Variety of vegetables

Variety of vegetables

No single food automatically targets the areas of your body that you aren’t happy with, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any fat-burning foods out there. Weight loss only happens when you burn more calories than you ingest, leading your body to break down lipid stores for energy. 

Whether it’s accelerating your metabolism to burn fat, or helping you feel fuller longer, here are the fat-burning foods that you need to incorporate into your diet.

Red Pepper

Red pepper on a tableRed pepper on a table

Daily consumption of capsaicin, one of the compounds found in pepper, accelerates abdominal fat loss by boosting the body’s ability to convert food. It’s also a natural appetite suppressant. 

Salmon

Salmon fish with salad and fork
Salmon fish with salad and fork

Fish, especially salmon, is a source of lean protein. It’s a rich source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which fuel fat burning, block fat storage, and aid weight loss. 

Sweet Potatoes

Fried potatoes on a plate
Fried potatoes on a plate

Sweet potatoes provide slow carbs that are digested slowly, keeping you feeling fuller and energized for longer. They are great fat-burning foods since they also include carotenoids and antioxidants, which stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance, helping you efficiently convert calories into energy. 

White Tea

Cup of white tea
Cup of white tea

This tea works in distinct ways to help strip away fat from your body. White tea reduces the formation of fat cells and boosts the breakdown of fat.

Berries

Berries on a plate
Berries on a plate

These are packed with polyphenol antioxidants that will help in your roster of fat-burning foods and prevent fat from forming. They help blood flow to your muscles and are an excellent way to curb cravings for sweets.

Eggs

Plenty of eggs in a tray
Plenty of eggs in a tray

Eggs are a source of choline. This is a major fat-burning nutrient that helps turn off the genes responsible for belly fat. Eggs contain lean protein, which can set the fat-burning pace for your entire day when eaten for breakfast. 

Black Beans

Black beans
Black beans

Beans are a source of soluble fiber and resistant starch. These fat-burning foods trigger the production of the chemical butyrate, which encourages the body to burn fat as fuel and reduces fat-causing inflammation. 

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes
Sun-dried tomatoes

Tomatoes are full of beta-carotene and lycopene, two potent antioxidants that mop up harmful compounds that promote fat storage. Also, cooked tomatoes contain more bioavailable lycopene than raw tomatoes.

Quinoa

Quinoa
Quinoa

This is a complete protein, meaning that it contains the entire chain of amino acids necessary for muscle building and fat loss. It also has the highest level of betaine, which is linked to inhibition of fat production and accelerated metabolism. Sounds like a great addition to the list of fat-burning foods!

Coconut Oil

Coconut with oil
Coconut with oil

This oil reduces abdominal obesity. Coconut oil’s medium-chain triglyceride burns fat as energy. 

Almonds

Almonds on a plate
Almonds on a plate

These nuts pack a fat-burning severe punch. Eating almonds daily can reduce belly and leg fat. The amino acid L-arginine helps you burn more fat while exercising.

Grass-Fed Steak

Red meat in a pan
Red meat in a pan

Red meats are the best sources of rich amino acids that build lean muscle mass and are awesome fat-burning foods. Grass-fed steak has the added benefits of omega-3s and conjugated linoleic acids. These acids help to decrease the inflammation in your body.

Oysters

Oysters with lemon
Oysters with lemon

These mollusks are a source of zinc which works with the hormone leptin to regulate appetite. A half-dozen oysters have the calories that provide your recommended dietary allowance of iron deficiencies linked to increased fat genes.