Some fruits can help you burn fat and calories!
As we’ve talked about many times on the blog, the real secret to burning fat and losing weight is to burn more calories than you intake each day. Plain and simple, this is just the basis of weight fat loss.
That said, there are certain foods that actually help you lose weight faster. And in fact, many of those foods are fruits.
Fruits have been scientifically proven to help you burn fat for many reasons. They’re loaded with fiber but low in calories, which helps you feel full and pushes your body to use it’s fat reserves for energy. They are also loaded with all kinds of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that your body needs to operate at full power too.
So, to help you know which fruits to prioritize if you’re trying to lose weight, we put together a list of the best 6 that help you burn fat and calories below.
My guess is you’ve probably heard of the “grapefruit diet”. Let’s just put the myth about this fad to rest right now: there isn’t any scientific backing for this diet. However, new research has some surprising findings about how grapefruit can actually help you burn excess fat and calories. Grapefruit actually lowers your insulin levels a little bit, which prevents you from storing sugar as fat at the same rate you normally would.
Plus, grapefruit is very high in fiber, meaning you’ll feel fuller after you eat it without a huge calorie addition to your diet. But while those are helpful facts, the real benefit of grapefruit is that it’s actually a calorie negative food (meaning it takes more calories to process it than it actually contains).
Coconut has been part of diets in tropical areas for a very long time. And part of the reason it is so incredible for helping you burn fat and calories is because of the oil it contains. Coconut oil is the best fat you can eat for weight loss. It’s rich in medium-chain triglycerides which your body can actually process into energy faster than other fats, which prevents you from storing it instead.
Additionally, coconut also contains 7 grams of dietary fiber in a single cup of shredded meat, which means it will fill you up quite nicely too. Raw coconut is not available everywhere, coconut oil is easily found in many places, and great to cook with. Just remember not to overdo it, as fat is high calorie (9 for every gram).
Avocado is full of all kinds of health benefits. It helps your body block cholesterol, and it’s loaded up with fats that you need to function day to day. And the best part is, research shows that the fats in avocado can actually help you reduce abdominal fat! There are many studies that link a diet rich in monounsaturated and oleic fatty acids to weight loss. One study at Penn State found that those who switched their cooking oil to avocado oil reduced their belly fat by 1.6 percent compared to the control group!
Apples are amazing at helping you burn excess calories and fat. They are full of soluble fiber and low in calories themselves which makes them perfect for a filling snack. Plus, they have plenty of natural sugars to give you a quick pick me up when you need it! Finally, apples also contain a lot of pectin, which binds with water and limits the amount of fat your cells can absorb (blocking your body from storing it in the first place). This combination makes them an easy choice when you need something between meals.
It’s no secret that high-fiber foods are great for burning fat. So while the raspberry might be small, it’s full of dietary fiber you need to feel full and push your body to use its fat reserves instead! Not only that, but like most fruits it’s a low calorie but high volume food and contains specific ketones which are scientifically proven to increase your metabolism and suppress your appetite. Next time you need a snack, grab a small bowl of raspberries!
6. Tart cherries
Many of the same properties that the previous fruits we discussed have also exist in cherries. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants as well as a great source of dietary fiber. But the real secret to the cherry’s ability to help you burn more calories and excess body fat is that it can actually help you lower lipid levels in your bloodstream. This prevents weight gain and helps your heart health, as well reduces inflammation in your body – a condition which has been linked to many chronic diseases.
A quick word of caution about eating fruits to burn excess calories and fat… don’t overdo it. Fruits contain a relatively high level of sugar eating too many of them can cause you to over consume on carbs for the day, causing you to store fat instead of burning it.
Remember, the guiding principle to burning fat and calories is rooted in burning more calories than you consume plus a balanced diet of fat, protein, and carbs.
What questions do you have about burning fat and calories with the foods you eat? Leave a comment below and we’ll help you answer them.
This article was originally posted on NatureAdvanced.com April 2018