Chowing down on fat-burning foods can help you drop pounds and potentially reverse diabetes. It also reduces your risk of obesity, which has been linked to a higher risk of cancers. Fat-burning foods can also boost energy levels and help you feel better about yourself all around. If you’re eager to add more fat-burning foods into your diet, lose weight and feel great, try these 7 amazing foods!
1. Chia Seeds
Packed with omega-3 fats, fiber, and protein, these tiny seeds help suppress the appetite, fire up the metabolism, and turn on glucagon, one of the body’s fat-burning hormones. The trick is to soak them for 15 minutes so they swell up to 10 times their size. Just as with oatmeal, the larger the seeds are, the quicker your stomach will release those hormones that let you know you’re full—and hopefully satisfied.
Easy meal ideas: Make a chia seed pudding by soaking them in almond milk and then topping them with raw almonds, blend them with coconut milk and pineapple for a piña colada-inspired dessert, or eat a chia energy bar.
The much-maligned fat in avocado is actually a triple-fat burner. Its monounsaturated fat plumps up cell membranes, enabling cells to better chat with fat-burning hormones. It also switches off the body’s fat storage hormones. In addition, it boosts the metabolism by protecting the energy-producing part of cells from free radical damage. Bring on the guacamole!
Easy meal ideas: Eat half an avocado with sea salt and tomatoes for an on-the-go breakfast, add avocado to a spinach and green bean salad, or make an avocado smoothie with coconut milk and cinnamon.
3. Broccoli Rabe
Who knew that food could talk to your fat cells? That’s exactly what the phytonutrient sulforaphane in broccoli rabe does. It stimulates an enzyme that tells your fat cells to burn fat. Meet your negotiator.
Easy meal ideas: Sauté broccoli rabe with lemon zest and chili flakes, mix broccoli rabe and sweet Italian sausage together, or toss broccoli rabe and summer squash with olive oil, mint, lemon juice, and pine nuts.
4. Wild Salmon
While you can’t eat your way to a six-pack (that requires a few crunches), you can strip abdominal fat by consuming wild salmon on a regular basis. The omega-3s in wild salmon help improve insulin sensitivity, which shrinks fat from your waistline. Wild salmon also activates the thyroid hormone for a faster metabolism.
Easy meal ideas: Poach wild salmon with a watercress and pink grapefruit salad, make a wild salmon ceviche, or eat smoked wild salmon with dill and mustard.
This king of vegetable is not only the most nutrient-dense food on the planet, it also helps suppress the appetite and clears toxins from the body. Four cups of kale (the amount you’d use for a salad) has 10 grams of fiber and enough detoxifying nutrients to super-charge your liver’s detoxification pathways for 48 hours! A cleaner body means fewer cravings for sugar and fried food, your fat cells’ greatest allies.
Easy meal ideas:Assemble a raw kale salad with avocado, yellow peppers, and grape tomatoes; try crunchy kale chips; or sip on a cooling green vegetable juice.
6. Tomato Juice
Who would have thought that the brunch staple–the Bloody Mary–could be a fat burner? It turns out that tomato juice helps to decrease inflammation, which can shrink your fat cells. In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that drinking 11 oz of tomato juice for 20 days, lowered systemic inflammation in overweight women. Tomato juice has also been shown to increase adiponectin, a protein that helps to break down body fat. Cheers to that!
Easy Meal Ideas: Sip on a Bloody Mary and make yellow tomato gazpacho or tomato and watermelon soup.
This yellow spice is not only ideal for decreasing chronic inflammation in the body, but it can also decrease inflammation in your fat cells. That’s right, your fat cells get inflamed! In a studyconducted at Tufts University, when mice were fed curcumin, one of the active pigments in turmeric, they gained less weight and had lower body fat. I’m all up for that – hand me the turmeric tonic!
Easy Meal Ideas: Whip up a golden turmeric latte, yellow curry snapper, turmeric tonic, or a turmeric smoothie with almond milk.