10 Best Foods for Fat Loss – Burn Baby Burn!!

Just like there are certain foods that are good for your heart, there are specific foods that aid in fat loss. Excess body fat is often the cause of some of the major physical threats like cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. According to the World Health Organization, nearly two-thirds of all American adults are overweight, and 34% are clinically obese. No matter if you are five pounds or 205 pounds overweight, excess body fat can harm you.

Here is a list of 10 of the best fat-fighting foods that you should incorporate into your diet if you haven’t already.

Green Tea – Green tea contains substances called catechins, which researchers believe may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and decrease body fat. Catechins have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.

Cinnamon – This spice helps reduce belly fat by lowering blood sugar levels and improving natural production of insulin. Keeping your blood sugar and insulin levels from spiking and falling is a key factor in helping you lose fat.

Water – H2O is probably the most important tool when it comes to fat loss. Your body holds onto water if you don’t drink enough. Drinking the recommended amount of water a day prevents water retention, prevents dehydration, and helps muscle recovery.  Sometimes your body will confuse hunger for thirst when you are dehydrated, resulting in unnecessary caloric intake. Drinking a glass of water before each meal will fill your stomach and make you feel full to prevent overeating.

Fish – Salmon, tuna and sea bass are three fish that are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and protein. The healthy fat boosts your immune system and helps keep your arteries cholesterol free. Fish is typically low in calories and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates turn to fat in the body if they are not burned off so eating a low carbohydrate dinner right before bed is ideal for fat loss.

Beans – Beans really are the magical fruit (kids choke, spare me)! Protein packed, fiber rich, and low in fat, beans are one of the best fat-burning foods. They are also known to help keep your digestive system regular, which keeps bloating and irregularity to a minimum.

Eggs – This little oval of fat-burning deliciousness is one of the highest quality proteins. Eggs are low in carbohydrates, which fuel fat cells, and the protein helps build muscle, which fights fat!

Yogurt (or Kefir) – Low-fat dairy products contains healthy bacteria that aid in digestion. The high calcium content strengthens bone density and muscle mass while increasing fat loss. Make sure to choose a brand that is low in sugar and fat and has a low calorie content.

Vegetables – Veggies are fiber rich and nutrient dense without the high caloric content. Spinach, broccoli, asparagus and peppers are a few great choices that are filling, satisfying and keep your blood sugar levels steady.

Apples – Eve’s forbidden fruit is packed with fat fighting nutrients, like pectin. Pectin restricts cells to absorb fat and encourages water absorption from food. This in turn helps release fat deposits from the body. The antioxidants in apples may also help prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by excess belly fat.

Nuts – Recent studies show that nuts contain a number of vitamins, minerals, fiber protein, and antioxidants, which are all crucial for healthy fat loss. You must eat these in moderation because they are dense in calories and fat but a handful a day is a great snack and can ward off mid-day cravings. A small serving will keep you feel full, satisfied and give you a natural boost of energy.

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Jessica Howells

I love to eat, cook and blog about my adventures in maintaining a healthy lifestyle from college and beyond. Struggling (for the first time in my life) to gain control of my weight after my freshman year, I researched and learned the fundamentals of healthy living. Join me at www.dishinaboutnutrition.com where I offer my most sound advice, my favorite recipes and my all around passion for life!

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  1. says

    Put down the cookies, pies, cakes, doughnuts, candies, pop, junk food, etc… and salads, fruits, etc…
    It is the refined flour and sugar processed food, basically PASTRIES that are causing the problems. I had a friend. When I would go to his home, his wife always had some pastry dessert on the counter. He was over weight, had sleep apnea, she had fibromyalgia, so they both had problems. It is the devitalized, processed foods with little to no nutrition, that is causing the problems. They clog the body, clog the cells, and are generally acid forming to the system….
    Get some LIVE, LIVING FOOD IN YOU, and start being healthier!!!!!!!
    Eat less of the wrong foods, and keep them ONLY for dessert ONCE A DAY!!!!!!!!! IF not once a WEEK!!!!!!!! And in smaller proportions.
    Hope that helps.
    Be well and happy!!!

  2. Lori says

    Great suggestions…but, please, NOT low-fat dairy again!! We have to understand that once the fat is removed, so are the nutrients. The calcium is added back, but without the fat-soluble co-factors that dictate calcium absorption and deposition, and that is dangerous! Low-fat dairy is not real food. Studies have shown again and again that small amounts of full fat dairy do not make us fat. Full fat plain yogurt, kefir, and hard cheeses preferably from grass fed animals will not make us fat, but will supply the essential fat soluble nutrients and minerals to promote and maintain health.

  3. Davy777 says

    Seems the more info we get about health and nutrition the more confused it is – another site says that plain old cinnamon (kitchen spice) won’t do the trick – instead we have to use something called cinnamon concentrate. Can you clarify?

  4. APRIL.B says

    My husband and I lost 15 lbs in 3 months after we made some adjustments to our diet and we also included our kids in this new life style. After reading how bad are the following ingredients we decided to make a radical change so, we went thru our pantry and eliminate all the products that we already had label with partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose, and bleached flour. We also switch from 1% milk to rice or almond milk. NO sodas or sweeteners including Splenda.

    Try it !! It really WORKS!!

  5. Jessica Howellsjhowells0913 says


    Congratulations, that is fabulous! I agree, soda is one of the leading contributors to obesity in this country. I also switched to almond milk but occasionally drink a glass of skim. You are so smart to teach your kids healthy eating habits at a young age so it is easier for them when they are older. Thank you for posting!

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