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Top 10 Fat Burning Foods

Top 10 Fat Burning Foods

10 Fat Burning Foods

When you are trying to maintain your weight loss results outside of the HCG diet you need to know which foods are the most helpful at burning fat and reducing obesity. Most of the foods mentioned below are allowable during the restrictive Phase 2, and in this article we will discuss their health benefits and ability to burn fat.

Although you might already eat some of the fat burning foods listed below, you don't have to add them into your diet all at once. Introduce just a few foods at a time rather than trying something extreme or restrictive. If you want an organized diet that uses these foods, the HCG diet is your best option as it includes most of the fat burning foods below during Phase 2 or Phase 3 and is organized and researched. Get more information on the HCG diet here.

Remember that food is not your enemy when you are trying to lose weight, you just have to be very selective with the foods that you eat and avoid foods that are rich in carbohydrates, refined sugars, processed foods and other foods that can lead to weight gain. Below are 10 of the best fat loss foods that you should consider adding into your diet.

1.) Apples

Apples are a great fat burning food because they contain a large amount of soluble fiber, helping you feel fuller. Apples are full of pectin which is a natural fiber that reduces the amount of fat that your body absorbs. Apples are a great snack before a meal and they help reduce the amount of calories absorbed from the meal. Other health benefits of apples include antioxidants, the ability to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, and more.

2.) Cinnamon

Although it isn't exactly a food, cinnamon is a spice that is thought to have fat burning effects. Diabetes who consume cinnamon have shown an improved ability to metabolize sugar and reduced blood sugar levels. Adding about ¼ to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in your food per day, in smoothies, coffee, or other healthy meals can reduce your cholesterol, help you normalize your blood sugar and reduce your chance of diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

3.) Pine Nuts

Although pine nuts are not allowed until Phase 3 of the HCG diet, they are a great fat burning food and can be used to help you maintain your weight. Pine nuts have a compound called pinoleic acid which helps you feel satiated after eating them and reduces your appetite naturally. The fatty acids in pine nuts may also prevent the formation of abdominal fat.

4.) Fish

Fish is an excellent source of healthy protein and several types of fish are allowed on the HCG diet. Studies have shown that fish satisfies hunger better than other types of protein and also contains a large amount of healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are known to protect against cardiovascular diseases, improve heart health, and help with a wide range of different conditions.

5.) Chicken and Lean Meats

Chicken breast and lean meats are allowed on the HCG diet and they are a great fat burning food because they keep you full for long periods of time. It also takes more calories to burn protein compared to carbohydrates. Lean meats such as bison, lean beef and chicken breast have lower levels of fat compared to other meats and are preferable in a fat burning diet.

6.) Coffee

Coffee is technically not a food, but it is a great drink that improves metabolism and helps break down fat. The main benefit of coffee is the caffeine which stimulates fat breakdown and increases heart rate. The caffeine in coffee also suppresses the appetite. One to two cups of coffee per day is ideal, and excess consumption of coffee is not recommended as there can be side effects with excessive caffeine intake.

7.) Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw organic apple cider vinegar has been shown to improve digestion and help with weight loss. It is a great seasoning to include in salads or it can be mixed with water before a meal to help with digestion. Apple cider vinegar also reduces appetite and increases the body's absorption of iron. There are many other benefits such as an improved immune system, restoring of a normal pH, and many others.

8.) Chili Peppers

Although there is some disagreement among  health experts on the fat burning potential this food, the consensus is that chili peppers can actually help you lose weight because they slightly boost metabolism by increasing body temperature slightly.

9.) Grapefruit

Grapefruit is allowed during Phase 2 for good reason, it is a well-known fat burning food. It lowers insulin levels in the body which in turn reduces sugar absorption and reduces the potential for insulin resistance which leads to diabetes. It is also a low calorie food that is high in fiber, as a half grapefruit only has about 40 calories.

10.) Tomatoes

Tomatoes are full of fiber and help you feel full, and they are have compounds that help metabolize body fat. They also have other health benefits including anti-cancer compounds and they help reduce blood pressure. They help with the production of carnitine, a compound that helps the body break down fat and turn it into energy. They also help to stabilize blood sugar and reduce your appetite throughout the day.

Eat as many fat burning foods as you can

The best thing to do is to make permanent changes to your diet, exercise as much as possible, and basically try to avoid the consumption of grains, sugars and unnatural fats as much as possible while eating these healthy foods and the many others that can help you burn fat. There are several other foods that can help you burn fat, and we will  continue to discuss some of the best weight loss foods on this blog that are backed by sound scientific research.

The HCG diet includes these fat burning foods foods and helps their natural fat burning effects with the metabolism boosting effect of the hormone. For more information on how to get started with the HCG diet or for a consultation, click here.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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