NUTRITION & SUPPLEMENT
10 Foods that Burn Fat Even While You’re Resting
Wouldn’t it be great that you can burn calories not just by exercising but by eating certain foods?
Some foods boost thermogenesis, the body’s heat production, leading to calories getting burned.
Get these foods in your daily diet today!
1. Tomato Juice
At 17 calories at 1/2 cup, this is great!
Tomato juice has esculeoside A that not only increases metabolism, burning calories even when you’re at rest, but it stops cholesterol from building up as well.
Enjoy it cold with other veggies like cucumber or carrots.
2. Whole Grains
Because of its fiber, the body work harder to digest whole grains. This boosts energy burned, leading to more calories getting used.
Likewise, it regulates blood sugar level. A fluctuating blood sugar will leave you always hungry when you really don’t need to eat.
Get these good whole grains from unsweetened oatmeal and brown rice.
Tip to Enjoy Unsweetened Oatmeal: Adding brown sugar, 1 tbsp at 50 calories, and per serving of sweetened dried fruit or nuts at 100 calories, to your unsweetened oatmeal is great. However, be very careful with this because plain unsweetened oatmeal already comes with 150 calories at 1/2 cup.
Almonds are full of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids called oleic acid, or omega-9. This raises the resting energy expenditure (REE) burning up calories way after you’re done eating and exercising.
Add almonds to your cereal or oatmeal or simply snack on them.
Watch out your serving, though. Recommended amount is 23 pieces of almonds which already carries 160 calories.
4. Sunflower Oil And Coconut Oil
Sunflower oil also has the same power as almonds, paving the way for the body to burn more calories, boosting REE, thereby melting fat.
Coconut oil balances hormones leading to a better body and boosting fat-burning.
To turn meals into foods that burn fat: add a drizzle of sunflower oil or coconut oil. One tbsp of sunflower oil has 120 calories and 1 tbsp of coconut oil has 117.
Sunflower works great on salad, pasta, and rice dishes. Whip up a simple dressing by mixing sunflower oil with vinegar and honey.
You can add coconut oil to your oatmeal do double it’s fat-burning property.
5. Lean Chicken
Ever wonder why all fitness buffs are all pro-chicken when one can simply control the serving of some popular meats to monitor calories?
It’s because lean chicken is a source of healthy protein making it highly thermogenic. Eating lean chicken produces heat by stimulating metabolism.
One serving of lean chicken breast gives you 135 calories. Just remember to remove the skin otherwise you’ll say hello to 249 calories.
Well, no explanation needed here. Chicken come from eggs so…
But seriously, just like chicken, eggs are the best friend of thermogenesis. Also, they make you feel full longer.
Never downplay the humble egg. Not just great for breakfast, eat it with almonds as a portable, fat-busting snack.
7. Garbanzo Beans or Chickpeas
If you haven’t tasted the baked version of this legume, you don’t know what you’re missing.
* Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
* Blot chickpeas with a paper towel to dry them.
* In a bowl, toss chickpeas with olive oil, and season to taste with salt, garlic salt, and cayenne pepper.
* Spread on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until browned and crunchy.
Heaven on earth!
Garbanzo beans have an all-round function. Their high protein content increases thermogenesis, while their fiber boosts fat oxidation.
Believe me. The benefits just come secondary to its taste. The 134 calories at 1/2 cup would make you want to eat this day in and day out.
8. Dairy Products
A disclaimer is in order because no one deserves bad surprises: The weight-reducing properties of dairy is only effective when it’s consumed moderately on a short-term basis.
With that out of the way, you can forget your low-fat dairy temporarily and indulge.
But always go back to your low-fat dairy because high level of calcium absorption in women is responsible for a successful weight loss.
The natural fructose sugar in berries satisfies sugar craving while berries’ fiber and leptin fill you up and reduces appetite for junk food. Berries contain antioxidants, which reduce belly fat and lower cholesterol.
Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are some of these great berries.
Now, you know why smoothies are very popular.
Try this 130-calorie recipe at 1 cup.
1 ½ cups
fat-free vanilla yogurt
fat-free milk or soy milk
blueberries, rinsed, drained and picked over for stems
blackberries, rinsed and drained
raspberries, rinsed and drained
honey (optional for a sweeter smoothie)
medium banana (optional for a thicker smoothie, good if using milk and not yogurt)
Add all the ingredients in the blender. Mix on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour and serve immediately.
Fatty fish has omega-3 fatty acids that stimulate the release of leptin, the hunger-killing hormone that also act as fuel for burning body fat. Fish oil omega-3s also store excess glucose in the body as glycogen, instead of fat. They also reduce inflammation.
Fish Curry with Tomatoes and Tamarind
This is a super easy recipe, ready in 30 minutes and under 300 calories. Packed with fantastic flavors, it’s perfect for a midweek meal or a weekend comfort food.
onion 1, quartered
garlic 2 cloves, peeled
ginger 2 cm piece, peeled and roughly chopped
red chilli 1, roughly chopped
coriander a bunch, leaves separated from stems
black mustard seeds 1 tsp
curry leaves a small handful (optional)
turmeric ½ tsp
ground coriander 1 tsp
ground cumin 1 tsp
plum tomatoes 400g, diced
tamarind paste 2 tbsp
sustainable firm white fish (such as hake or pollack) 500g, skinned and cut into 4cm cubes
cooked basmati rice to serve
* Blend the onion, garlic, ginger, chilli and the coriander stems in a blender until it makes a paste.
* Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the black mustard seeds and curry leaves until fragrant.
* Add the paste.
* Fry for 2 minutes.
* Add the turmeric, coriander and cumin.
* Fry for 2 minutes.
* Add the tomatoes and the tamarind with 200ml of water until the tomatoes start to break down.
* Stir in the fish, cover and simmer for 5 minutes until cooked.