Health Minute: 7 Vegetables that Burn Fat
Look at your amazing faces! I can’t believe I’ve been away from them for so long! Well, I’m back, at least intermittently for a while, and I wanted to dive right into some great info that can help you on your journey to wellness, no matter where you are starting from. Whether you want to build muscle or lose weight (or even just maintain you current body), making sure that fat is used for energy rather than being stored is an important part of the equation.
For the last few years, I’ve become more engrossed in studying my body and how it reacts to certain foods. I am a competitive athlete, so my main focus is building muscle. However, whether you want to build muscle or lose weight (or even just maintain you current body), making sure that fat is used for energy rather than being stored is an important part of the equation.
In my experiments and research, I’ve tracked down seven vegetables that I consider key to burning fat. Again, burning fat as energy is important because it prevents you from storing it (which can cause weight gain), and it also prevents you from having to burn muscle for energy (which can cause muscle loss).
These are foods that can boost your metabolism so that you are burning more fat throughout the day. In addition to increasing your metabolism, these vegetables also work to do things like eliminate toxins and regulate the hormones that are making it harder for your body to get rid of unwanted fat (if your goal is to lose weight).
7 Vegetables that Burn Fat
Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods that you can find, making it one of the healthiest foods that you can eat. It also promotes the elimination of toxins and suppresses your appetite. When your body is clean and your appetite is under control, it is a lot easier for your metabolism to run at an optimal level.
This super vegetable stimulates the enzyme that tells the fat cells in the body that they need to start burning fat. This action is thanks to this vegetable being rich in sulforaphane, a type of phytonutrient. It essentially negotiates with fat cells so that they burn and disappear.
Avocados are very high in monounsaturated fat and this allows cells and fat-burning hormones to better communicate with each other. It is also high in antioxidants so that it is able to protect cells from free radical damage so that the cell’s energy-producing component functions at its highest level. This causes a steady boost in your metabolism.
Celery is a simply vegetable that does not get nearly enough credit for the health benefits that it provides. Your body needs water for your metabolism to function at the highest level, and celery is primarily water. This helps to ensure that you have the fluids that your cells and body need to constantly burn fat.
Carrots are best known for their high level of antioxidants, allowing them to fight off free radicals. This works to detoxify your body and this plays a major role in stimulating your metabolism. However, carrots are also rich in vitamin C and this vitamin is critical in reducing stress hormones. When your stress hormone levels are low, your body is not going to store belly fat, allowing your body to burn it. Sweet potatoes, pumpkin and summer squash all have a similar effect.
Chili peppers work to boost metabolism due to containing capsaicin. This substance increases your metabolism by increasing your body temperature. Think of it like adding coals to a fire to promote more heat and build the fire into something that is bigger and more powerful!
Onions contain oils and minerals that increase your metabolism and break down fat in your body. To ensure that you preserve these fat-burning nutrients, it is important that you do not overcook your onions. A gentle sauté is the best way to cook this vegetable. Garlic has the same effect on your metabolism and a sauté is the best way to cook it, too.
Incorporating these Foods into your Diet
Choose two to three of the seven vegetables to burn fat and work them into your day. You should alternate among all seven of them to get the best results. This is because all of these vegetables have a different combination of nutrients that play a role in increasing your metabolism and burning fat.
You get the most benefit when you eat these vegetables raw, but you can gently steam them and reap the majority of the benefits. Run them through a food processor to easily add these vegetables to your favorite meals. You just want to avoid over-cooking them because this can remove the fat-burning nutrients.
If you have more questions on this topic, feel free to leave a comment or email me!