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10 foods to help burn fat

10 foods to help burn fat

Looking to shift fat but not so keen on dieting? We hear you. And while ‘fat-burning’ food sounds too good to be true, there’s certainly a few diet tricks that – along with an effective Hussle routine – can help your body put on its best fat-melting performance!

Food helps you torch fat in several ways. From revving your metabolism to helping you feel fuller for longer. All you need do to reap the benefits is eat them regularly.  


Who likes curries? Great if you do. Capsaicin – the spicy compound in cayenne peppers – raises your body temperature and speeds up your metabolism. And cayenne peppers contain a lot! Which is why it’s a popular ingredient in fat-burning supplements.


Scientifically proven! Cinnamon contains an essential oil that activates thermogenesis (when the body warms up, boosting metabolism).  Even better, it’s packed with antioxidants. And the great taste means you can add it to lots of foods – smoothies, curries, cakes – even coffee!


Scrambled or sunny-side up – however you like them, eggs are potent fat-shifters. They’re rich in choline, a major fat-burning nutrient which turns off the genes that store belly-fat. A great breakfast choice for slimmers!


The high-fibre content of broccoli takes some effort to digest which uses lots of energy. It also takes toxins and fat along with it as it moves along the digestive tract, boosting its fat-burning powers.


Grab a grapefruit for breakfast. They’re high in enzymes that help your body break down sugar and high in phytochemicals that help burn fat efficiently. What’s more, they also give your metabolism a mighty boost.


Perhaps the greatest news ever! Reach for that morning cup of coffee with gusto because the caffeine gives a hefty kick to your metabolism. Studies also show that a cup of coffee before working out boosts the calorie-burn.  Just go easy on the milk and sugar!


Coffee not your thing? No worries – if there is such a thing as a fat-melting tea, this is it. Studies show the high levels of catechins in green tea help the body use more energy. One study showed that a cup of green tea before exercising raised fat oxidation rates in men by 17%. Worth a quick brew!


The thermogenic effect of garlic helps you burn more fat. What’s more, its oil slows the process of fat accumulation in the body. If you can handle it raw, it’s even more powerful. Try chewing a clove in the mornings (guaranteed to wake you up!)


The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar suppresses brain areas that help control appetite. What’s more, it helps lower blood sugar levels, boosts metabolism and reduces fat and sugar production in the liver. A tablespoonful a day will do it.


Packed with polyphenol antioxidants, these colourful guys help prevent fat cells forming. They also improve blood flow to your muscles so boost your Hussle benefits.  Pop some into your smoothie for extra fat-burning power.

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Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.