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The BEST Fat Burning Foods

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Eating whole foods and getting regular exercise is a great effort towards reaching your shape and fitness goals. Here are 16 Fat-Burning Foods, that when used throughout your weekly food plan, can help you with that journey:

1. Walnuts

Researchers are convinced—more than ever before—about the nutritional benefits of walnuts, a tree nut, when consumed in whole form, including providing better skin. We now know that approximately 90% of the phenols in walnuts are found in the skin, including key phenolic acids, tannins, and flavonoids. In the majority of dietary studies, approximately one ounce of tree nuts per day is the minimal amount needed to provide statistically significant benefits, and that’s the amount we recommend that you incorporate into your daily diet. In the case of walnuts, one ounce means about 7 shelled walnuts, or 14 walnut halves. Of course, since tree nuts (including walnuts) are a high-calorie food, it’s important to incorporate tree nuts into an overall healthy diet that remains on target in terms of calories.

2. Ginger

Used for centuries to help relieve digestive upset/disturbances, ginger can also help reduce inflammation, boost blood flow to muscles and aid muscle recovery.

3. Oatmeal

This very slow-digesting carb keeps blood sugar and insulin levels low, so fat burning can stay high. Research has shown that athletes who consume slow-digesting carbs in the morning burn more fat throughout the entire day and during workouts than those consuming fast-digesting carbs.

4. Avocado

The mono-unsaturated fats found in avocados are burned readily for fuel, the high calorie count encourages you to use portion-control with them.

5. Salmon

This fish is one of the richest sources of the omega-3 essential fats EPA and DHA. Unlike flaxseeds, which provide a type of omega-3 that has to be converted into EPA and DHA, salmon provides your body a direct supply of them with no conversion required. Sardines is also a great source for omega-3s.

6. Soybeans (Edamame)

Soybeans are a soy protein, which has been shown to build muscle as efficiently as other forms of protein like whey and beef. Their versatility makes them a great addition to meals, pureed as a spread or sprinkled on salads. Here’s a quick, easy edamame dip.

7. Water

This just may be your best ally in fighting body fat. Studies have shown that drinking 2 cups of cold water can boost metabolic rate by 30%. Drinking water before a meal makes you feel satiated when eating appropriate portions.

8. Flaxseeds

They contain essential omega-3 fatty acids. It is important to grind them before using to release the nutrients that otherwise pass through your system without the benefits being used. You can add to shakes, oatmeal, cereals, baked goods, and whole grains like brown rice or quinoa.
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