What Foods Burn Fat?

Do you want to know what foods burn fat? The foods listed below can be used to magnify the effects of your diet and exercise plan, leading to more fat loss.

You and I both know that exercise is essential for shedding fat. It helps create that calorie deficit you need to lose pounds.

And you know that eating less is probably a good idea too...


Are there any foods that help burn fat? I love to eat (is that bad?). If there are, could you list 2 or 3?

BTW - I love the emails, keep ‘em coming!

Randy D.

Hey Randy, in fact there are. So how about this... instead of 2 or 3, why don’t I just go ahead and give you the first 7 I can think of?

Some of these foods might just surprise you…

Before I get started, though, I want to be crystal clear. Even though these foods my boost your metabolism for a short time, or help you to burn more fat, if you eat more calories that you burn each day - no matter where those calories come from - you won’t lose weight.

That means that just adding these foods to your diet is not going to work on its own. They are an enhancement to the fat burning process, not a substitute for it.

So, what foods burn fat? Ok, I have kept you in suspense long enough...


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  1. Cayenne pepper. On any list of what foods burn fat, cayenne pepper is likely to be near the top. The capsaicin in these peppers is considered to be one of the best spices in the world for burning fat. That’s because of the thermogenic effect it creates in your body. It raises your body temperature slightly for a few hours, which boosts your metabolism... that’s part of the reason some people sweat when they eat spicy foods... It also slightly increases your heart rate, which also boosts your metabolism for a short time after you eat.

    I just want to remind you again (I might do this a few times in this article, because people mess this up all the time) that just because you put hot sauce on it doesn’t mean you can pound 7-layer burritos until you burst. Adding a little spiciness to a good, balanced, low calorie diet is the right approach.

  2. Cinnamon. This one might surprise you. Not many people would not expect to see something like cinnamon on a list of what foods burn fat. That is because most of us immediately picture a cinnamon bun. But, research has shown that a quarter of a teaspoon (1/4 of a teaspoon) of cinnamon added to your food will help you metabolize the sugar twenty times faster than normal. This helps to lower the blood sugar levels in your body. Spikes in blood sugar signal your body to store fat, so this is a good thing. Sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon in your coffee, on fruit or anything else that would taste good with some cinnamon added to it. Just don’t overdo it. (You should read that as “slowly back away from the cinnamon bun.)

  3. Ginger. Another sweet spice that might surprise some folks. Ginger helps expand your blood vessels, which helps your muscle cells use more oxygen. This increases your body temperature and can boost your metabolism by up to twenty percent (20%) for a short period of time. Ginger is definitely a fat burning food that deserves a second look.

  4. Garlic. Besides keeping vampires at bay, garlic regulates blood sugar. Also, Like many of the spices on this list of what foods burn fat, garlic is a mild thermogenic and raises your body temperature slightly. Again, this causes your body to burn fat faster.

  5. Citrus Fruit. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons and even limes have a lot of vitamin C in them. Vitamin C has a fat burning component in it. Specifically, vitamin C is vital to the production of the amino acid L-caritine, which your body actually needs to burn fat.

  6. Berries (and Apples) Most fresh fruits contains what is known as pectin. However, berries and apples have a lot of it. Pectin is a soluble fiber that helps you to not only feel fuller longer, but also regulate spikes in blood sugar.

  7. Ice cold water. Drinking ice water, some research studies have shown, may help increase your metabolism. Turns out that before you can digest the water your body actually needs to warm it up before it can use it. That uses some extra calories. I even read recently if you stick to the eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day, you can burn up to 70 extra calories.

So there you are - 7 foods that help burn fat. I am going to keep expanding this list, but these will get you started.


If I said it once, I’ve said a trillion times - none of these things are a magic bullet. They can only enhance a good diet and exercise plan, not replace it.

There might be a few surprises on my list of what foods burn fat, but you also probably see a lot of common sense on there as well.

So, make a grocery list, and start putting some of these foods in the rotation!

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