The foods you chose to eat can make or break a healthy eating routine and will make all the difference in getting the body you want. When you are trying to lose stubborn fat, you need to have a good workout routine (that includes strength training and HIIT), and eat a diet that is filled with nutrient dense, fat blasting foods. I’ve designed all of my F.I.T. programs with meals that include foods to help whittle away your waistline by keeping you full and boosting your metabolism. These are just some of the incredible fat blasting foods I recommend to eat on a daily basis.
Sweet potatoes have approximately the same number of calories per serving as white potato, but will provide the body with so many extra nutrients. Sweet potatoes are high in fibre and have a lower glycaemic index (GI) than normal potatoes. This means they cause less of a spike in blood sugar, which is important when preventing unwanted fat storage. They also contain vitamin C (great for the immune system) and vitamin A (good for bone-building). My favourite way to eat sweet potatoes is oven roasted in some coconut oil.
Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are all amazing to add into your daily diet. That’s because berries are among the most antioxidant rich foods out there. Berries have also been shown to stabilise blood sugar and insulin levels, preventing fat storage. They are also low in calories, which will assist in total fat loss. Eat them frozen as a snack, chuck in a fresh smoothie or add to your morning oats.
To prevent hunger pains and keep those cravings at bay then it’s important to fill up on protein rich foods. Research shows that people, who eat diets high in protein, burn more fat and are less hungry throughout the day. One egg contains 6 grams of protein, making them a great addition to your diet, especially for breakfast or after your morning workout. I love having some poached eggs, with smoked salmon and wilted greens for a super healthy and super nutritious breakfast.
Greek yoghurt has twice the amount of protein over normal yoghurt. It’s also a great way of boosting the good bacteria in your gut and preventing pesky bloating. I always go for full-fat organic yoghurt that is unsweetened. Low-fat yoghurt has generally been stripped of it’s key nutrients and has nasty additives. Yoghurt makes a great breakfast or snack with some fresh fruit and a few of your favourite nuts.
Next time you are reaching for a cup of tea or coffee, go for a green tea instead. It’s a powerhouse in antioxidants and the caffeine in it also makes it a great fat burning drink. It contains the compound EGCG, which has been shown to reduce body fat and it also helps with reducing inflammation in the body. The fact it contains no calories makes it even better to sip on all day long.
A lot of people avoid eating fat for fear that it will make them fat. However, there are certain fats you can eat, that actually help the body at becoming efficient in fat burning. This includes all foods that contain your healthy omega 3 fats, which improves your insulin sensitivity and slims down your waistline. One of my favourite sources of omega 3 fats is wild caught salmon. I love eating salmon oven baked with some fresh lemon and dill. You can even add a side of roasted sweet potatoes and you have a filling and nourishing meal, that will you’re your metabolism pumping.
Grapefruit contains a fat-blasting ingredient called naringin, which prevents the body from storing fat. It’s great to have a grapefruit first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. It also provides the body with a great boost in vitamin C.
Quinoa is a great super food and makes a good replacement to rice, pasta and processed carbs. Not only does it help keep you full and is low GI, it’s also one of the most protein-rich grains you can eat. It’s also a great source of iron, zinc and selenium. It’s great to eat as a side, chuck in a salad or replace the rice in your favourite risotto recipe.
Chillies are great for helping the body burn more calories. They contain a compound called capsaicin, which turns up the heat on your body temperature, raises your heart rate, which then boosts your metabolism. It’s also a great way to add in some kick to a few of your favourite savoury dishes.
You can create all sorts of delicious healthy recipes for weight loss from these fat-burning foods. I’ve taken all the guesswork out for you in my F.I.T. programs, a complete fitness and fat loss program to help you get the body you want.