Health Coach Corner – The Top Fat-Burning Foods

Health Coach Corner by Maria Hicks, Health Coach at Kapnick Insurance Group

Who wants to know some of the best fat-burning foods?  I do!  I know you probably see a lot of lists out there… “Healthiest foods” list, “super foods” list (which are different from one opinion to the next).  I actually have a lot of “best, super, fat-burning” foods on my grocery list every week.    One of my main tips for your weekly shopping list (yes, I recommend making lists!) is to think VARIETY!   Do you get in the habit of eating the same foods every week?  Pasta on Monday, beef on Tuesday, chicken on Wednesday and an apple or banana everyday?   Think about meat-free meals and a variety of fruits and veggies.  Next shopping day… try kiwi, oranges, radishes and collard greens.

Here are a few fat-burning foods according to a new list on Health.com:

Whole Grains – Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole grains (especially those rich in fiber like oatmeal and brown rice) than processed foods

Lean Meats – Protein has a high thermogenic effect.  You burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion

Green Tea – Drinking four cups of green tea a day helped people shed more than six pounds in eight weeks, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports.  Credit EGCG, a compound in the brew that temporarily speeds metabolism after sipping it.

Lentils – one-cup packs 35% of your daily iron needs.  When you lack a nutrient, your metabolism slows because the body’s not getting what it needs to work efficiently.

Hot Peppers – Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, heats up your body, which makes you melt additional calories.  You can get it by eating raw, cooked, dried, or powdered peppers.

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