Losing weight involves putting your body into a catabolic state, breaking down tissue for energy. There is a real science to shedding fat without losing your hard earned muscle. The last thing you want to see is your gains disappearing right before your eyes. The best way to lose weight is slowly. If you put yourself in too much of a calorie deficit, your body simply takes energy from the first place it can. Sadly, it is far easier for your body to use proteins for energy, especially during intense exercise like weight training.
The type of exercise you do, along with the duration and timing, is key to achieving your weight loss goals. Of course, the food you eat, and the timing of your intake is also a huge factor. Eating little and often is the best way to keep your body well nourished around the clock, while avoiding pushing yourself into ‘storage mode.’
Everybody knows what foods to avoid when attempting to cut fat. High energy foods containing large amounts of saturated fats and empty calories should be avoided, especially at night. What many people do not know is there are many foods that promote weight loss, but also actively promote the burning of fat for energy. To put it simply, this is achieved in two distinctly different ways.
First, there are thermogenic foods. These foods up your metabolic rate, causing your body to burn more calories, even when at rest. When these foods are consumed on a regular basis, you could be burning as much as 20% more energy on average, without even moving. Second, there are foods that alter your blood chemistry and hormonal systems, telling your body to use fat as the first choice energy system. The combination of these two factors creates a potent environment within the body for weight loss while maintaining muscle. Following is a list of the seven best fat burning foods you should incorporate into your diet to help sculpt the lean, summer body you seek. To massively increase this effect, you should use Sheer Strength Labs Thermogenic Fat Burner. This excellent supplement is crafted from hand selected, scientifically proven ingredients, and, together with a tuned diet and smart training regime, strips the fat from your physique in no time at all.
So here are the foods, in no particular order. There are no mystery ingredients on this list, you should be able to find all of these foods at your local store. Simply incorporate these into your diet for fat burning results. But remember, all things in moderation, you can’t have too much of a good thing. The problem with having too much of the first item on this list is self-explanatory.
Chilies come in all shapes and sizes. Some are blindingly hot, and could strip the paint off your car while others are far less lethal. What all chilies do have in common is they contain the compound capsaicin. Capsaicin actually poses a triple threat to body fat, so maybe it is no coincidence that chilies sit at the top of this list.
First, capsaicin has a potent thermogenic effect on the body. Body temperature is raised very soon after consuming chilies, causing the metabolic rate to rise. You have probably felt this effect after eating something spicy. Capsaicin also causes a shift in energy systems, from predominantly burning carbs for energy, to eating into fat stores. This means you burn more calories, and more of these calories will be in the form of excess fat. Lastly, eating chilies actually decreases cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods, making it less likely you will give in to the desire to reach for unwanted snacks.
Incorporating chilies into your diet is easy. They go with pretty much anything apart from your porridge and protein shakes. Simply finely chop a small amount into your salads, rice, pasta or meats to reap the rewards. A good way to keep chilies handy is to buy some dried chili flakes and sprinkle in when cooking.
Whole grains are a must in any serious athlete’s diet. Whole grains, such as brown rice, whole wheat flour, and super-foods, such as quinoa, provide far more beneficial nutrients than their refined counterparts. Eating the whole grain provides your body with a much more complex digestive puzzle, thereby causing a thermogenic effect and an increase in energy expenditure. The massively elevated fiber levels in whole grain foods also prevents absorption of bad fats from the gut, meaning you also ingest fewer calories from meals. This slowing of the digestive system helps keep you fuller for longer while stabilizing insulin levels and preventing snack cravings.
Whole grains are proven to be excellent for heart health and lowering the risk of heart disease. So, simply substituting white rice and pasta for their whole grain alternatives helps you in your fight against the fat.
Lean meat and fish should constitute the core of any bodybuilder or strength athlete’s diet. A constant supply of quality protein is essential for muscle growth and repair. These protein rich foods keep you fuller longer, they also create a thermogenic environment conducive to fat loss. Take Sheer Strength Labs BCAA’s before and during workouts to help maintain blood protein levels and prevent burning your hard earned gains.
There are a number of benefits to adding green tea to your fat burning diet. Contrary to popular belief, green tea does contain a small amount of caffeine, a substance proven to provide a thermogenic effect, up your metabolic rate, and burn calories. This thermogenic effect is potentiated by the presence of potent fat burning molecules called catechins. The array of catechins found in green tea help maintain a fat shredding environment in the bloodstream. Green tea also contains one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any substance on the planet. These antioxidants detox your entire body, allowing you to run at your full potential.
Yes, nuts. Everybody knows that nuts are calorie dense and contain massive amounts of fats. However, the fats contained in most nuts are actually ‘good fats’ proving beneficial to the body. These good fats help lower levels of bad fats and cholesterol in the blood stream, as well as keeping you fuller for longer. The amazing Brazil nut also contains high levels of selenium, helping to upregulate thyroid function, which in turn raises your metabolic rate, causing you to burn fat. Add nuts as a snack between meals for a nutritious protein boost. Don’t forget to add in Sheer Strength Labs Testosterone Booster to help convert this protein into lean muscle.
First high fat nuts, now pure fat. No, this isn’t a joke, coconut oil is a pure fat helping you burn fat. The reason for this is coconut oil contains high amounts of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s). MCT’s have been shown to increase the metabolism and actively promote the burning of fats for energy. There has been much attention lately on these MCT’s, and there’s a reason for this, they work! Now don’t go out and start drinking glasses of coconut oil in the hope of suddenly becoming a fat burning machine. The secret here is, as with anything, little and often. Simply use unrefined coconut oil for all your frying and baking, and even consider adding a spoonful a day to your diet.
Everybody loves coffee, right? So there’s a good chance you already include it in your diet. If you don’t, you should consider adding it as it is a highly potent, fat burning tool. Of course, it is the high caffeine content of coffee makes it so great at shedding the pounds. It does this in two ways. First, caffeine ups your metabolic rate, forcing your body to burn more calories. Second, a nice mug of coffee gives you a great energy boost, helping you to train harder than you normally would.
The dangers of drinking large amounts of coffee are well known, it can raise your blood pressure, putting strain on your cardiovascular system, and you can even become addicted. But, when caffeine intake is timed right, for example in the morning and before workouts, it becomes a potent fat burner. Try not to add loads of sugar and cream to your coffee, though, as this not only adds unnecessary empty calories but decreases the absorption of caffeine. Add Sheer Strength Labs Pre-Workout Powder to your pre-gym stack for a really great session.
Jonathan Warren is a national level physique competitor and personal trainer with multiple certifications including NASM, NCCPT, and IKFF. His specializations include mobility training and corrective exercise as well as contest preparation.
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