Foods That Eat Fat

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Know which foods will help you burn fat.
Know which foods will help you burn fat. (Image: healthy food image by katja kodba from Fotolia.com)

Believe it or not, the worst thing you can do when trying to burn fat is to not eat. By starving yourself you drastically slow down your metabolism to conserve fuel, and what little food you do consume, your body will try to store as fat to combat the starvation. It’s much better to have a healthy. balanced diet and exercise regularly. Know what foods to eat--some will even assist you in burning away that unwanted fat.

Foods Rich in Vitamin C

Fruits rich in vitamin C actively help the body process fats more quickly. This vitamin stimulates the production of the amino acid, carnitine, which dilutes the fats and helps excrete them from the body.

Fruits rich in vitamin C include limes, lemons, oranges, guava, grapefruit, papaya, tangerines and tomatoes.

Apples

Apples contain a large amount of pectin, which restricts the cells' ability to absorb fat.

Oily Fish

Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish are great for assisting your body in processing fats. Examples of oily fish are salmon, tuna, mackerel and trout.

High-Quality Proteins

These are found in egg whites, lean red meat, chicken/turkey breasts, fish, low-fat diary products and kidney beans. Consuming proteins not only increases the body’s metabolism, but it also burns more calories through the digestive process.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are another good source of essential fatty acids. They are high in fiber and keep you feeling full--a great food to snack on.

Chillies

Chillies and other hot peppers contain capsaicin. This increases the body’s metabolism, and is effective for up to 20 minutes after eating.

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