We’ve been programmed to think that foods cause us to gain weight, which isn’t completely untrue. Overeating unhealthy foods can indeed cause us to gain weight — but did you know that there are foods that can actually help you BURN fat?
These foods hold a lot of nutritional value as well, so incorporating these foods into your meals as often as possible will pack a punch you will learn to crave.
Here are a few of these powerful foods that help your body burn fat:
Cayenne pepper. Generally, spicy food will speed up your metabolism and will thus make your body more likely to burn fat — so sprinkle on the cayenne pepper any chance you get.
Fermented foods. Fermented foods like sauerkraut are the natural probiotics that contain gut-friendly bacteria which will regulate your gut function and boost your immune system. Having better-regulated gut bacteria will, in general, give your metabolism a boost and will also reduce bloating.
White tea. You’ve probably heard of green tea as a fat-burner, but white tea can work just as well, if not better. White tea will stimulate the enzyme that breaks down fat and blocks the enzyme that builds fat cells. In other words, white tea works both ways to help you lose fat. So drink up!
Dark chocolate. Most people don’t expect that chocolate can be a food that helps you burn fat, as most people associate all sweet products with gaining weight. The antioxidants in cacao can support healthy gut function and help your body burn more fat. Dark chocolate is one of the best treats you can give yourself when you’re trying to lose weight and still satisfy your sweet tooth.
If you aren’t already using these ingredients, start incorporating these fat burning foods into your everyday meals to reap the benefits. Which of these are you most surprised to hear helps you burn fat?