The Fat Burning Power of Food

There are certain foods that burn more fat than the calorie content of the food itself and others that promote the release of fat from cells. The effects of these foods will be slightly different in each individual. As each person has a different metabolic rate the benefit from these fat burning foods will vary. The faster your metabolism is to start with the better these foods will work to help your body burn fat.

Foods that contain vitamin C:

Your body needs vitamin C to efficiently burn fat. Eating foods that are high in vitamin C can help to metabolize (break down) fat quicker. Vitamin C reduces the effectiveness of fat. It reduces its content and can liquefy or dilute fat. By diluting the fat, it makes it less effective, and easier to flush out of your system.

Foods high in fiber:

High fiber foods are good because they trick your stomach into thinking it is fuller faster, reducing the overall amount of calories that you eat. Vegetables are a great source of fiber and those that have an outer skin can help you to burn fat as they use up more energy being digested.

Some actually have a negative calorie effect in that your body will use more energy digesting them than it receives. A good example of this is celery, cucumber and beet root.

Dairy foods:

Recent studies have shown that dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt increase the breakdown of fat in cells. Eating dairy products was shown to be far more effective than taking a calcium supplement alone. Ensure that you stick to low fat dairy products only.

Hot and spicy foods:

Eating hot or spicy foods actually increases your metabolism and therefore your ability to burn fat. Chillies are first-rate fat-burners and some research has found they can increase your calorie burn by up to 8% for as long as three hours after eating. This is because the capsaicin found in them is a super nutrient that speeds up your metabolism and helps you burn off more energy.


When trying to reduce the fat content of your body, whether it is belly fat or bingo wings it is very important to drink lots of water. Water is the only true zero calorie food that occurs naturally. Drinking water keeps the body hydrated. Lack of proper hydration can dramatically slow down your metabolism and this in turn will reduce the amount of fat your body can burn off.

Most bodily functions require water, so if you are not getting enough your body can not function properly.

Commonly people mistake thirst for hunger and eat when they should be drinking water. Drinking plenty of water helps the body to flush out toxins. As the word suggests, toxins are toxic to your body and if they are not removed the body builds a protective layer of fat around them so that they cannot harm the body, these are generally deposited around your middle. By drinking plenty of water and flushing away the toxins rather than storing them as fat you will reduce the total fat in your body.

Negative Calorie Foods:

While all foods have some calories, they all also require energy by the body to digest them and this is where the negative calorie effect comes in. If a certain food requires the body to burn more energy in the digestion process that it actually produces it will create a calorie deficit; i.e. you will have expended more calories than you received.

We all know that in order to lose weight we have to use up more calories than we eat. Adding some of these negative calorie foods into your daily diet will give you a boost to losing weight!

Some fruits and vegetables are the best negative calorie foods. Spinach, lettuce, cucumber and celery are good examples but there are far more out there! Just be aware of how you prepare these foods and do not add too many calories in the cooking process!