When you are attempting burn more fat to help in your muscle building efforts, it is helpful to know about some of the foods that are known to burn fat.
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So it's true, an apple a day really is good for you. The reason apples and berries are fat burning foods is that they contain pectin.
Pectin rests in the cell walls of most fruits and is plentiful in apples. Pectin combines other cells together and makes the fruit sturdier.
Pectin limits the amount of fat your cells can absorb. When you consume pectin through fruits, it binds with water and bombards fatty cells causing them to release fat deposits. Applesauce is a great source of pectin.
For years, people have been shying away from all dairy products because of the thought that dairy products would make you fat. We're now learning through research that stocking your refrigerator with milk, cheese and yogurt may make it easier for you to lose weight.
Lead researcher on a weight loss and dairy study, Dr. Zemel from the University of Tennessee commented that a dairy rich diet versus a dairy poor diet can nearly double the rate of weight and fat loss with the same level of calorie restriction1.
In addition, three to four servings of dairy products a day is more effective at enhancing weight loss efforts than calcium supplementation through pills or calcium fortified foods.
The study examined 32 obese adults, grouped and placed on three different calorie restricted diets. Each participant reduced their daily calorie intake by about 500 calories per day for 24 weeks. There was a high dairy group with 1,200 to 1,300mg per day from three to four dairy servings.
The high calcium supplemented / low dairy group had total calcium intake of 1,200 to 1,300 mgs per day made up of no more than one serving of dairy plus an 800mg calcium supplement.
The third group was the low calcium/low-fat dairy group that consumed only 400-500 mgs per day with no more than one serving of dairy and a placebo supplement.
All groups in the study lost weight, but those in the dairy rich diet group lost the most with an average of 24 pounds versus 19 pounds in the calcium supplement group and 15 pounds in the low calcium group. The high dairy group had an average of 11% total body weight loss. The pounds lost were
primarily fat as that group lost significantly more body fat than the other groups, particularly around the midsection.
The vitamin C found in grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes has a fat burning quality. Essentially vitamin C reduces the content of fat and can liquefy or dilute fat, making it less effective and easier to flush out of your body.
Increasing your consumption of vitamin C rich products with ever meal can help lessen the impact of the fat you are eating.
Garlic is not only a delicious addition to many foods, but it can also help you burn fat. Garlic has protective qualities, which can help reduce your fatty deposits.
You have probably heard the adage that you burn more calories eating celery than the calories contained in the vegetable. It's absolutely true. Many vegetables are considered to have negative calorie properties.
For instance, a 25-calorie piece of broccoli actually takes approximately 80 calories to digest, a net difference of 55 calories that you have burned instead of turning it into body fat! Here's a sampling of the many vegetables that have negative calorie properties:
Soy has experienced a resurgence in the past number of years because of its many health benefits. Soybeans contain lecithin, which can prevent fat from forming on your cells. Soy also helps breakdown fatty deposits in your body.
Many nutritionists recommend eating soy at least three times per week to help improve your ability to blast fat.
If you are looking to cut back in order to lose fat, consider adding some of these fat burning foods to every meal.
Many of these foods listed have other wonderful health benefits in addition to their ability to help you burn fat. Stock up on these fat blasters today!
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