Foods that Burn Body Fat

Well, before we get into it and I want to say that the list of foods below are there to help you make smarter decisions when ordering or cooking foods and will help you when working out and tying to eliminate the layer of fat that is covering your muscles.

So how do you pick the best foods that burn body fat? Easy. Look for foods that are considered thermogenic. Calorie for calorie, certain foods are considered to increase your metabolic rate – that is, they naturally increase energy expenditure – helping you burn body fat rather than storing it.  In reality, ALL foods are “thermogenic” because the body must use energy to digest them. This is known as the “thermic effect of food” (TEF) or “specific dynamic action of food.”

And when that occurs, your body taps into existing fat stores to meet energy demands, melting off the layer of fat covering up your six pack that you’ve been dying to show off. Even better, some foods have abilities to surpass their fat-burning effect. Certain choices result in fullness; some require energy to be broken down; and some can even release body fat elevating your metabolism.

A lot of people try to starve their nutrition in a bid to reduce fat. This approach can have spurious effects on the harmony of the body and is not a wise or healthy way to reduce fat. The right way to reduce fats would be to eat foods that reduce the possibility of further fat deposition, or foods that assist in burning fats, while also taking up calorie-burning exercises (like aerobics, yoga and resistance/weight training) to use up the past-stored fat in your body. The science is complicated and not necessary to grasp.  You need to understand which foods work to promote fat burning so you can capitalize on the best options and get rid of your unwanted fat. However, not all foods have the same thermic effect. Dietary fat has the lowest thermic effect. The most thermogenic food is lean protein from solid foods.

Question: What are the best fat burning foods, that help eliminate body fat?

Oats:   Oatmeal will help you reduce fat levels by providing sustainable energy and keeping you full so you don’t over eat mid morning. It’s full of plenty of fiber to maintain your insulin levels throughout the day.

A key to losing fat is to keep insulin levels lowered because insulin moves fat into storage more easily, especially if you’re not weight training regularly. Raisin and Barn cereal is another good example of breakfast food that’s rich in insoluble fiber, so is cooked barley.

Eggs:   A study showed that those who ate eggs for breakfast instead of bagels lost considerably more fat.  Not to mention the muscle-building power of the protein found in eggs because of it’s superior amino acid profile.  The fat in the yolk of the egg is the healthiest part and helps with slower digestion and reduces hunger therefore one of the best foods that burn body fat when eaten in moderation.

Poultry:   Poultry like chicken are low on fats and carbohydrates while have a good protein profile. Research has proven that the thermic effect of protein is the highest of all the macronutrients, requiring about 30% of the calories it contains, just for digestion and processing. An added bonus is that lean protein foods suppress your appetite! Try to incorporate the following lean proteins as well: Turkey breasts, Bison, Venison, Buffalo, very lean Red Meats like (top round and lean sirloin, as well as lean veal), just about any type of Fish, Shellfish and other Seafood.

Almonds and Walnuts:   These nuts are a great source of healthy fats. It has been seen that people who don’t consume healthy fats are more likely to gain weight than people who do. This is the reason why it’s very imprudent to eliminate healthy fats from your diet in a bid to reduce weight. Remember that healthy fats are needed for a harmonious functioning of the body because most of the body’s cell structure is made from these fats.

Olive Oil:   Your body cannot live without certain foods and “good fat” is one of them. That’s because approximately 70% of it Olive oil is one of those “good fat.” Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, a type of fat that has many healthy benefits like preventing heart disease, colon cancer and controlling LDL (bad cholesterol). It’s also loaded with vitamin E and antioxidants.  Olive oil can increase the activity of certain chemicals called “uncoupling proteins.” These chemicals effectively “tell” the body to burn excess calories, rather than store it. Oil is one of the forgotten foods that burn body fat.

Water:   Though water would not count as a food, because it has no calories, it would need to mentioned that water helps improve the over-all metabolism of the body and thus helps burn fat. And of course, water helps flush out toxins and thus improves the capacity of the body to stay healthy. Certain foods are rich in their water content and thus help in the process of fat reduction. Regardless, keep cold water in your thermogenic food plan and rely on water’s other advantages: It keeps you hydrated, which assists with energy, absorption, being anabolic and is required to burn fat.  Staying hydrated can also help you keep your overall calories lower.

A Simple 3-Step Formula To Put Together A Fat-Burning Meal:

STEP 1: Select a green vegetable or fibrous vegetable such as asparagus, green beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, salad vegetables, etc., and then

STEP 2: Combine that with one of the lean proteins (previously mentioned above).

STEP 3: The lean protein and fibrous carb forms the foundation of your fat burning meal. From there, add natural starchy carbs or grains such as brown rice, oats, or sweet potatoes – in the amount your calorie needs dictate and to the degree your body can tolerate them (some people have a carb-intolerant body type). Fruit is also ok, but focus even more on the green and fibrous vegetables.

I hope that you enjoyed this research I did. It’s a great and healthy way to eat everyday regardless! Remember I’m not a doctor or dietician, just a girl that is interested in how to get the Maximum benefits out of food and have a healthy physique.


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59 thoughts on “Foods that Burn Body Fat

  1. Thanks for the information. I’ve been trying to achieve such balance in my meals but I like how you’ve made the 3-step guide.

