Top 5 Foods That Burn Fat

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The key to weight loss is a healthy diet and exercise, no matter what some people may try to tell you. But certain foods may give you an extra boost when it comes to burning fat. These foods speed your metabolism and help you feel full longer. So while you plan your healthy diet, add these five foods that burn fat, and you may see faster weight loss.

5 Hot Peppers

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Pass the hot sauce! Hot peppers turn up your furnace, helping you burn more calories. You can use cayenne, jalapenos, or habaneros if you can handle them. As long as they contain capsaicin, they will get the job done. Can’t take the heat? Then  try capsaicin in capsule form to help kick your metabolism into high gear.

4 Whole Grains

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Whole grains, and whole foods in general, will help you burn more fat than refined, processed grains. Not only do whole grains provide more nutrients than processed foods, but they take longer for your body to process. So you feel full longer, and your body actually uses more energy to digest whole grains than refined ones.

3 Low-Fat Dairy Products

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The key words here being “low fat.” Chowing down on a half gallon of rocky road ice cream will not help you lose weight. Sorry. But diets that include three servings a day of low-fat dairy products speed weight loss over diets with little to no dairy products. So drink your milk!

2 Green Tea

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Green tea (in extract form) has been shown to increase the body’s ability to burn fat by as much as 17 percent when it is included in an exercise plan. This is thanks to substances called catechins in the green tea plant. One study found that green tea with 690 mg of catechins, taken for 12 weeks, resulted in reduced body fat. So consider adding a cup or two a day to your healthy diet.

1 Lean Meats

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The high-protein-diet people may be on to something. While you don’t want to fill up on fatty, processed meats, lean meats really can help you lose weight. For one thing, high protein meals make you feel more full. Protein also creates a higher thermic effect than carbs or fats because the body has no way to store protein, and therefore needs to process it right away.

Kathleen Roberts has been a writer and editor since 1996, specializing in health, nutrition, gardening and outdoor living. She received her master gardener training at the University of Florida and has more than 20 years of experience with herbs and supplements.

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