When we talk about “natural” fat burners, most people think about supplements and pills that you can take that will burn off your food. While some of them do work when combined with a good diet and exercise, it isn’t always the best course of action to take. There are many truly natural ways that you can burn fat and lose weight without having to take supplements.
The best thing that you can do is look at your diet and work on specific nutrients that will help you to burn fat as you eat good food and go about your day. So, what are some of the best natural fat burners? Let’s break it down and find out together!
Best Natural Fat Burners You Can Find in Food
When we talk about food here, we are talking about good, whole foods that aren’t processed or filled with chemicals. They are the types of foods that you can buy at the grocery store that have minimal ingredients listed. Of course, there are meals and snacks that have many, many ingredients, but you want to choose foods that have basic ingredients that you understand.
Eat More Protein
Protein-heavy foods will often contain fewer calories than foods with a ton of carbohydrates, which makes them more filling and satisfying (meaning you’ll consume less). A high-protein diet (especially lean proteins like chicken and fish) helps people not only burn fat and build muscle but keep that fat off as well.
In fact, studies have shown that people who eat a high-protein diet are more likely to keep their weight off after they’ve lost it.
Good protein sources include lean chicken, fish, good protein powders, eggs, and plant-based proteins. You just have to be careful to avoid making high-protein meals that are loaded with fat.
Drink Your Caffeine
Coffee isn’t healthy and you should completely cut it out of your diet, right? Wrong! Coffee, green tea, and cocoa beans are all good sources of caffeine and can help you to burn fat. You can get caffeine pills, or you can simply drink more drinks that contain caffeine.
Caffeine boosts your metabolism and helps your body burn fat for a few hours after you drink it — just be careful not to pour too much sugar or cream into that coffee. You can undo all of the good by drinking things that contain too many calories or too much fat.
You have to be careful because too much caffeine can actually make your body tolerate it, so stick with only one or two cups of coffee per day for the best results.
Get Your Polyphenols
You probably see the word “polyphenols” and have no idea what it means, but you definitely eat them already. This is a group of chemicals that are found in many foods, but most notably in vegetables and fruits.
A study found that when you eat a diet with a lot of polyphenols, the bacteria in your intestines support weight loss. You can take these as a supplement as well, but it may be more beneficial to get them straight from the sources, which include:
- Red Wine
- Green Tea
Any excuse to drink some red wine, right?
Get That Soluble Fiber
Your mom wasn’t wrong when she talked about eating your fiber; it is good for you. There are two different types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber helps to absorb the water in your digestive tract. It forms a gel-like substance that keeps you feeling full and curbs your appetite.
Soluble fiber is amazing for your body. It also helps to slow down the delivery of nutrients into your gut, which gives your body more time to absorb nutrients and keeps you feeling fuller longer. This should reduce the number of calories you eat in a day.
Unfortunately, it can be really difficult to get soluble fiber in your diet, so you may need to take a supplement to get the best results.
Use (or Eat) Probiotics
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that work within our bodies to help everything operate better. There are so many great foods that contain probiotics, including kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurts, tempeh, and specially formulated drinks like kombucha. You can also take probiotic supplements.
Your body is home to trillions of bacteria that help to balance out your gut: “good” and “bad” bacteria, but you actually need both. These bacteria can help to play a role in your weight loss and overall metabolism.
Working more probiotics into your diet may help you to feel better and make better choices throughout the day. After all, when we don’t feel great, we always reach for comfort foods which can sabotage our health and weight loss goals.
Have You Heard of Yohimbine?
You probably haven’t heard of yohimbine, which is a natural substance found in the bark of Pausinystalia Yohimbe trees. These trees are native to Central and Western Africa and have been used as an aphrodisiac.
This substance works by blocking the alpha-2 adrenergic receptors. These receptors actually bind to adrenaline to help suppress your metabolism and keep stores of fat in your body for fuel. By blocking them, yohimbine allows your body to burn fat faster. There are also some studies that show it may help to curb your appetite, but there hasn’t been enough research done just yet.
There are some side effects that you need to consider, especially if you have high blood pressure or anxiety. Be sure to read all of the warnings about this product (and any supplement) before you introduce it into your diet.
A Controversial One: Fruit
A lot of people have been told to avoid fruit if they are trying to lose weight because it is high in natural sugar. However, unless you’ve been cutting sugar for a long time or you don’t have a sweet tooth, you are going to crave sugar and sweet foods. Fruit does have sugar, but it is a natural sugar that will cut your cravings and help you skip the ice cream and cookies.
Overall, you’ll consume fewer calories, so fruit is not a bad thing.
Other Natural Fat Burners to Consider
Of course, there are plenty of other ways to burn fat than just consuming different foods. An overall reduction in your daily caloric intake will help you to lose weight and fat. Start living a healthier lifestyle and doing exercises to help with weight loss as well. If you are really struggling, consider going to a nutritionist or dietician to help you. You can also find the support of a weight loss and healthy living community.
Some great all-natural ways to burn fat include:
- Start using a standing desk when you are working if you sit down a lot.
- Park further away from the store when you go so that you can get a walk in.
- Take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator.
- Consider walking or riding a bike for short trips where it is safe to do so.
- Take up a healthy hobby that keeps you moving, such as boating, gardening, or dancing.
- Start planning out your meals so that you can be healthy, and stick to a daily calorie limit.
Keep it simple. You know what it takes to be healthy and burn fat: you need to start by doing more and eating healthier.
Conclusion: Natural Fat Burning Starts Within You
You’ve probably heard the saying before that abs are made in the kitchen, and that’s true for so many people. No matter what you do in the gym or what supplements you take, the food you put into your body is going to be the single determinant of whether or not your diet is successful and if you lose fat. Even if you don’t want to gain weight, most people want to be leaner and have more muscle.
There are plenty of natural ways to boost your fat loss. Most of that just includes eating foods that are healthier for you: those that are high in lean protein, have soluble fiber, and those with polyphenols.
Your daily coffee can even be helpful to help you burn fat if you prepare it the right way. Along with that, just move more, drink your water, and get enough sleep: you’ll see results quickly and most importantly, they will last!