7 Fat-Burning Foods for Natural Weight Loss | ProHealthSpot.com | @ProHealthSpotAre you stuck on a weight loss merry-go-round? The best way to lose weight and maintain it is to incorporate more fat-burning foods into your diet. Here are seven foods to help you create well-rounded meals, melt more fat, and manage your weight loss naturally.


1. Oatmeal

When you eat oatmeal for breakfast, you can get a head start on burning fat before you even head out the door. The slow digesting carbs found in oatmeal will help you stabilize blood sugar levels and burn more fat throughout the day. Avoid flavored varieties, however, as they’re often laden with sugar. Instead, sweeten your oats with fresh berries.


Recipe: Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal


2. Eggs

Tone up with protein-packed eggs. The more muscle you have, the more fat you’ll burn naturally, even while sitting in traffic jams. Eggs contain roughly 6 grams of muscle-building protein per serving, plus vitamin B12, which helps your body burn fat. They’re a weight loss win-win.


Recipe: Red Pepper Egg-In-A-Hole


3. Hot Peppers

Turn up the heat on your metabolism with hot peppers. The compound capsaicin not only gives chili peppers their kick, but it boosts the rate at which your body melts away fat. If consuming raw peppers isn’t your thing, try them cooked, dried or powdered.


Recipe: Whipped Feta with Sweet and Hot Peppers


4. Whole Grains

Fight belly bulge by eating whole grains in small doses, like quinoa and brown rice. Too much too soon can cause tummy bloat, but consuming smaller amounts helps your body prevent fat from storing in your midsection. Plus, you’ll burn twice as many calories breaking down whole grains than refined grains or processed foods.


Recipe: Quinoa with Mushrooms, Kale, and Sweet Potatoes


5. Green Tea

Kick your fat burning into high gear by drinking four cups of the green stuff daily. It’s a rich source of catechins, such as ECGC, a compound known for temporarily speeding up metabolism. Quality of tea matters, so check the label and choose brands that only use natural ingredients.


Recipe: Green Ginger Mint Tea


6. Plant-Based Oils

Surprise! You need to eat fat to burn fat. Plant-based oils that contain monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) that help control hunger and satisfy cravings. Replace your hydrogenated cooking oils with healthier alternatives, like olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil or sesame oil.


Recipe: Artichokes Braised in Lemon and Olive Oil


7. Fruits and Vegetables

Produce is low in calories and high in nutrients, which means you can gobble up a whole lot of fruits and vegetables without consuming a whole lot of calories. Plus, their fiber content helps you feel fuller longer. Power up your weight loss by adding more apples, berries, lentils and kale to your diet.


Recipe: Wheat Berry, Kale, and Cranberry Salad


Bonus Tip

To maximize your calorie burn at meal time, always include a combination of protein, carbs and healthy fats. Colorful fruits and vegetables are nutritional powerhouses, and opting for in-season produce means you’ll get more nutritional bang for your buck.


Now It’s Your Turn

What fat-burning foods do you include in your daily diet? Share your faves in the comments below.