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The low-fat, high-fiber craze to lose weight is done and over with…or is it? Fat burning foods, what to eat, when to eat, heck, even how to eat pretty much comes down to the “weight-loss trend of the week”. There’s no ‘trend’ to eating healthy fats. Fats do indeed nourish the body with specific fat-soluble nutrients like vitamin D, A, E, F, and K. So, with these nutrients in mind, how exactly are the foods containing them specifically fat-burning foods? We detail 8 fat-burning foods, loaded with nutrients and here’s how they do that, no trend required.
But wait…isn’t this high fiber? Yup, it is. It’s also high in protein and when cooked in beneficial fats like a broth-based liquid, it’s also absorbing those minerals and fats into the bean as it cooks. Thus, you get the fiber, adding fats, and loads of flavor. Fat-burning foods should not lack flavor or appeal, so go ahead, grab some beans, be sure to give them some soaking time in order to neutralize the anti-nutrients (that’s what gives you the bean-gas bloat), and cook in a savory beef or chicken broth.
Who can resist a nut? Organic, soaked and sprouted is best, however, get what’s readily available to you so you aren’t left behind trying to burn those extra calories on a treadmill. Let some healthy almonds do that for you while you’re at rest and sleep. Yup, those little fatty, high-calorie nuts will assist you in burning fat AND sleeping better because of the wonderful sleep mineral – magnesium. When you need a craving-reducing food to binge on (about 22 almonds), grab some almonds. You’ll be happy to know that if you pair it with some dark chocolate (see below), you’re actually doing yourself a sweet favor.
Remember we said, “fat-burning” foods… not diet foods. That’s why the healthy fat found in dark chocolate slow down your body’s absorption rate of sugar. This way you avoid the sugar spikes that may lead to wanting to eat MORE, not less because you are feeling sluggish and want a pick-me-up. So, go ahead and grab the 70% dark chocolate little squares and indulge a wee little bit. Ease your mind too knowing that those antioxidants are working in favor of ‘leanness’ by preventing excess fat cells from accumulating in the body.
Grass-fed Beef & Fat
Ahhhh! Don’t completely trim that meat especially if it’s grass-fed! It’s already naturally leaner than your conventional store-bought cuts that are fed corn and grains. Grass-fed beef also has a higher content level of omega-3’s and CLA. Not only will you be filling up (and satisfied) by eating the entire cut but according to a study published in Nutrition Journal, they’ll tell you that these scrumptious beef options have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. That…is certainly NOT a trend to avoid!
Raw Milk & Avocados
Yup, we went there. All crunchy and straight from the cow-teat itself, raw milk. Despite many “claims” that raw milk is hazardous to your health…it simply has not been proven. Of course, like any food handling situation, raw or not, safety measures should be taken no matter what. There are many sources out there – make the decision for yourself, either way… keep the fat.
Here’s a little tidbit on what’s really going on though:
“According to the most recent review of foodborne disease outbreaks in the U.S. in 2008 by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), seafood, produce and poultry were associated with the most outbreaks. Produce is responsible for the greatest number of illnesses each year (2,062), with nearly twice as many illnesses as poultry (1,112). Dairy products are at the bottom of the list. They cause the fewest outbreaks and illnesses of all the major food categories – beef, eggs, poultry, produce and seafood.”
Vitamins D & A and calcium are abundant in full-fat milk. Strip the fat… you’re stripping your body of these vital nutrients. Not too mention, the feeling of satiety. If you don’t feel full, you’re still eating and grabbing the fat-inducing foods instead.
This little fruit, yes a fruit, not a vegetable, is packing some serious fat-burning goodness. Sure, you’ve seen avocados get on the “good” list of fats, but not only is it good, it’s great and that’s why we’re pairing it with raw milk. These two power-houses of fat-burning deliciousness can make up half of your meal alone. Along with the satisfied feeling of not wanting to snack on everything in sight, you’ll feel more focused and trotting along in your day with stable energy levels. The more you feel energized, the more you are moving. Moving and engaged muscles equal boosted energy, a working metabolism, and a focused mind with all those brain-fat-nutrients it’s absorbing. Just think, an avocado a day may just keep Alzheimer’s away.
Full fat Dairy/yogurt
Dairy is healthy for you, but…if you have digestive issues, this may be the last food you want despite its fat-burning capabilities. If cheeses aren’t agreeing with you right now, try small amounts of full-fat yogurt (plain is best) and give your body the digestive aids contained therein to help you out. The less sugar your body has to process with plain yogurt, the easier it is on your belly (and waistline).
There is a gut-brain connection, so the healthy fats and biotics in your gut tell your brain what fat-burning hormones to keep working!
A quick shout-out to raw yogurts to help enhance your gut-happy intestines too. Again, you’re going for satiety and the beneficial nutrients contained within.
High Protein Breakfast (Eggs for Example)
Mmmmm, eggs! Back in the day when great-grandma and grandpa were cooking up eggs and bacon, still sharp as a tack and caring for themselves well into their 90’s… Maybe it wasn’t so bad for you. It’s really not. Consuming proteins like eggs in the morning produce a high thermogenic effect. Would it be such a bad thing if your body is burning 30% of the calories you just ate by digesting and breaking that protein down over a period of a few hours? A few hours…meaning, you aren’t feeling snacky-hungry are you? With a protein-rich breakfast, you can look forward to building muscle while burning fat and snack less. Um, yes, please!
These 8 fat-burning foods may have had a bad rap in the past, but seriously… are they “fattening” or simply fat-solubly skinny-ing? Make a few changes and substitutions and decide for yourself. As always, be sure to consult with a trusted professional about your specific dietary needs. Otherwise…slim down on some fat!
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