Living a healthy lifestyle full of running, walking, swimming, biking, dancing and playing is something worth working for. However, getting to the point where your body is able to be regularly active requires getting to a healthy body weight. And to do that, it is necessary to shed some pounds which includes burning fat.
But it isn’t as simple as just exercising to shed the extra weight. Diet has a lot to do with it. In fact, according to an article published in the Huffington Post, weight loss accounts for 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise, concluding that people see the biggest short-term results when focusing on a healthy diet.
Here are six of the best fat burning foods that will help you live that healthy lifestyle you’ve longed for.
Let’s start with the basic of basics: water. Without water, you would cease to be. Not only more than half of your body made up of this vital substance, but it is responsible for regulating your body temperature, transporting carbs and proteins to be metabolized, helps flush waste out, form saliva and lubricates your joints.
Water helps you keeps you alive, and thus keeps you alive to keep working toward your health-filled goals.
Having a healthy breakfast is also critical, so why not start with something that is rich in fiber and complex carbs? Fiber, as we know, is difficult for the body to break down, using more energy (calories).
Fiber also absorbs water. Those oats act just like a sponge, soaking up all that fluid for a smooth and regular flow of waste, helping you rid your body of things it doesn’t need.
Edamame is that silky, smooth, not quite ripe soybean that you can pop open and enjoy its goodness unil full. Add it to a salad, blend it in a smoothie. Delicious!
And just think. You can enjoy this natural goodness all while contributing to your fat burning efforts. Edamame is an excellent source of fiber with 10 grams alone contained in just one cup of boiled beans. Plus, there’s potassium, iron, protein, magnesium, calcium, vitamins C and B which are all key ingredients to a more healthy you.
Now, we’re not talking about pumpkin pie, or a pumpkin flavored milkshake. These are sure to negate any fat burning efforts. What we’re talking about real pumpkin.
In a one-cup serving alone, you get 394 mg of potassium, .6 g dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C and 194% of your DV of vitamin A. To top it off, pumpkin is low in calories and fat with just 30 total calories and ,1g of fat. You will pack on the nutrients without all the fat and calories.
And before you think that you will have to eat plain pumpkin diced up, think again. You can easily cook it down into a sauce or blend in a smoothie. To add to this vegetable’s awesomeness, you can also totally eat the seeds for a whole other set of fat burning benefits.
Rounding out the top five is that delicious, sweet summertime treat: watermelon. Oh, there’s nothing quite like biting into a slice after a workout and letting all that sweet juice drip in your mouth and all over your face. It’s almost too good to be true that this amazing melon can actually help you burn fat.
But, it’s true.
Watermelon is full of that all-important fat-burning component: water. In one slice alone, there is 92 percent water and 6 percent sugar. This will make you feel fuller faster without all the calories, because even with sugar, one (1 cup) serving of this sweet snack only has 47 calories. Additionally, you will be getting 172 mg of potassium, .6 g dietary fiber, .9 g protein, iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamins A, C and B6.
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