    Do you have any oatmeal recipes? It really is an acquired taste for me. 😦

    • Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes


      2-1/4 cups water
      dash salt
      1 cup regular rolled oats
      1/2 tsp cinnamon
      1/4 cup dried cranberries
      1/4 cup chopped walnuts
      1 TBS flaxseeds
      1 TBS blackstrap molasses or honey
      1 cup milk or dairy-free milk alternative

      Combine the water and salt in a small saucepan and turn the heat to high.
      When the water boils, turn the heat to low, add oatmeal, and cook, stirring, until the water is just absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add cinnamon, cranberries, walnuts, and flaxseeds. Stir, cover the pan, and turn off heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Serve with milk and molasses.

    • Yes, Correct….that is in my “10 ways to speed up the Metabolism” post. They are delicious, I don’t think I go a day without putting cayenne on my food.

  2. Great post! Thanks for breaking it down like that. My pet peeve is when people say things like “good thing I skipped breakfast/lunch” as they chow down on cake.

    • Yes, I would agree with that. You shouldn’t feel that just because you skipped lunch you can afford a cake. But at the same time if you know that you are going to have an indulgence you should moderate the other meals accordingly. Thanks for stopping by Mythineats

  3. Yes! There are so many tasty things that are *good* for us it’s great to focus on what we *can* enjoy in abundance and let go of the stuff we should avoid for any reasons of allergy, expense, or whatever because we don’t miss it so much!

    • So True. When you think about what you can’t have you want it more. And that is in every aspect of our lives. Easier sometimes said than done but if we put our minds to it we can do anything.

    • Yes, it is wonderful to know that there are things we do everyday that can help our health and figure. Thanks for stopping by mythineats

    • Sure thing, If I find something helpful I like to share it with everyone, and that’s why I created this blog. It’s alot of things that I just find work for me and can probably help out others. Ciao

    • Your definitely welcome. You are right we control our body, not the other way around. Thanks for stopping by mythineats.

  4. I really like this. I especially love how you gave a whole meal layout. I always like being told how to implement it for myself!

  5. I have also heard that coconut oil burns fat. Have you heard of it? Used it? I found some at Trader Joe’s and have no idea what I should do with it (or if it even burns fat).

    • I have heard the same thing about coconut oil and I have done my research. The only reason I have not posted about it is because I have not personally tried it so I can’t recommend it to be used for that purpose. Now, what I can recommend is that you can use it as a substitution for cooking oil or when you bake, I hear it works fantastic and there are a ton of recipes out there with the use of cooking oil. Apparently coconut oil is one of the best to use for cooking. I hope that I have been helpful.
      Thanks for stopping by mythineats.

  6. Love this post. I totally agree with the theory of not starving yourself but knowing what the right thing is to eat to help you maintain a thin or slender size. People think, they need some crazy diet to stay thin but in reality you can eat a lot and never go hungry as long as you eat well and know what to put in your body.

    • Thank you! We are what we eat, and of course if we choose unhealthy foods we are not going to resemble a healthy body. And I think that that is such an important part of our everyday life, the consumption of food is important but knowing how and when to consume it is much better.
      Thanks for stopping by mythineats

    • I’m glad that it was helpful, that is the main goal for my blog to help and inspire people to live and eat in a healthy and reasonable manner. Thanks for stopping by Mythineats and happy shopping

  7. Hi-I loved this whole post but especially the mention of eggs. They are so versatile and hard-boiled make an amazing snack-for me or my 3 year old. Soft boiled is my fave though. I guess the Supernaturals Brownies don’t make the cut? Thanks for checking out my blog! Look forward to more from you.

    • Thanks, I am always happy when people find helpful things in my blog. Thanks for stopping by Mythineats

    • I don’t mind at all Tim. Thanks so much for the support and for following mythineats. I love your blog also it’s very easy to follow and helpful.

  8. Thank you for this post. I have been working on this since the first of November and have lost 38 lbs. so far, but this helps simplify what I am doing. I hope you will check out my new blog and let me know what you think!

    • Wow, that’s fantastic 38lbs. Keep up the good work. Your blog looks wonderful and I love your passion for photography and plants. My husband is a photographer and loves plants as well, seems like you two have something in common. Thanks for your support and for stopping by Mythineats.

  9. Great post! I am glad someone is spreading the word. There are far too many misconceptions about food. I follow the kind of menu suggested above and it works wonders…no need to starve yourselves!

    • Thanks. I am glad to see all of your responses I think that it’s important to help educate with what works for you. Thanks for stopping by Mythineats

  10. This is perfect. One thing i always try to let my patients know is that trying to lose weight by reducing food intake due to calories does not work well. This is one of the major reasons for Yoyo diet syndrome.

    • Agreed!!! I do like to occasionally cleanse, I feel really energized when I do it, but 90% of the time I just eat healthily. Thanks for stopping by Mythineats

  11. I agree with all of your “answers” in this post. I would also suggest including extra-virgin coconut oil as a healthy fat. It actually increases body temperature and the keep you feeling full and nourished. Be sure to stay away from hydrogenated coconut oil – it was the one used in the studies that linked coconut oil with heart disease – now we know it’s really the trans-fat in the hydrogenated oil that is linked with heart disease.

  12. Thanks for your visit–I’m new to the blog world and continue to be amazed and inspired by the amount of info we can share and access together! I look forward to reading more of your posts for creative ideas I can suggest to my friends and family who love food and are trying to lose weight and stave off heart disease.
    Regards, Ashlee

    • Well, thank you I appreciate your support.
      Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by mythineats

    • Yes you are so right. We can always experiment different healthy food combinations and see what works best for our bodies.
      Thanks for stopping by mythineats

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