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The top fat-burning foods in each macronutrient category

by , 23 October 2017
The top fat-burning foods in each macronutrient category
Figuring out which are the top fat-burning foods can be a challenge with information coming left, right and centre, telling you things such as “avoid fats at all costs!”, “carbohydrates lead to obesity” and “eat large amounts protein”.

These so-called facts can cause so much confusion that they might even leave you wondering where to start dieting correctly in the first place…

Truth is, the best foods to speed up fat burn are found in the purest forms of your macronutrients, namely fats, carbohydrates and protein. In other words, if you're looking to shed fat and be healthy, all you need to do is identify the right sources of macronutrients and prepare them in ways that maintain their nutritional value.

Here are the top fat-burning foods in each macronutrient category that will promote a faster, better metabolism, keep you healthy and losing weight, and kick-start your mental and physical energy!

The best fat-burning foods categorised by macronutrients

#1: Fats
The low-fat diet is a thing of the past! Doctors are now recommending that people who are trying to lose fat, consume fat – but only the healthy types. The right fats to consume are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats do the opposite of saturated fats and trans fatty acids – they reduce your bad cholesterol, improve your overall heart health and help prevent heart problems. As a bonus, healthy fats promote clear skin and strong hair and nails. Top sources of healthy fat include unsalted nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, nut butter, dark chocolate, omega-3-rich fish and coconut.

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#2: Carbohydrates
There are three types of carbohydrates, namely starches, fibre and sugars. These different carbs come in one of two forms – simple or complex. Complex carbs are the good kind – they contribute to energy, reduce inflammation, boost your ability to exercise and enable you to sleep more soundly. Simple carbs, on the other hand, are broken down quicker so only provide a short wave of energy. Examples of complex carbs include fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, legumes, whole-wheat bread and pasta, quinoa, wild oats and brown rice.
 
#3: Protein
Protein is a key macronutrient that’s made up of amino acids, which support cell growth, help rebuild muscle tissue and create necessary enzymes and hormones in your body. You’ve probably heard gym bunnies say, “Protein fuels your gains” – well, it’s true! The best sources of protein are lean and grass-fed meats – think chicken breasts, grass-fed beef and turkey. Other good options are whey protein isolate, egg whites, beans and cottage cheese.
 
Make sure you add these fat-burning foods to your diet to shake up your metabolism and reach your goal weight!

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