Most dieters focus on avoiding foods that undermine their weight loss efforts, but few know that there are actually foods that support fat loss by triggering the release of crucial hormones or eliminating toxins that inhibit fat burning. These super foods must be eaten as part of a clean, healthy diet to be an effective program, so do not make the mistake of thinking that adding a slice of avocado to your Big Mac will help you lose fat.
Kale has higher nutrient density than any other food we have discovered. It cleanses the body of toxins, suppresses the appetite and provides loads of dietary fiber. By optimizing liver and kidney function, kale improves the body’s natural ability to burn fat for energy. Kale can be consumed raw in salads or cooked in any number of ways. Baked crispy kale chips are currently quite popular among vegetarians and health food aficionados.
Wild salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, optimize thyroid hormone production and support healthy brain function. Omega-3 acids help mobilize the stubborn fat stored around the midsection, so consuming salmon on a regular basis is highly recommended for optimal fat loss.
Broccoli rabe contains a potent phytonutrient called sulforaphane that acts directly on an enzyme that initiates fat cell metabolism. It can be prepared similarly to regular broccoli, and goes great in a salad made with yellow squash, pine nuts, mint and lemon juice. Steam or sauté broccoli rabe to prevent the leaching of nutrients that results from boiling.
Oysters are a great natural source of zinc, which has been shown to decrease appetite, curb cravings and support healthy levels of the hormones involved in fat burning. At 10 calories each, these delectable little treats are also a guilt-free way to indulge in a culinary delicacy.
The mono-unsaturated fat in avocados switches off fat storage hormones in the body and makes cell membranes more receptive to other hormones that aid in fatty acid mobilization in the bloodstream. Avocados also prevent free radical damage to the mitochondria in your cells. On top of that, they are just plain delicious in salads, on sandwiches, or mashed into homemade guacamole.
Those large nuts that are usually left at the bottom of mixed nut tins are Brazil nuts. They are tastier than they look, and aid fat burning by converting the thyroid hormone T4 to its active form, T3. Brazil nuts also bind to toxins that contribute to the formation of cellulite, allowing them to be eliminated from the body.
Coconut oil is one of the healthiest fats you can consume, as it is rich in MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) that facilitate the burning of stubborn abdominal fat. Coconut oil is also a great source of energy, as it is readily burned off and rarely stored as fat. It can be added to salad dressings, spread on toast, or used when sautéing meat or preparing eggs, and it is as delicious as it is nutritious.