Many people find that they struggle to lose weight when exercising regularly, because they tend to eat back all the calories they burn during their workout, sometimes more. It’s easy to feel that you deserve a large burger and chips after a long run, but eating foods that are high in calories and low in nutrition tend to cause bloating, weight gain and sluggishness.
Don’t be afraid of fat - fat is good for you, but make it healthy and natural.
To burn fat, focus on eating small amounts of nutrient-dense foods. Don’t be afraid of fat - fat is good for you, but make it healthy and natural. Don’t be tempted to cut out carbs either - many of us could benefit from cutting out refined carbs, but whole grains and fruits are great energy-producing foods.
These are our top 10 fat burning foods that will help you feel better, exercise harder and lose weight faster.
Bananas are nature’s energy bars. You’ll often see tennis players - who can sometimes play matches for four or five hours - munching them courtside. There’s a good reason for that: they’re packed with slow-release carbs to keep you going as well as essential vitamins.
2. Lean meat
Lean meat, such as turkey and chicken breast, are a great way to get some healthy protein. Protein feeds muscle growth and is essential for anyone doing any kind of resistance training. Grill or dry fry it to avoid adding unnecessary extra calories.
Oats are an amazing grain that keep you full for hours, so you’re not tempted to snack and have more energy. A breakfast of porridge or muesli will help set you up for an active day, or you could make some suger-free oat flapjacks for snacks on the go.
If you’re vegetarian, turn to tofu as your easy, low calorie protein source. Season with spices and saute in hot oil for a delicious, crispy meal.
5. Gren vegetables
Green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and kale are great for providing you with the vitamins your body needs to sustain a workout program. In particular, they're high in vitamin C, which helps your muscles repair and your bones strengthen.
6. Dried fruit
Dried fruit is very dense in calories, so eat it in moderation before a workout. It makes a great quick energy boost that will help you get the most out of your gym session. Dried fruit is a healthy alternative to energy drinks.
7. Whole grains
Whole grain bread, brown rice and brown pasta all give you the steady energy release you need to keep going through your workout. They're especially good for long-distance runners and cyclists. Pair with some lean protein for a super-boost meal.
8. Greek yougurt
Another great lean protein source that’s really tasty and versatile. Delicious eaten with fruit for breakfast and will keep you full for hours. Greek yougurt is much higher in protein than standard yogurt, so it's far more filling.
Like dried fruit, nuts are high-calorie, but they’re very good for you despite this. They're full of the protein, fibre and minerals that you need to keep your body working hard.
10. Sweet potato
If you’re a chip addict, try sweet potato chips instead. They’re much better at regulating blood sugar than standard potatoes so you feel longer and less tempted to snack.Stick to a diet rich in healthy fats, vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains, and you'll be well on your way to better health, easier exercise and less fat. To make it even easier, invest in some wireless Bluetooth headphones from Treblab so you can listen to your favourite motivating tunes as you work out.