Here are my top 10 recommended fat busting foods that will help your body combat stubborn body fat. All of these work with your body and not against it. You will notice there are no processed foods and definitely NO sugar! To lose weight effectively and to target fat loss, you certainly need to avoid sugar. Sugar comes in all forms and is usually hidden in foods like baked beans, breakfast cereals and tinned soups.
Your health and lifespan will be determined by the proportion of fat versus sugar you burn over a lifetime. The more sugar you are forced to burn, the more diseased you will become. The more fat you burn, the healthier, younger and longer your life will likely be.
- Avocados: These are loaded with two nutrients that are key to targeting visceral fat: fibre (11 to 17 grams per avocado) and monounsaturated fats, which studies have shown to actually ‘spot reduce’ visceral fat.
- Almond Butter: This also includes seeds (such as flaxseed, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame) and nuts especially pistachios, and walnuts. Why? They keep you full and satisfied for long periods of time, and they’re stuffed with healthy fats and minerals.
- Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants (nearly eight times the number found in strawberries) and it contains stimulants that can have a positive effect on fat burning, including theobromine and caffeine. It also contains oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fat. Make sure to choose 70% or higher cocoa levels for best results (the higher the % the better).
- Green Tea: Not only does it contain a potent antioxidant, many scientific studies have linked green tea to increased fat burning, including a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that found green tea extract boosted the daytime metabolism of test subjects by 35-43%.
- Cinnamon: Researchers have found that cinnamon contains a type of antioxidant that increases insulin sensitivity and effectively helps to stabilise blood sugar, meaning better fat burning results.
- Greek Yogurt: Most regular yogurt is loaded with sugar (real or artificial) so will help to store body fat. However, Greek yogurts are loaded with probiotics that fight visceral fat. Add some nuts and berries for an ideal snack. Also, try Goats’ yogurt if you want an alternative to Greek yogurt. Goats’ yogurt is easier to digest because of smaller protein molecules.
- Lean Cuts of Meat and Fish: Any lean protein source is good to aid fat loss. This includes wild salmon and trout, free-range chicken or turkey, whey protein powders, and most especially grass-fed beef because it contains natural CLA—a fat that studies have actually shown to burn fat. The interesting thing about protein is your body will burn off as much as 30% of its calories to digest and process it.
- Cruciferous Vegetables: Contain phytonutrients such as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) that help fight against estrogenic compounds and therefore visceral fat. Examples are broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, kale and cauliflower.
- Coconut Milk/Oil: Both contain lauric acid, which can help lower cholesterol [American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: although it raises LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol, it raises HDL (‘good’) cholesterol even more]. Benefits include possible antiviral and anti-carcinogenic properties. They contain MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides) which are easily burned as fuel by the body. Buy coconut milk in cartons rather than tins. Use coconut oil for cooking.
- Olive Oil: One of the healthiest oils to cook with (low acidity). It is good for the skin, lowers LDL cholesterol, increases HDL cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, is high in antioxidants and therefore may decrease the chance of obtaining heart disease. It contains oleic acid, which can fight the toxins in your body.