By Kyle Leon
One of the worst things that commonly occurs when trying to burn fat is getting bored with the food. So, I’ve made a list of 5 somewhat uncommon foods that all bring something unique and effective to a fat burning diet.
When people think about fat burning foods, they usually think of fruits and vegetables, but you need to get plenty of protein when you’re trying to lose fat. You also want to cut back on the starches. Quinoa accomplishes both of those things.
Quinoa is a seed, but it’s a great stand-in for pasta, rice, oats or potatoes. You can eat it as a cereal or dessert or you can use it like you would rice or pasta for dinner. Quinoa is loaded with protein and fiber, which will keep you full and help you preserve muscle and it’s virtually fat free.
2. Greek yogurt
A lot of people shy away from commercial yogurts because they are usually loaded with sugar and have very little protein. Greek yogurt is different. Greek yoghurt has as much as 14g of protein per serving and if you stick to flavors like vanilla, plain or lemon and avoid the ones with fruit on the bottom you can limit the sugars.
A lot of people utilize beans in their diets for their protein and fiber content, but they forget about lentils. Lentils have just as much protein and fiber, are loaded with iron and other important nutrients and are also dirt cheap. They cook up faster than dried beans, so you can make dinner quickly. They’re great in salads, soups or on their own.
4. Sweet potatoes
White potatoes are nothing but starch and can wreak havoc on your blood sugar and insulin levels. Sweet potatoes are a different matter. Even though they taste sweet, they have far less starch in them than white potatoes. They’re also loaded with fiber, beta carotene and Vitamin C and high in protein. Try one for breakfast, as a snack, or with your dinner. They’re awesome with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, or you can eat one with a little cinnamon for a sweet snack.
5. Hot peppers
You wouldn’t want to make a meal out of hot peppers, but adding them to a meal can have some real benefits when you’re on a fat burning diet. Hot peppers contain a compound called capsaicin. There’s more capsaicin in habaneros and other really hot peppers, but it’s also in jalapeños. This compound can help to curb your appetite and it also speeds up your metabolism for a short period. The other benefit is that most people eat less of something that’s really spicy, so adding hot peppers to some of your meals can help keep you from overeating.
When you’re focused on burning fat, you need to make sure that you’re keeping things interesting and keeping your motivation high. Adding some of these foods into your diet can help you do that.
Want to see some other surprising foods you can add to your diet to burn more fat? My friend and top nutritionist Joel Marion shares some here:
To your results,