Three Fat Burning Foods.
January 6, 2014 Admin 0
So I got your attention with the title there…well here is the rub, there aren’t really any foods you can simply stuff down your cake hole that are going to miraculously strip stubborn body fat off. However there are several foods that offer mild thermogenic (in this case increasing body temperature to aid fat burning) properties that you can incorporate into your diet without too much effort. So without any more delay, let us examine these three fat burning foods in some detail.
Chilli peppers contain an active compound known as Capsaicin. Capsaicin is what causes the burning sensation when you eat foods containing chilli peppers or the chilli by itself (which is unlikely unless you find yourself in a chilli eating contest). On ingestion, capsaicin increases the body temperature slightly.
An added bonus besides its mild thermogenic effects are its role as an appetite suppressant. One study, published in 2009 in the European Journal of Nutrition found that capsaicin has an effect on lowering ghrelin levels. Ghrelin is a peptide involved in hunger stimulation. Now may be the time to add more chilli peppers to your cooking to appreciate the potential benefits.
Not stricly a food, but certainly a foodstuff, tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world today. When tea first came to England in the 16th century it was often consumed in complicated tea rituals and drank only by the upper classes and aristrocracy. It was even kept in caddies with locks on them to avoid pilfering servants from helping themselves to the supply.
Although when most people consume tea it is black tea, it is green tea that is of special interest to us here. Green tea contains something known as epigallo-catechin gallate or EGCG for short. EGCG offers small but somewhat significant increases in metabolic rate. Another stimulant in green tea are its methylxanthines. There is a reasonable amount of caffeine, usually around 25-35mg per cup, a small amount of theophylline and a tiny amount of theobromine. However these would also have a small effect on your metabolism, particularly if you consume green tea throughout the day.
Coconut oil is a little more tricky to recommend as a thermogenic food as the quality and consitency varies greatly between sources and brands. If you can find a good source of virgin coconut oil then you stand to benefit from its high saturated fat content, which just happens to be predominantly made up of medium chain tryglicerides. As opposed to regular saturated fats, MCT’s are more easily digested in comparison. They also induce increased energy expenditure whilst simultaneously reducing the potential for fat storage. The effect they can have on overall body composition can be beneficial if used properly.
Coconut Oil and its high MCT content should be viewed as an efficient calorie source when compared to other oils and fats. Several other benefits exist, improved thyroid function (also essential in metabolism), increases in immune system efficiency, stabilisation of insulin levels and an excellent source of easy digested calories.
Just like using a fat burning supplement or a regular food supplement, these foods are best used when your diet is already optimised for weight control and general health. They may not dramatically induce fat burning, but they will add an edge to an already optimised diet, without any detrimental effects to your health. They all also offer additional benefits besides a potential fat burning effect such as a small boost to your immune system. Quite often you may substitute any oils you may be already using with a virgin coconut oil and quality extra virgin olive oil. Substitute some of the black tea or coffee you drink for green tea and add more chilli peppers to the food you cook at home.