Top 6 Fat-Burning Foods

Hot peppers contain capsaicin, a thermogenic compound that helps you to melt more calories. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Did you know that some foods can increase your metabolic rate and help you to burn more calories? Here are six of the best (via Health.com):

1. Whole grains. Your body burns twice as many calories in order to digest whole grains in comparison to processed grains.

2. Lean meats. Protein has a high thermogenic effect, which means your body must burn more calories in order to digest it–nearly 30 percent for lean meats. For example, digesting a 300-calorie chicken breast requires about 90 calories.

3. Low-fat dairy products. Dairy is rich in calcium and vitamin D, two essential nutrients for maintaining muscle mass, and in turn, a healthy metabolism.

4. Green tea. The compound EGCG contained in green tea gives your metabolism a temporary boost.Continue Reading …

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