stores it around the midsection. Toss roasted vegetables with pecans or crust fish with this nut for added flavor.
Twenty to 24 almonds contain 160 calories, 9 g monounsaturated fat and only 1 g saturated fat, which makes eating them an excellent way to burn belly fat. Almonds also offer the antioxidant vitamin E. By preventing oxidative cell damage, you can look younger and prevent certain diseases such as heart disease and obesity. Replace croutons on your salad with almonds to reap the fat-burning and antioxidant benefits of this nut
Hazelnuts offer 180 calories, 13 g monounsaturated fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Compared to other nuts, hazelnuts have one of the lowest amounts of saturated fat, especially in relation to their monounsaturated fat content. They burn fat, reduce cholesterol and protect your heart. Top sweet potatoes halves with them or add them to salads and roasted vegetables.
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