fat burning food!

Fresh vegetables are important components of a...

Fresh vegetables are important components of a healthy diet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Food that will help you lose weight is a diet consisting of nutrient-dense, natural foods and putting together your meals to maximize feeling satisfied and full, while also choosing some of the foods that have a lower caloric density and a higher thermic effect of digestion. Here’s how it works:

Dietary Thermogenesis and the Thermic Effect Of Food

In reality, ALL foods are “thermogenic” because the body must use energy to digest them. This is known as the “thermic effect of food”

(However, not all foods have the same thermic effect. Dietary fat has the lowest thermic effect. The most thermogenic food  is lean protein from solid foods, especially the following:

  • chicken breast
  • turkey breast
  • game meats (venison, elk, etc)
  • bison, buffalo
  • very lean red meat such as top round and lean sirloin (grass fed is especially nutritious)
  • almost all types of fish
  • shellfish and other seafood
  • egg whites (whole eggs in moderation)

Research has proven that the thermic effect of protein is the highest of all the macronutrients, requiring about 30% of the calories it contains, just for digestion and processing. An added bonus is that lean protein foods suppress your appetite!

This is one of the reasons that a fat loss diet calls for a lean protein food at every meal. It’s also no coincidence that bodybuilders are the leanest muscular athletes on earth. So, your diet should be based on fat burning and muscle friendly foods! When you combine thermogenic lean protein foods with the right amounts and types of essential fats, add in plenty of green vegetables and just the right amount of natural complex carbs, your body will literally turn into a turbo-charged fat burning machine – without drugs, supplements or weird diet gimmicks. A Simple 3-Step Formula To Put Together A Fat-Burning Meal:

STEP 1: Select a green vegetable or fibrous vegetable such as asparagus, green beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, salad vegetables, etc., and then

STEP 2: Combine that with one of the lean proteins (previously mentioned above).

STEP 3: The lean protein and fibrous carb forms the foundation of your fat burning meal. From there, add natural starchy carbs or grains such as brown rice, oats, or sweet potatoes.  Fruit is also great,  but focus even more on the green and fibrous vegetables!

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