When you think of ‘fat-burning food’ your mind probably diverts to something hot and spicy that can literally melt away fat. This is true for spicy foods but there also exist alternative fat-burning options for people who have a hard time enjoying spicy food. The four foods, below, are palatable foods that you probably already enjoy eating.
Plums are nutritionally-rich fruits that can be consumed fresh or dried. In their dried state, they can help with constipation and osteoporosis among other health conditions. Fresh plums are typically reddish-purple in colour indicating that they are rich in anthocyanins.
Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and also give plums their rich colour. Research suggests that this flavonoid slows down weight gain and reduces body fat.
- Dark chocolate
That’s right, dark chocolate can help you burn fat and it’s a much healthier alternative to other sugar-loaded versions of chocolate. This cocoa-rich chocolate is actually one of the most powerful sources of antioxidants in existence and, to reap its full benefits, try and go for dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70% and above.
A study on a sample instructed to eat 42 grams of dark chocolate (81% cocoa) daily over a few weeks resulted in them experiencing significant weight loss.
Oats are a rich source of fibre, antioxidants as well as key minerals and vitamins. They are additionally whole-grain making them one of the healthiest grains to consume. A study on the Effects of Oats on Obesity, Weight Management, and Satiety found that oats can help regulate body weight by making you feel full for longer.
- Peanut butter
Peanut butter is a popular spread made from roasted peanuts which are ground into a paste. Peanut butter is rich in nutrients, antioxidants and healthy fats. This creamy spread can help control your appetite and suppress your blood sugar, which ultimately helps with weight loss.
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When buying peanut butter, go for natural, organic options to avoid excess sugar, salt and preservatives found in other brands. One study on nut consumption and long-term weight change suggests that incorporating nuts into your diet may help with weight control.?