Fat Burning Foods

Fat Burning Foods

For individuals, institutions and athletes, the topic of weight loss, specifically body fat loss, is one that is usually up for debate or close examination most of the time. Although, some sports indicate aesthetic requirements and body weight categories that are required during contests, reducing body fat, in general, has lots of benefits for athletes, including: the ratio of body to weight, endurance, speed, agility, etc. To shed more lights on the topic, it is also important to note that moderate amounts of body fat are needed by athletes during training or competition, for recovery, fueling, and endurance, especially for runners. There are rations of ‘proper fat’ that athletes need to incorporate into their meals, in order to achieve the right balance of nutrients needed for optimum performance. Nevertheless, in cases where an athlete gains more weight than is required, there are certain foods that, when taken consistently, over time, get rid of the excess fat in the athlete’s body. There is a vast amount of artificial means of losing weight in the market today, but this article highlights the natural ways to reduce weight and burn fat.

Below is a compilation of some foods that are effective for burning fat and weight loss.

Fat burning foods:

Watermelon: Due to the fact that watermelon contains about 92 percent water, that alone is proof that its intake can be very beneficial in the bid to reducing the quantity of fat in the body. Studies have shown how effective water can be for burning off fat from food and drink, so making the consumption of watermelons a part of your daily eating routine would be considered ideal if you are looking to reduce the amount of fat in your body. By snacking on watermelons, or having it for dessert, there is a significant decrease in the amount of calorie consumed, for example, having a glass of blended watermelon that weighs the same amount as a cup of ice cream saves you a significant amount of calories, thereby reducing the quantity of fat-related foods to be allowed into the body. It has been observed that the craving for junk food is strongest when one is hungry, so people looking to reduce fat intake are usually advised to try to avoid getting hungry before getting food. On that note, watermelon -which contains fiber, in addition to water- has a filling property that leaves the consumer full for long.

Berries: Foods that are rich in fiber are known to boost metabolism, and berries are no exception. Simply put, if you want to train extensively and at high volumes regularly, berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries) should be consumed frequently, due to the high amounts of antioxidants they are packed with. Berries contain more vitamin C than most other foods you can think of; A handful a day provides more than enough vitamin C we need in a day.

Water: Taking plenty of water regularly obviously has lots of benefits, which include fat burning. During exercise, water aids the movement of connective tissues, joints, and muscles. It also helps the organs in the body to work properly during workouts. Drinking water promotes metabolism,
thereby increasing body temperature, which is why you notice that when you take some water when the temperature is high or during hot weather, you begin to sweat. Also, by drinking water, which has no calories, the overall calorie intake by an individual is greatly reduced, as opposed to
taking other calorie-containing drinks. Drink water even when you don’t feel thirsty because naturally, our body is made up of seventy percent  (70%) of water.

Hot peppers: These are also very effective when it comes to fat burning. Due to its spicy nature, it increases the body’s temperature when eaten, which explains while one might sweat a little when eating hot peppers. Adding it to meals would be a good way to begin the weight loss journey. This can be taken by anyone aiming to lose weight and simultaneously add a little spice to their meals, and for athletes, preferably after training.

Green Tea: Tea leaves can be beneficial in many ways, due to the various compounds it contains. One of its contents is caffeine, which is a stimulant and improves exercise performance. Green tea is also rich in potent antioxidants which boost metabolism. This is a summary of how green tea works in the body: Green tea has a main antioxidant that helps in the promotion of fat breakdown in the fat cell, to be moved into the bloodstream, in order for fat to burn. The effects of green tea extracts, with regards to this process, is even stronger during and after exercise.

Coffee: Consuming black coffee a minimum of 30 minutes before workout provides more energy to sweat more and supports faster fat loss process. Also, having a cup of coffee before meals fills you up quicker and makes you consume lesser quantity of food, which ultimately reduces the amount of calories taken. This is because, after multiple studies, caffeine has been proven to suppress appetite and cravings, thereby creating no room for mindless junking. We have different flavors of coffee in the market for weight loss, but black coffee is most preferable for weight loss.

Oatmeal: Oats contain soluble fiber which keeps you full for longer, thereby reducing the need to consume any extra calories. To get the full benefits from taking oatmeal, it is important for one to avoid sugary toppings, which only reduce the natural benefits of oats and increase the calorie content of your ration.

Eggs: Studies show that foods that are high in protein reduce appetite, increase fullness for long, and reduce unnecessary cravings. Eggs are incredibly high in protein, which makes them a very good option when there is a need to reduce the desire to eat, or to control late-night snacking.

In conclusion, it is very important for people, in general, to watch what they eat, especially in regards to weight gain and weight loss, and for athletes specifically, let’s just say it’s up there in the rule book. To highlight the importance of athletes’ diets, professional athletes hire dieticians to determine what they eat and when, while they focus on training and other tasks to be done to improve athletic performance.

Don’t forget to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. It could be walking, running, cycling, swimming, boxing or any other physical activity you can think of.

By Prince Allotey Addo

Source: www.athleticshour.com

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  1. Ibrahim, I’m proud of you. I pray you reach where ever you want to 🙏🏽🤲🏽📿 I hope to see you…

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