It’s easy to get stuck thinking that eating for weight loss is all about reduction; common knowledge seems to state that simply eating less is the way to go. But that is not true. As you can see, not all foods that we consume on a daily basis are the same when it comes to weight loss. In fact, the biggest part of the whole weight loss process actually involves eating more of the right foods that accelerate fat burn.
Let’s take a look at 7 such foods!
1 – COCONUT OIL
Don’t let to be fooled by the fact that coconut oil is rich in fat; this is not the same kind of fat you’ll find in a burgers. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, which our body will not keep them effectively. Instead, our body metabolizes the fatty acids into ketones – very important weight loss ingredient. Many researches have shown that the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil will cause human body resting energy expenditure to increase by 5%, helping to burn additional 130 calories per day.
2 – POTATOES
Put away those delicious french fries; that’s not the style of potatoes we’re referring to here. We’re talking about baked and boiled potatoes. When researchers looked at 38 foods, including brown rice and whole wheat bread, they found that boiled or baked potatoes were the most filling.
With other words, eat boiled or baked potato and you’ll be far less likely to gorge on anything else. As a bonus, potatoes contain a whole host of nutrients, minerals and vitamins that will give our body energy to get up and exercise! Always make sure to go organic!
3 – CAFFEINE
Research has found that as little as 100 mg of caffeine (a single cup contains 95 mg) increases one’s resting metabolic rate by 4-5% (if you drink 3 cups of coffee a day, metabolic rate may reach 15% acceleration). That amount also increases body heat (known as thermogenesis), a process that burns fat.
It’s estimated that coffee can help individuals burn an extra 150 calories daily.
4 – APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
In a 2009 study, researchers found that participants who took 1-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar on a daily basis experienced suppressed body fat accumulation. This effect thankfully comes to the vinegar’s acetic acid content.
Individuals who take apple cider vinegar with a meal eat 220-295 less calories daily, research in the past has shown.
5 – HOT PEPPERS
For years, health experts have known that capsaicin – the active ingredient in hot peppers – boost thermogenesis. Remember, that’s your body’s natural fat-burning process.
It wasn’t until recently, however, that researchers discovered capsaicin also prevents future weight gain – and it does so to a degree of effectiveness as high as intensive surgery. Capsaicin works by regulating the body’s weight genes.
6 – TUNA
A cup of tuna contains a whopping 41 grams of protein. Why is that important? Well, research has shown that a high protein diet will boost our metabolism to that point where it will burn stunning 270 calories every day!
In another study, researchers found that a high-calorie diet helps women eat 341 less calories per day, that may result in a pound of weight loss per week – just by eating!
7 – EGGS
In one case study, researchers had participants replacing their bagel breakfast with an equal weight amount of eggs. The participants reported being more happy, which was reflected in the fact that they consumed an average of 450 less calories over the next 2 days.
Eggs are also high in protein, which means that all the protein weight loss benefits mentioned in the last point also apply here!
Be sure to buy organic, free-range eggs from your local farmer for optimal quality.