Updated at 2016-03-11 08:32:28 UTC
The foods you eat have the biggest impact on your weight loss results. Yes, your diet is even more important that your workout routine. So if you're looking to boost your metabolism, balance fat burning hormones, and give yourself a boost of energy so you can burn more fat, you need to start incorporating these top fat burning foods in your diet on a regular basis.
Coconut oil originally had a bad reputation of being unhealthy due to its high saturated fat content but the truth is the fats in coconut oil are easily utilized and broken down by the body. This means the fats in coconut oil are easily used as energy rather than stored as fat. Furthermore, coconut oil can increase your metabolism and supports the immune system.
Coconut oil is great to cook with due to its high smoke point and tasty flavor. It can also be easily be used in smoothies or used to make healthier versions of your favorite desserts.
Kale may not be the most exciting vegetable but it is a super food packed with Vitamin C, Beta Carotene and is even high in Calcium. Kale and other leafy greens are great for the immune system and for the skin. As a fat fighter, kale helps fight estrogen compounds, which can contribute to increased belly fat (the worst kind of fat for your health!).
Make kale more interesting by adding it to smoothies, salads, or by making yummy kale chips.
Eggs, and I mean the whole entire egg not just the egg whites, are packed with healthy fats and necessary vitamins. Eggs are a very nutrient dense food that provides Vitamin A, Vitamin E, healthy Omega-3 fats, and protein. The lecithin found in eggs helps the body digest fat and cholesterol.
But don't just settle for any type of egg! The most nutritious eggs are going to be from chickens found roaming around outside and eating their natural diet, so look for pastured eggs from your local farmers market or health food store.
Avocados may have a bad reputation for being high in fat but the truth is they are a super healthy food that contains necessary fats your body needs. The fats in avocados aid in decreasing inflammation, increasing nutrient absorption, controlling appetite, and regulating fat burning hormones. Additionally, they are packed with fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins.
Get creative with avocados to spice up a variety of meals. Try topping salads, sandwiches, or burgers with avocados. Add them to smoothies or make sides such as guacamole or avocado dip.
Organic grass fed beef from the local farmers market or health food store, not conventional grain fed beef found in most grocery stores, is loaded with healthy Omega-3 fats and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) from their natural, grassy diet. Omega-3's help reduce inflammation and boost brain function so you feel more energetic and focused while CLA's help build muscle and burn fat.
So, as long as the beef comes from cows that are grass fed, hormone free, and pesticide free, don't feel guilty grilling a steak or making a tasty hamburger.
Which top fat burning foods do you plan to start incorporating into your diet?