15 Fat Burning Foods To Speed Weight Loss

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Are there 15 fat burning foods that you can eat and lose weight? Well, that's a maybe and maybe not... There are foods that you can eat that help you feel satisfied, full and content. Certainly one of the keys to weight loss is taking in less feed. That can be a good thing. I'll share 15 food ideas for losing fat, but first a little background.

The two hormones glucagon and insulin perform the major role in how the body uses carbohydrates. Sugar use depends on the proper ratio between these two hormones.

Glucagon triggers the liver to release sugar and that raises the blood sugar level available for energy use everywhere in the body including the brain. Glucagon also signals the cells to release fat for energy and to release protein for building. Insulin is responsible for putting nutrients into cells. Thus insulin regulates the transfer of fats, proteins and sugars from the bloodstream to the cells. What happens if more sugar is available than is needed, the liver gets the call to make more fat...

Glucagon is released when proteins are eaten. Insulin is released when carbohydrates are eaten. Neither is released when you eat fats or non-starchy foods. If carbohydrates are eaten alone, the insulin to glucagon ratio is too high. If protein is eaten alone, the insulin to glucagon ratio is too low. Eat a balanced meal with protein, fats, non-starchy vegetables and carbohydrates and you can have a balanced insulin to glucagon ratio which can burn fat and build muscle.

Eating a balanced meal will not lead to fat production, it could even lead to fat loss. Also a balanced meal will not lead to muscle loss, it could even lead to muscle gain.

Following are 15 fat burning foods ideas. With the background in the first paragraphs, you can see that just eating a few selected foods will not magically cause weight loss. However, making some fairly simple changes in the way you eat could finally help you to lose weight and keep it off.

1. Palm oil - many positives of palm and coconut oils, including little fat production from eating it.

2. Fish - high protein and some fats like in salmon along with carbohydrates means a balanced insulin to glucagon ration.

3. Whole grain dishes - slower sugar release than processed grains, means less insulin response.

4. Broccoli - a non-starchy vegetable works even with cheese sauce.

5. Cabbage - used many different ways especially helpful as a filler.

6. Kale - high in calcium plus you can easily grow it yourself.

7. Chicken - balances salads and other dishes.

8. Garlic - use it however you can for taste as well as health benefits.

9. Green beans - fills you up but non-starchy so little effect on insulin to glucagon ratio.

10. Cod liver oil(?) - an important supplement for Vitamins A and D.

11. Bitters - example is Swedish Bitters, helpful for digesting fats.

12. Bell peppers - another sweet tasting non-starchy vegetable surprisingly helpful.

13. Summer squash - good with light cheese sauces or in simple casseroles.

14. Cheese - in limited amounts, preferably fresh, since aged cheeses include damaged fats.

15. Eggs - contains proteins plus fats to satisfy hunger and combine well with carbohydrates.

There are many more than 15 fat burning foods if you realize the real keys to healthy eating and weight loss. Include any and all non-starchy vegetables as part of your eating plan.
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Al is a former GM engineer and a rural living skills practitioner. He likes to write about his experiences.

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