Fat doesn’t cause fat. Sugar and carbohydrates cause fat. But that’s no reason to eat fatty foods, or unhealthy fats and oils. There are certain foods you can eat, however, that will help melt tummy fats and extra weight in your arms, legs, and butt.
So how do these foods help melt away fat? Some help keep you full with fiber and monounsaturated fats, some get rid of inflammation in your body that leads to digestive issues and lowered blood flow, and some just get your system working properly.
13 Foods To Melt Fat and Beat Bloating
Some of these foods can be added to your daily juices. Take a look through this list and see which of these fat-busting foods you already eat, and which you need to eat more of.
Avocado is full of monounsaturated fats and mannoheptulose, a carbohydrate that enhances your body’s calcium absorption and encourages fat burning.
You’ll easily get the nutrients and fuel from avocados—especially when exercising. You can add avocado to breakfast, lunch, or dinner—even to your smoothies.
It isn’t hard to get the benefits that avocados have to give.
A study at Scripps Clinic in San Diego reported that eating half a grapefruit or drinking 24oz of grapefruit juice daily helped subjects lose an average of 4 pounds over 12 weeks. There was no change to their diet, and some even lost more than 10 pounds without dieting
How does it work? Grapefruit lessens the level of insulin your body needs to use, and has a compound called naringin which prevent fat from being stored. So a little grapefruit every day can go a long way.
3. Olive Oil
Like avocados, olive oil is another great source of healthy fats. Olive oil lowers bad cholesterol and helps your heart pump oxygenated blood throughout your body.
The monounsaturated fats in olive oil are burned as energy instead of stored as fat in your midsection.
When you use olive oil you do more than just burn fat—you help your eyes, heart, skin, digestion, and more.
Ginger is great to be added into your juices and smoothies. It’s been used for centuries to help with digestive problems, inflammation, and blood flow issues. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and can help with muscle recovery—which makes it a great post-exercise food.
It has also been known to help the body burn calories, making it a great pre-exercise food as well.
Another food rich in monounsaturated fats, walnuts are super-high in omega-3s. Just 1 ounce of these nuts gives almost 3 grams of alpha-linolenic acid, a healthy fat that your body can’t produce on its own.
Alpha-linolenic acid is one of the healthy fats your body needs to help your metabolic system work at top-notch. These essential fats can only be obtained through foods, and walnuts are one of the best foods for it.
A good, natural carb, oatmeal is rich with fiber and digests slowly, keeping your blood sugar and insulin levels low. Your body will burn more fat during exercise when you’ve had oatmeal earlier in the day.
Research has shown that athletes who consume slow-digesting (complex) carbs in the morning burn more fat throughout the day than those who eat faster-burning (refined) carbs.
Flaxseeds are a great source of Omega-3s and alpha-linolenic acid and can be mixed into dinners, salads, and juices.
These omega-3s have been found to stimulate fat-burning and slow fat storage.
You can add flaxseeds or the oil in your smoothies or salads.
Salmon is another great source of the healthy, omega-3 essential fats EPA and DHA. Some healthy foods like flaxseeds give your body omega-3s that need to be converted into EPA and DHA, but salmon is a direct supply of these necessary nutrients—no conversion required.
Eggs are a complete source of protein, so of course you want them when exercising. But did you know that eggs can help you burn fat as well?
Research shows that when you start your day with eggs, you eat fewer calories throughout the day while burning more fat.
Another “any time” snack or meal, eggs are best enjoyed with breakfast to get their fat-burning benefits all day long.
10. Chili Pepper
Capsaicin, the compound that makes hot peppers hot, enhances calorie burning even when you aren’t working out. Capsaicin also has the ability to reduce hunger, meaning that peppers will help you eat less and burn more.
11. Raw Honey
This natural sweetener is so low on the glycemic index—meaning it won’t raise your blood sugar levels drastically and will keep insulin levels low.
Both of these qualities are important for creating and maintaining a fat-burning environment in your body.
Honey is also a great source of nitric oxide metabolites which encourage your body’s fat cells to release the fat they’ve stored.
12. Green Leafy Vegetables
Of course dark, leafy green vegetables will show up on this list. Vegetables are a great food for melting away fats, especially when consumed as juice. They have almost no carbs or calories, and still makes you feel full.
With an abundance of phytochemicals and nutrients, vegetables don’t just help you cut fat, it also helps improve your gut health, immune system and general health. Start including at least one glass of juice in your diet every day.
Although last on the list, drinking sufficient water daily may be the best thing to help reduce body fat.
Drinking 2 cups of water can boost your metabolic rate by 30%. Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning really enhances your daily digestive process.
Water helps move food and waste through your body. Your body is mostly water, and when you sweat, sleep, or otherwise deprive yourself of this essential fluid, your body has a harder time breaking down food and will ultimately retain more water.
Flush your entire system. Eat more of these foods—and drink lots of water—to boost your metabolism and help you shed pounds like never before.