by Anthony Alayon
Activating your metabolism in order to get the fat burning process going can be challenging for some as there is a lot of information regarding diet and nutrition that can be misleading or false. With all of the diet fads advertised by companies claiming that you will get the beach body of your dreams in 10 days, it is hard to know what to believe.
To be honest, the best thing you can do is stick to the basics and eat natural foods that you can pick up at your local grocery store. Making things as simple as possible can be the easiest and most efficient solution to getting a lean body! With that being said, I will give you 5 fat burning foods to consider next time you are at the grocery store.
Fat Burning Food #1: Salmon
This type of fish is great for burning fat as it is high in protein, and best of all, rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Essential means that it cannot be produced naturally by the body so in order to get it you must obtain these fats through your diet. It also has a good ratio of saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which makes it well balanced.
Another health benefit of this combination is that it reduces the risk of joint inflammation. In addition, these fats help our immune and circulatory systems.
Fat Burning Food #2: Oatmeal
My personal choice for breakfast is oatmeal. This food not only tastes great but can really help boost your metabolism.
Oatmeal contains good fats and it is a source of low glycemic carbohydrates. Low glycemic carbohydrates are crucial for helping to incinerate your belly fat as they give you time released energy and help you to store glycogen in the muscles (fuel that can later be used to power your bodybuilding workouts).
In addition, they are high in insoluble and soluble fibers. Soluble fibers allow sugars to be released at a slower rate and help to bind fatty acids. It can even lower cholesterol and LDL cholesterol which is the bad cholesterol. Insoluble Fibers help to move food through your intestines.
I even mix my oatmeal with protein to make some unique recipes that have added a great variety to my bodybuilding diet.
Fat Burning Food #3: Vegetables
A fact that many people do not know about vegetables is the negative calories that they contain. It takes more calories to digest the vegetables than the calories that they provide you with. The reason for this is because of the high fiber content; it takes calories to process so much fiber; so many that the body ends up burning more calories than what it gets from this food source.
Fat Burning Food #4: Nuts
A great addition and snack that can be added to your diet is nuts such as cashews, almonds and walnuts. If you do not go crazy overeating nuts, you can benefit from eating them.
Not only are nuts high in fiber and contain good fats, but they also are high in antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium.
A good approach to use when eating nuts is to consume around 1-2 ounces at most. Using this approach will prevent you from overeating fats and enable you to get the right combination of good fats to help you blast your belly fat away.
Fat Burning Food #5: Flax Seed & Fish Oils
Flaxseed and fish oils are great food supplements for anybody to take. These oils contain omega-3 fatty acids which help to speed up your metabolism.
These oils help to reduce body fat and thus they are a great supplement to add to any fat burning diet. The Omega 3s these oils contain can also help reduce soreness after workouts and act as an anti-catabolic agent. Using these oils allow your body to maintain its strength levels while losing body fat. In addition, they give your body a good source of natural energy and help to maintain triglyceride/cholesterol levels. These oils should be taken upon wakening and before bedtime.
Make sure that you do not use these oils for cooking as they are both light and heat sensitive. In addition, keep them refrigerated after opening them.
The brands I like to use because of their high quality are Spectrum Flax Seed Oil and Carlson Lemon Flavored Fish oils!
About the Author
Anthony Alayon is an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and Bodybuilding Champion with over 10 years of bodybuilding experience and multiple articles and e-books targeted to all the teenagers out there who are just starting out their bodybuilding journey and to regular people who just want to lose weight and achieve higher levels of fitness. You can visit Anthony Alayon's website at: http://www.fatextinction.com.