Energize Your Body to Burn More Calories
I want to talk about what foods you can eat to burn more calories. I’m talking about up to 30% more calories from some foods. Just think for a moment if your body was to burn 30% more calories a day, everyday, what that would do for you losing weight. Easy ways to burn calories is by eating the right foods.
Certain foods are complex in their structure as far as your body’s ability to digest them. Nutrient-dense foods tend to take much more energy to digest, which actually burns more calories. By eating from this group of foods, you can literally turn your body into a Thermal Calorie burning furnace!
Take proteins for example. It takes more energy for your body to digest proteins as it does simple carbohydrates. The thermal effect of proteins is the highest of all foods. Your metabolic rate will increase about 30%, which will burn away calories, instead of storing them as fat. By comparison, your body will only burn about 10% of calories to digest carbohydrates, and only 5% to digest fat.
Proteins are primarily used by your body for building blocks. They are most abundant in animal products, lean meats, egg whites, and low-fat cottage cheese are great protein sources. (Protein is also found, to a lesser degree, in beans, nuts, and various grains for you vegetarians out there). Proteins are found in every cell in our bodies. Our muscles, hair, skin, nails, hormones, and blood all contain protein. And protein is extremely important both to our overall immunity and health.
Protein is also an extremely important (but often overlooked) fat-loss nutrient. Why? Proteins (along with resistance exercise) actually help your body change shape by adding muscle and increasing your metabolism. Remember, the point isn’t just to lose weight. The point is to lose fat, and increase muscle.
Now remember your body also needs other very important nutrients, not just proteins only, for a well balanced diet. The short list below are my top recommended high-protein foods. The ideal best foods will obviously be ones that or organic in nature, ones that do not have hormones and other unnatural additives. Choose grass feed beef, cage-free chicken meat and eggs, and other organic meats whenever possible.
- Beef (extra lean)
- Cage-free whole eggs
- Chicken breast
- Cornish hen
- Cottage cheese
- Greek yogurt
- Lamb loin
- Orange roughy
- Pork (lean)
- Red snapper
- Roast (arm, chuck or rump)
- Sirloin (ground)
- Steak (club, flank, round, sirloin, tenderloin, T-bone filet, all fat trimmed)
- Tuna (water-packed)
- Turkey bacon
- Turkey breast (lean ground or whole)
- Turkey sausage
- Wild Alaskan Salmon
- Yellow tail