It’s easy to get stuck thinking that eating for weight loss is all about reduction; common knowledge seems to state that simply eating less is the way to go. But that’s a bit misleading. You see, not all foods are the same when it comes to weight loss. In fact, a major part of the process actually involves eating more of the right foods that facilitate fat burning.
Let’s take a look at 8 such foods!
#1 – Coconut Oil
Don’t be fooled by the fact that coconut oil is rich in fat; this is not the same kind of fat you’ll find in a cheeseburger. No, coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, which your body does not store effectively. Instead, your body metabolizes the fatty acids into ketones – a weight loss ingredient.
Research has shown
that the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil also cause your body’s resting energy expenditure to increase by 5%, helping you burn an additional 120 calories per day.
#2 – Potatoes
Put down those french fries; that’s not the style of potato we’re referring to here. No, we’re talking about boiled or baked potatoes. When researchers looked at 38 foods, including brown rice and whole wheat bread, they found that boiled or baked potatoes were the most filling.
In other words, eat a boiled or baked potato and you’ll be far less likely to gorge on anything else. As an added bonus, potatoes contain a whole host of nutrients, minerals and vitamins that will give you energy to get up and exercise! Make sure to go organic!
#3 – Caffeine
Research has found that as little as 100 mg of caffeine (a single cup contains 95 mg) increases one’s resting metabolic rate by 3-4%. That amount also increases thermogenesis – body heat – a process that burns fat.
It’s estimated that caffeine can help individuals burn an extra 150 calories daily.
#4 – Apple Cider Vinegar
In a 2009 study, researchers found that participants who took 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per day experienced suppressed body fat accumulation. The effect came thanks to the vinegar’s acetic acid content.
Past research has also shown that individuals who take apple cider vinegar with a meal eat 200-275 less calories for the rest of the day.
#5 – Hot Peppers
For years, health experts have known that capsaicin – the active ingredient in hot peppers – boost thermogenesis. Remember, that’s your body’s natural fat-burning process.
It wasn’t until recently, however, that researchers discovered capsaicin also prevents future weight gain – and it does so to a degree of effectiveness as high as intensive surgery. Capsaicin works by regulating the body’s weight genes.
#6 – Tuna
A cup of tuna contains a whopping 39 grams of protein. Why is that important? Well, research has shown that a high protein diet can boost your metabolism to the point where it burns an additional 260 calories per day!
In another study, researchers found that a high-calorie diet helps women eat 441 less calories per day, resulting in a pound of weight lost per week – just by eating!
That said, make sure to stay away from farmed fish – buy only organic.
#7 – Eggs
In one study, researchers had participants replace their bagel breakfast with an equal weight amount of eggs. The participants reported being more satisfied, which was reflected in the fact that they ate an average of 400 less calories over the next 36 hours.
Eggs are also high in protein, meaning that all the protein weight loss benefits mentioned in the last point also apply here!
Be sure to buy organic, free-range eggs from your local farmer for optimal quality.
Were you surprised to learn that eating more of certain foods can actually boost weight loss? Share your thoughts in the comments!