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The Ultimate Fat Burning Foods List

What are fat burning foods? Here’s a list

Low Carb Fat Burning Foods

  • Proteins: beef, bison, chicken, fish, turkey
  • Fats: almonds, cashews, coconut oil, fish oil, flax seeds, krill oil, macadamias, pecans, sun flower seeds, and walnuts

Slow Carb Fat Burning Foods

  • Fruits: apples, all berries, cherries, grapefruit, oranges, peaches, pears, plums, and tangerines
  • Vegetables: asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkin, olives, spinach, squash, taro, tomatoes, turnips, yams, yucca, and zucchini
  • Legumes: butter beans, chickpeas, hummus, kidney beans, legumes, lima beans, and navy beans
  • Whole Grains: all low-carb grain products, barley, Ezekiel 4:9 products, multigrain bread, oat bran, oatmeal, pumpernickel bread, rye bread, wheat bran, wheat germ, and whole grain bread
  • Dairy: low-carb milk, butter, cream, eggs, cheese, plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and low-carb whey or casein protein powders

Aaron, why didn’t you list Acai berries or pecans specifically, or high lite the fat burning effects of fish in your list of fat burning foods?

There are two reasons.

First, the best berry on the fat burning foods list is….the one you’ll eat.

It’s also the one you have access to and the one you can afford.

Further, the benefits that a certain berry has to burn fat over other berries is marginal. I regret to inform you a lot of the benefits of Acai berries for example is just hype. Ask anyone with single digit body fat if Acai berries made the difference (someone who is not selling them).

The same goes for nuts and fish. Eat the nut you like the most, and if you don’t like fish, eat another source of protein and take fish oil supplements.

Second, eating strawberries or blueberries or cherries of (fill in the blank) is 1,000 times better than whatever snack most people are eating right now. You have to remember that no diet is perfect, nor does it have to be to help you lose weight. It just has to be better than the diet you’re following right now.

And if you’ll eat blueberries but not strawberries (even though strawberries have fewer carbs), either choice is better than the bagel, muffin, or cookie you might be eating right now! In other words, it’s far more important just to eat fat burning foods than to worry which fat burning food is better than another on the same list.

What do all fat burning foods have in common?

Asking for a list of fat burning foods is actually a trick question. After all, food has calories, and the only way to lose weight is to cut calories, so how can a food actually burn fat? That gives you a broad hint of what fat burning foods really are.

Fat burning foods: a food or group of foods that satisfies two conditions

  1. They either build or spare lean muscle tissue
  2. They do not lay on body fat.

So really, there are no foods that burn fat. There are only foods that do not lay on fat while helping you maintain your muscle tissue while cutting calories to lose weight (in other words, they help you avoid looking skinny fat).

Click on the video above to understand a little more about sparing lean muscle tissue while dieting. It’s short – I promise. All done? The easiest way to spare learn muscle tissue is to eat protein. Therefore, a lot of high protein foods are fat burning foods. Why not all of them? That brings us back to the second condition for a food to called a fat burning food.

After all, a cheeseburger is high in protein. However, a cheese burger is also high in calories, and has a bun that is usually made from refined flour, a type of starch known to cause insulin levels to climb sky high which leads to fat storage and increased food cravings, leading to even more fat storage.

Well what about steak then?

  • Carb free = little insulin response.
  • A leaner cut ensures not too many calories are in the food.
  • Extremely filling.
  • The fat and protein calories do not disrupt your hormones in such a way so as to slow your metabolism. Voila! We found a fat burning food!

We also found a whole theme of fat burning foods – any lean meat, chicken, fish, or fowl that is not too high in calories is instantly a fat burning food. The only caveat is in the “not too high in calories.” After all, what’s low in calories for me might not be so low for you. This means we have to make our definition of a fat burning food a little more precise.

Fat burning foods: a food or group of foods that satisfies two conditions

  1. They either build or spare lean muscle tissue because they are high in protein
  2. They do not lay on body fat, because they are not too high in calories

Is that it?

