Are you looking to transition your diet to include more fat burning foods that support your metabolism? I don’t think you’ll find it hard to incorporate these 10 fat burning foods because they are so delicious! The secret to choosing the best fat burning foods is to choose foods that nourish your liver, since your liver is one of the most important fat burning organs in your body! If your liver is not healthy, fat burning will not be a priority. That makes liver nourishing foods the best fat burning foods!
1) Coconut oil
Coconut oil is definitely one of the very best fat burning foods because it is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, stimulating to the metabolism, easy to digest, and full of antioxidants. The refined coconut oil (flavorless) is great for cooking because it is stable at high temperatures. I like to use virgin coconut oil for times you want that coconut flavor like for baking, making popcorn, and skin care. Ideally, you want to have both kinds of coconut oil around to use in place of harmful vegetable oils (PUFA fats) that slow the metabolism.
“An important function of coconut oil is that it supports mitochondrial respiration, increasing energy production that has been blocked by the unsaturated fatty acids. Since the polyunsaturated fatty acids inhibit thyroid function at many levels, coconut oil can promote thyroid function simply by reducing those toxic effects. It allows normal mitochondrial oxidative metabolism, without producing the toxic lipid peroxidation that is promoted by unsaturated fats.” Dr. Ray Peat, Ph.D
Fresh seasonal and ripe fruit is a staple for any healthy diet. Ripe fruits are among the best fat burning foods because when a fruit is fully ripe, the nutrients are at their peak and the sugars are broken down into single sugars that require minimal digestion. Fruit is perfect for your metabolism because it is rich in both nutrients and antioxidants.
3) Pure orange juice or other fresh fruit or veggies juices that are high in vitamin C
You may be shocked by this one, but orange juice is one of the very best fat burning foods! However, this does not mean that any orange juice will do– I’m taking about PURE unadulterated OJ without additives, fillers, and NOT from concentrate. If you can find the pure stuff, it’s loaded with magnesium, potassium, vitamin C (that supports detoxification in the liver), folate, thiamin, and vitamin A. A fat burning body needs the nutrients that orange juice supplies!
Why gelatin? Gelatin has a unique and very non-inflammatory amino acid profile, which consists of glycine, glutamic acid, proline, and alanine. These amino acids are medicinal to the liver. Due to the heavy consumption of muscle- meats and the dietary exclusion of important organ meats, these particular amino acids are lacking in the Standard American Diet. Over time, this Standard American Diet can produce more inflammation if it is not balanced by non-inflammatory proteins like gelatin. Although gelatin is primarily made up of non-essential amino acids (meaning your body CAN make them), many over-stressed livers are not able to manufacture all the non-essential amino acids in the amounts demanded by your body. The liver needs an abundance of these proteins to keep your liver functioning optimally and allow your body to “take out the trash” in our toxic world! Read more here about the different types of gelatin you can buy.
5) Organic or pastured eggs
Eggs are like nature’s multivitamins containing everything that is needed to create life. Each egg contains about 6 grams of protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, B2,B5, B12, choline, and cholesterol. Getting a few eggs per day with a few extra yolks in your diet every day is a great place to start!
6) Pastured/organic meats & wild seafood
Both organic proteins and wild seafood are less likely to contain hormones, additives, and toxins, which allows them to be fat burning supportive foods. Shellfish is particularly rich in minerals that nourish the liver (like iron, zinc, copper and selenium), making it especially therapeutic.
7) Root vegetables & squashes (especially raw carrots)
Roots and tubers are incredibly nutrient dense and easy to digest (easy to digest food supports fat burning). In addition, 1-2 raw carrots a day can be a digestive “helper” and can help detoxify excess estrogen and endotoxin in the colon that can impact digestion.
8) Animal bones and organ meats
Take your pick with this one! You could choose any protein that is bone-in, or try my favorite, which is whole chickens and chicken feet. The purpose of buying the bones themselves or with proteins is to use them to make bone broth and to give your body the protein balance of “eating the whole animal.” You can easily make this at home (in the form of bone broth/soup) by throwing chicken parts, bones, wings, feet, head, etc. into a crock pot with water and 2-4 tablespoons of vinegar left to stew for 12-48 hours. The vinegar pulls the nutrients out of the tissues, particularly glycine, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and sulfur.
If you can stomach organ meats such as liver, a few servings per week goes a LONG way for your health and fat burning abilities. If you’re up for the challenge, 3-6oz of liver per week is a great target.
9) Grass fed dairy products (goat and sheep are preferred)
Additive-free dairy products, including whole milk, cottage cheese, and other cheeses can be great fat-burning foods if you do not have a dairy allergy or lactose intolerance. Dairy is nutrient packed with high quality protein, fat, and calcium. But be sure to watch out for GMO’s and additives. If you can’t do dairy you might want to find another way to get your calcium (like bone broth and/or sardines).
If cow dairy doesn’t work for you, try goat or sheep dairy. They are easier on the system and typically less problematic. Read all about why here.
10) Real butter
The last of the best fat burning foods is definitely beloved butter. Contrary to popular mainstream media advice that butter is BAD for your health, it’s actually quite the opposite– butter is rich in fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K2, saturated fat, lauric acid, and cholesterol (antioxidant). There is no reason not to love it and enjoy it as it helps you burn fat.
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Are you eating any of these fat burning foods or do you need to add a few to your grocery list?