Fat burning foods and supplements help you lose fat or keep it from storing in your body. While exercise is essential for health and feeling your best, making a few small changes to add fat burners to your diet can boost your efforts, especially if you have a slower metabolism. By fat burners, I don’t mean those “fast weight loss pills” or “miracle supplements” that promise to have you down to a size 2 within a matter of weeks. Those are unhealthy and do not work.
The fat burners I refer to are the many foods and natural supplements that possess natural thermogenic (fat burning) properties. Here are just a few to try in your daily routine.
Fat Burning Foods
A staple part of many a vegetarians’ diet, these humble little pulses, provide you with a whopping 35% of your daily iron requirements, in one single serving. Studies show that around 20% of us are suffering from an iron-deficiency of some sort, making lentils especially useful and beneficial for somebody looking to lose weight and stay fit. When your body lacks a nutrient or a mineral, metabolism slows down because it isn’t getting exactly what it needs. Kind of like a car engine, yes the car might have a full tank of gas, but if there isn’t enough oil, the engine won’t work as effectively. Your metabolism is what burns calories even while you are sleeping, so you need it in top condition.
Great tasting in both sweet and savory dishes, cinnamon is a spice that can also give a boost to your weight loss and fitness efforts. It can help to regulate blood sugar levels and will actually speed up the metabolism of glucose in the body. High sugar (glucose) levels, can lead to the storage of fat in the body, so as cinnamon helps keep these sugar levels low and under control, your body is less likely to store excess fat. It also helps speed up the metabolism, meaning you’re burning more calories for longer periods of time.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Wait! Isn’t coconut oil bad for you? Well, that is the hydrogenated version processed to remove all taste and smell of coconut. But virgin coconut oil is extracted by more natural methods such as grating or pressing. Be sure the label says “virgin”. Medium-chain fatty acids like virgin coconut oil do not circulate freely in the blood or get stored away to add to body weight. Instead, they are sent to the liver, where they are immediately converted to energy, just like carbohydrates.
Chili or Cayenne Peppers
Hot chilies contain capsaicin, which is what gives them that hot and spicy taste. It also heats up the temperature of your body, meaning that your metabolism is running at a higher capacity, thus burning more calories. As the temperature of the body increases, in order to keep the temperature at this new higher level, the body must work harder, and thus use more energy. How does it get this energy? From burning calories, so more calories burned means less fat being stored in your body.
Fat Burning Supplements
This amino acid transfers long-chain fatty acids, such as triglycerides into mitochondria. And from there the transformed fats can produce energy. So your body can burn off fat faster rather than storing it, raising your metabolism in the process. Many find that L-Carnitine reduces fatigue (which for some triggers unhealthy eating) and suppresses appetite. It is a win-win-win preventing fat from storing, providing energy, preparing your body to burn more calories over time.
Shilajit is a natural herba-mineral supplement, which contains over 85 different vitamins and minerals as well as fulvic acid and essential phytonutrients. Because of all of the minerals it contains, it is especially useful for the reproductive and urinary systems. It is believed that it helps to break down fatty tissue in the body. Ayurveda practitioners describe it as having a scraping effect on fatty tissue, meaning that the minerals and antioxidants scrape away fatty residue, dissolving the fat, and aiding in weight loss and other weight-related illnesses.
Biotin is essential for your metabolic process. It processes carbohydrates, protein and fats helping your body to process your food intake quickly. So biotin is not really a fat burner, but it seems to have that property because it has amazing effects on metabolic levels, especially if yours is sluggish. Biotin’s role in breaking down carbohydrates also helps keep your blood sugar at healthy levels. Healthy blood sugar can make you feel more energized and ready to get moving, which burns fat and keeps fat-storing processes at bay.
These are just a few of the fat-burning foods and supplements that you can use in your daily routine to help you get fit or stay there. Keep your exercise routine, just bump up the effectiveness with these and other small changes to your diet. These natural ways to boost metabolism and burn fat will provide many benefits beyond losing weight or sculpting your body. You are likely to find extra energy and a greater sense of well-being.
About the Author: Johann Helf, founder of Lotus Blooming Herbs, is interested in fitness and Ayurveda. He regularly travels to India to source Himalayan shilajit.