Avocados are a wonderful source of healthy fat, potassium, and fiber, all three of which will help you shed the fat that’s stored in your body.
It may sound counter intuitive to eat fat in order to lose fat, but when it’s the right kind of fat that’s exactly what happens. That’s why the low-fat diet craze got it wrong, it vilified all fat without distinguishing between healthy fats and unhealthy fats.
Avocados are a feel good fruit that can be used to make any meal a little more interesting and delicious. They can be incorporated into the meal itself if it makes sense, or used as an edible garnish. Or consider using them as an appetizer or a snack to get you through to the next meal.
You can use tuna as a go-to protein source that will help you melt off some pounds. It can also be used as a snack with a few whole grain crackers if you find yourself hungry between your main meals.
Make sure you go with albacore tuna to get the most benefits, as it contains the most omega-3s which can provide you with anti-inflammatory benefits. New studies are always being conducted on omega-3s and the positive effect they have on the body, so you’re not only helping yourself burn fat, but also improving the brain and heart and protecting against cancer.
A high quality protein like tuna is great for building lean muscle. Lean muscle will help you bolster your metabolism so that you’re burning more calories even when you’re watching TV and sleeping.
3. Coconut Oil
Don’t be turned off of coconut oil when you read the Nutrition Information on it. This is one label that is a bit deceptive when it comes to the amount of fat shown. It does contain a wild amount of saturated fat, but this is not the same saturated fat you’ve been warned about.
It’s also high in healthy fats, and adds a richness to the foods you cook in it that will help you stay the course and finally beat your belly fat.
You can use coconut oil in your cooking and baking, and it will add a rich taste to whatever it is you’re cooking. If you use it to cook up other foods found on this list you’ll really be doing double duty on losing fat.
Garlic is commonly used to add a tremendous amount of flavor to a meal, and in supplemental form it has been touted as a factor for fat loss.
The great feature of garlic is that it specifically goes after the bad fat stored up in the body, and leaves healthy fat alone. It’s also been used to help treat high cholesterol levels, making it a great tool to use to improve your overall health as well as just for losing fat.
Can you eat enough garlic to experience the benefits of fat loss? Probably not, and your garlic breath would be pretty substantial if you tried. A better way to go is with a garlic supplement, but this will be most effective when you combine it with an overall fat loss strategy including other foods on this list and more exercise.
Apples are one of the best foods you can eat for busting fat stores in the body, and have long been known to be a food that keeps the doctor away. Getting rid of excess fat is one sure way to reduce the amount of doctor visits in your future.
Apples supply a broad range of vitamins but what we’re most interested in is the Vitamin C they contain. While they don’t have as much as an orange, it’s still pretty respectable, and when you combine that with their fiber content you’ve got a fat loss friend in apples.
The versatility of apples makes them easy to add to your diet. They can be eaten as breakfast, as a snack, or used as part of a meal. All of which will help you shed pounds when combined with other foods found here and regular exercise.
6. Hot Peppers
Hot peppers of all types help to heat the body up, revving up the metabolism and making it easier to burn belly fat as well as fat in other parts of the body.
If you’re wary of hot peppers because of of eating a pepper that was outside of your comfort zone, always consult the Scoville scale for the spiciness of a pepper before consuming it. This is a numbered scale that ranks peppers according to their hotness and will keep you out of harm’s way.
Of course we’re not advocating the use of hot peppers as your main vehicle for weight loss, but rather as a way to spur your body into burning more fat by getting your metabolism cooking.
Broccoli should find its way onto your plate even after you lose the fat you’re wanting to lose. It’s one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and fat loss is just one area it can help you in.
The fiber broccoli contains will help keep you regular, and the importance of a properly functioning digestive system while trying to lose fat cannot be understated. It’s also a great source of vitamins like Vitamin C and minerals like magnesium and calcium.
Eat a hearty side of broccoli and you’ll feel full for quite some time. This is easy to do when you prepare the broccoli in a way that makes you want to eat it. If you’re broccoli averse you probably had a bad experience with it, or continue to cook it in a way that isn’t pleasing to your palate. Experiment with different ways of cooking it and you’ll soon discover that it’s really a tasty veggie.
8. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter tastes good and can actually help your body lose fat. It can give you energy to power you through your day, or through a workout, and can help you build lean muscle which eventually leads to fat loss.
Go with organic peanut butter and take a pass on the big brands that add oil to the peanut butter to make it smoother. The label should read organic peanuts as the only ingredient.
The one hang-up with peanut butter is that it’s not the easiest food to stop eating once you start. Be sure you’re not depriving yourself of the foods you love, or you may end up using peanut butter as a way to fill the void and take in more than is recommended for fat loss.
Beans have a lot going for them in terms of nutrition, and if you are looking to lose fat, they can be an ally in the fight. You’ll be getting important minerals, as well as fiber that will help you feel full at the meal, and process and absorb the nutrients you’re taking in.
Beans help you get that full feeling at a meal that tells you to stop eating, and they help you maintain that satisfied feeling long after you’ve finished. That’s why they make a great side dish, or used as part of a main dish in many recipes.
If you’re worried about becoming gassy after eating beans, make sure you go with organic beans, and rinse them thoroughly before using them.
10. Brown Rice
You’re probably aware of the benefits of brown rice over white rice, and one of those is fat loss. Losing fat is much more possible with brown rice than with white. Brown rice contains fiber that will help your digestion, and
Brown rice has Resistant Starch (RS) which white rice doesn’t have, and directly affects your metabolism, making it easier for you to burn fat. It’s also a food that will help you eat less because it makes you feel full with a lower amount of food.
Swapping white rice with brown rice is an easy way to make a subtle change that can lead to big fat loss. The only tips that work for fat loss are the ones that you use, and this is one that doesn’t require much effort to apply.