Whilst working out and sleeping well goes a long way in the pursuit of weight loss you’ve probably all heard the phrase ‘it’s 80% diet and 20% exercise’. This would suggest that alongside a healthy exercise regime and regular sleeping pattern - eating the right types of food is crucial when wanting to lose weight. So for all you Multitaskers who are great in the gym but find it difficult to keep up your healthy eating game, here’s the 411 on your go-to fat burning foods.
All foods are different and some burn fat faster as they speed up your metabolism and give the body lots of nutritional benefits.
Avocado is full of all the good types of fat – it’s the monounsaturated fat which is ‘good’ and helps to lower bad cholesterol. The majority of an avocado is made up of the good types of fat, but more than that, foods that are high in fat will help you feel fuller for longer. Fat takes longer to digest than carbohydrates, so including an avocado into your diet increases the feeling of fullness for longer which prevents binging.
Fish is another food type which helps to burn belly fat. Fish is jam packed full of omega-3s, which research has found to turn ‘bad’ fat cells into healthy ones which specialise in burning calories. A diet rich in omega-3 carriers can boost heart health and lower the risk of dementia and when it comes to weight loss, fishes like salmon are rich in protein, which keeps you fuller for longer.
Nuts are a great source of two nutrients that help you lose weight, protein and fiber. Research has found that protein digestion boosts your metabolism more than other macronutrients and the fiber fills you up so you feel fuller for longer. However, don’t be fooled – whilst nuts are a great snack alternative to chocolate or crisps they are very calorific so moderation is key.
4. Pulses and beans
Pulses and beans including lentils, black beans and kidney beans to name a few can be beneficial for weight loss. These types of foods tend to be high in protein and fiber which are two of the key nutrients that have been shown to lead to satiety. They keep you fuller for longer and are a great food source which helps avoid tiredness as they maintain your energy levels. In turn, this would mean you are less likely to reach for a sugary chocolate bar to boost your energy levels.
5. Lean meats
Lean meats and protein foods have a high thermogenic effect. A thermogenic product is used to increase the heat in the body and in turn affect the body’s metabolism and ability to burn fat. With meats that are high in protein – you burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion (so eating a 300 calorie chicken breast for example would require 90 calories to break it down). This is one of the reasons that a fat loss diet calls for lean protein at every meal.
Here is a list of our favourite lean protein food types:
- MissFits Nutrition Protein Shake
- Chicken breast
- Turkey breast
- Very lean red meats
- All types of fish