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Healthy Fat-Burning Foods

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12.05.14
 

When we say "fat-burning foods," we don't mean edible items that will actually incinerate bags of potato chips or set fire to containers filled with French fries. But these foods can help your body to more efficiently burn calories from fat. Read up on four fantastic groups of power foods, and some delicious ways to up your intake...

 
  All About That Bean!

Beans have the double whammy of protein plus fiber. Consuming protein is a great way to help your body burn fat -- it gives your metabolism a boost and keeps you feeling full and energized. And dietary fiber, among other things, can help regulate your appetite. Top beans for fat burning? Soybeans, pinto beans, chickpeas, navy beans, black beans, white beans, kidney beans, and lima beans.

On the HG Menu:

Fat-Burning Foods: Beans Fat-Burning Foods: Beans Fat-Burning Foods: Beans Fat-Burning Foods: Beans
Buffalo Chicken Crispy Roasted Artichoke Hummus Slow-Cooker Baked
 
 
Dairy Necessary!

When it comes to reduced-fat and fat-free dairy products, protein and calcium are the power duo in the equation. These two nutrients help keep your body's muscle mass intact while promoting weight loss. Studies have shown that people on lower-calorie diets that included dairy lost more weight than people who ate the same amount of calories without dairy. Plus, research suggests the probiotics found in some light dairy can help your body fight fat. Wowsers!

On the HG Menu:

Fat-Burning Foods: Light/Fat-Free Dairy Fat-Burning Foods: Light/Fat-Free Dairy Fat-Burning Foods: Light/Fat-Free Dairy Fat-Burning Foods: Light/Fat-Free Dairy
Neapolitan Waffles No-Noodle Cheese Creamy Fruit Chicken Mac 'n
 
 
Fishy... In a Good Way!

As you may know, tuna and salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids. Well, in addition to being good for your heart, hair, and nails, those omegas can help stimulate leptin in your body. And leptin, a protein hormone, is linked to a regulated appetite and metabolism. There's a whole, long, scientific chain of reasons for this, but we're just going to accept that it's good and not worry about why. Yay, omega-3s!

On the HG Menu:

Fat-Burning Foods: Fish Fat-Burning Foods: Fish Fat-Burning Foods: Fish Fat-Burning Foods: Fish
Spicy BBQ Tuna Lettuce Sesame Ginger Tuna Avocado
 
 
Get On The Grain Train!

Munching on whole grains adds fiber and complex carbohydrates (much better than refined white carbs) to your diet. When the carbs are complex, they break down more slowly, so you don't crash. This also keeps your insulin levels steady -- a good thing, since insulin spikes tell your body to hold on to fat.

On the HG Menu:

Fat-Burning Foods: Whole Grains Fat-Burning Foods: Whole Grains Fat-Burning Foods: Whole Grains Fat-Burning Foods: Whole Grains
Quinoa-Stuffed Apple Growing Margarita Chicken Carnival-Inspired
 

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