What about fullness? Let’s go back to the cheeseburger’s two best friends – a coke and fries. You eat the burger, fries, and coke at a fast food restaurant at lunch, refill the soda, drink that, and leave. You just ate 2,000 calories, half of it from sugar.

Now…why are you hungry 6 hours later for dinner? You know what else is 2,000 calories? 14 hard boiled eggs and 14 apples. I dare you to eat that at one sitting!

And that is the another aspect of fat burning foods – they are self limiting. You can only eat so much, and then you are full. Hard boiled eggs and apples demonstrate that point clearly. Of course try it, and you’ll never eat either ever again. You might even throw them at whoever served them to you.

The classic fast food lunch also reveals the final aspect of all fat burning foods. Fat burning foods keep you full for a long time.

A 2,000 calorie lunch when it’s made from processed carbs and little protein can’t do that. You ate the equivalent of a Thanksgiving dinner calorie wise, and your body still asked for more hour later. That doesn’t happen with fat burning foods. They keep you full, and when you are hungry again, you aren’t ravenous or craving more junk food.

And so the full definition of fat burning foods is now ready to be revealed:

Fat burning foods: a food or group of foods that satisfies two conditions

  1. They either build or spare lean muscle tissue because they are high in protein
  2. They do not lay on body fat, because
    1. They are not too high in calories
    2. They are self limiting
    3. They keep you full
    4. When you finally are hungry again, you are not ravenous and craving junk food

And this is where fat burning foods get confusing

Look at all those carb sources on the fat burning foods list I gave you. Guess what? There’ little or no protein in most of them! If you eat them without a serving of protein, you’ll get hungry, ravenous, and overeat! Why? Carbs boost insulin which drops blood sugar, which increases cravings and fat storage. Protein slows that process down, and helps you not eat too many carbs. Eating protein also decreases carb cravings in the first place. So the biggest fallacy in all the world when it comes to providing a list of fat burning foods is this:

If you eat the carbs on this list of fat burning foods by themselves without eating protein with them, they all of a sudden become fattening foods!

And that is one of the two biggest points when providing a list of fat burning foods

  1. Nearly all high protein low carb foods are naturally fat burning foods. Think of these first when creating a fat burning diet.
  2. Nearly all natural carb sources are fat burning foods as well, but only when eaten with enough protein to offset them. Don’t eat them alone.

So what have we really learned? There really are only fat burning meals, not necessarily fat burning foods. Only low carb foods can be eaten by themselves, and fulfill all the requirements for a food to be fat burning. This explains why low carb diets are hands down the best tools for losing fat. Still, they can be hard to follow, and they are not the only tool.

Warning! Fat burning foods are not all that’s needed to lose fat!

If you want to eat carbs and lose a ton of fat, you do need one more piece of the puzzle, and even if you are following a low carb diet, it’s still an important piece.

That piece is exercise, specifically weight training.

All diets help you lose weight, but who cares? After all, what we’re after is losing fat when we lose weight, not muscle. This goes back to the first requirement of a fat burning food.

The thing is, only low carb diets have been shown to help you retain nearly all your muscle mass when dieting. That’s a big reason why they are so effective. You lose fat, not lean muscle tissue, so even though you weigh less at the end, your resting metabolism has not slowed down that much so you can keep the weight off (checkout my free calorie calculator to see how many calories you burn per day).

If you want to keep your metabolism revved up at the end of a diet, and you’re not following a low carb diet, the only way you’re going to pull that trick off is if you lift weights to retain all your muscle mass while dieting. Don’t do that, and it’s the dreaded skinny fat look for you. You’ll be lighter, but you won’t necessarily look it. You’re metabolism will also be slower, meaning you’ll be far more likely to put that weight back on.

To avoid this from happening, checkout my Youtube page for the best exercises to lose weight at home.

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I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at Info@NewDiabetesRx.com. Good luck and God bless!

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