A list of foods to help you pick your metabolism up and kick start it into fat burning mode. 7 foods listed and explained how they can help you burn fat or enhance hormones to assist with fat burning.


Protein predominantly used for building muscle and assisting repair, it can aid in burning fat. Protein has a greater thermogenic effect which is 20-30% compared to carbohydrates which is only 3-12%. These percentages inidicate the amount of calories that are needed in order for the protein to broken down. Therefore, be sure to have protein included in every meal consumed (little and often) in order to increase fat burning potential. 


Let the fat fight the fat! It appears the fat in fish enhances the efficiency of the hormone leptin. This is a key hormone that circulates in your blood stream like insulin, crucial for weight management. Leptin regulates your food intake, when leptin is detected, cells in the brain signal other parts of the nervous system to turn down your apetite and turn up your metbaolism. Also, the consumption of fish will boost your intake of Omega-3 which provides support for a healthy heart, brain, nervous system, and weight management. 


Your digestive contains between 10 trillion to 100 trillion bacteria, the friendly bacteria being called Probiotics. With the presence of more unfriendly bacteria research has suggested these unfriendly bacteria get more calories from their food, therefore pack on more fat. Manipulating, these bacteria by diet or supplements is a way to reduce body fat. Cosuming more prebiotics has shown to enhance the growth of certain healthy microbes. With the ingestion of these healthy microbes less calories will be digested. Resulting in, fewer calories being digested meaning fewer calories are stored as fat. 


Olive oil high in monosaturated fats increases the activity of Uncoupling proteins. Uncoupling proteins which controls the process of nonshivering thermogenesis which releases heat influencing energy expenditure. Research suggests diets that contain olive oil, such as mediterranean-style diet are associated with weight maintenance and little weight gain over time in comparison to diets that contain no olive oil.


The natural chemicals in green tea called catechins in combination with caffeine aid fat burning. Studies have shown that catechins increase the effects of thermogenesis (production of heat). 


Milk a key fat burning tool in anyones arsenal for fighting fat. Milks high calcium content turns off a key obesity gene, helping your fat metabolism run smoothly. Milk is also the primary source of whey protein, protein as previously discussed assisting in fat burning also. This whey protein source also helps limit the turnover of calories into fat storage by the liver. 

Chilli Peppers

Chilli peppers contain a compound called capsaicin, which shows to have a thermogenic effect (increasing metabolism). However, capsaicin has shown to have other great effects such as reducing insulin levels, and increases energy expenditure which can lead to further weight loss.  

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