Fast Fat Burning Foods

Fast Fat Burning Foods

Are you fed up with that bloated feeling, or that annoying belly fat that just WON’T shift no matter what you do? Well help is at hand I promise, as there are actually certain foods you should be eating to beat this bloat, and incorporating these fast fat burning foods into your diet everyday will get you looking super lean and buff in no time.

Firstly, I’m not going to lie to you, losing fat in the long term does involves taking out of your diet the damaging, toxic, anti-nutrient fats and sugars that we get from fast and fried foods, and replacing them with healthy omega rich fats from certain nuts, seeds, grains, fruits and vegetables.


Take things one step at a time

You don’t need to give everything up straight away, just gradually replace the junk with the good stuff. After all, I’m sure you would like long term health, vitality, clarity, and protection from many diseases as well as this gorgeous body, so every bit of effort you make will be repaid 10 fold.

The list below are the most powerful 10 fat burning foods and should be incorporated into your diet as replacements for some of your less desirable food choices. If you would like a little help on how to start making these changes the easy peasy way then please refer to my post ‘Clean Eating in 10 Easy Steps’.



Fermented foods like miso, tempeh, sauerkraut and plant based yoghurts with added live cultures all contain friendly bacteria which help the gut function better to reduce bloating.



These guys will feed the friendly bacteria (probiotics), therefore helping them to proliferate – eat artichoke, dandelion greens, raw and cooked onion, garlic, leeks, asparagus, oats, wheatbran and bananas for these effects.

3. ALMONDS  almonds are good for the heart

Raw unsalted almonds are a filling and convenient snack containing vitamin E, copper, magnesium, good amounts of filling protein, vitamins and antioxidants. They are also heart healthy as they lower cholesterol, are high in fiber which keeps  you fuller for longer – and as if all that wasn’t enough, about 15% of nuts calories aren’t even absorbed



Walnuts are another wonderful little nut full of ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid) which are healthy omega 3 fats; they also contain the amino acid l- arginine. Both of these are heart healthy and help prevent cardiovascular disease so as well as their fat burning abilities they also have so much more to offer.

Other benefits of the walnut is its fantastic nutritional profile, it is crammed full of molybdenum, biotin, copper and manganese, and is helpful for sperm quality and motility, brain health, type 2 diabetes and is also a powerful anti- cancer antioxidants.

The healthy fats in walnuts help increase metabolism and can reduce muscle inflammation making them a great fat busting food. Just remember to always eat the skins as that is where 90% of the antioxidants reside.

For more about how crazy healthy walnuts are please read my post ‘Amazing Benefits of Walnuts’.

5. HIGH CACAO CHOCOLATE AND CACAO NIBScacao is full of antioxidants  

No, it’s not to good to be true, high cacao content chocolate of at least 70% cacao solids is a fantastic source of magnesium, potassium and many other powerful antioxidants that enhance mood, boost energy, and most importantly burn fat.

Another important aspect of dark chocolate is it contains a chemical called anandamide, which releases feelings of euphoria helping you to feel contented and relaxed (so tell us something we don’t know), and when we feel relaxed we are less likely to indulge in emotional eating patterns.

Just be careful not to overindulge as it is still high in calories, and too much cacao can be over stimulating.



These little seeds are pure healthful superstars: high in protein and a good source of fiber, magnesium, manganese, zinc, phosphorus, copper and iron, they reduce body fat by lowering blood sugar and reducing insulin resistance. They also contain tryptophan which may help you get a restful nights sleep, in turn will suppressing the hunger hormone ghrelin, which will in turn stop you from over eating the next day. Winner!


7. HEMP SEEDShemp seeds contain a complete amino acid profile

A couple of tablespoons of raw shelled hemp seeds added to any meal or snack is a fantastic aid to weight loss, They are not only satiating but high in omega 3’s, and as is the case in other omega 3 boasting foods, have been shown to have anti-obesity properties.

Omega 3’s also help regulate mood, sleep cycles, hormones and reactions to stress. This little seed contains lots of fat busting protein, nutrients and enzymes, AND boasts a full profile of all the essential amino acids.



Nutritional yeast deserves potential superfood and weight loss status due  to its high amount of protein (a whopping 50%), AND for its all round array of B-vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and B12. I

t also comes in high on zinc and fiber and can act as an anti viral, anti bacterial immune booster that promotes healthy skin, hair and nails. Above all it also contains chromium, which helps controls blood sugar making it a good weight control food.

You can also buy chromium in supplement form in much higher doses which may be helpful to you if you are somebody who has sugar/carbohydrate cravings, or blood sugar problems. Find out more here ‘Chromium Picolinate Uses’.



These include beans, lentils, chickpeas and peanuts, which are all full of protein, fiber, minerals and B-vitamins. They are all low GI (Glycemic Index) which is the rate that carbohydrates are turned to sugar in the body – the lower the better. As they release their energy slowly over hours, they sustain you for longer, and are best paired with a low G.I. carbohydrate such as brown rice, wholegrain pasta or quinoa to ensure an even slower release of energy, and a complete amino acid profile.

Black beans, or darker beans such as kidney beans, have higher levels of phenolic compounds which interfere with the absorption of glucose (a good thing), and therefore can help weight management.



Wholegrains include granary bread, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, oats, quinoa, barley and millet. The wholegrain family, as opposed to their refined counterparts, are a much lower GI and are a great source of fiber and B-vitamins.

Quinoa in particular takes the crown here, and quite rightfully so as it is not only a source of carbohydrate, but also protein, omega 3’s AND has a complete amino acid profile. Not only that but it also contains twice as much fiber as other grains, plus iron, magnesium, riboflavin, manganese, antioxidants and lysine which is good for tissue growth repair. It is also low GI, reducing blood sugar, insulin and triglyceride levels.


11. SPIRULINA AND CHLORELLAgreen super food powders detoxify the body and shrink fat cells

More of natures true superfoods – these two are great detoxifiers of heavy metals in the body. Detoxifying the body will kick start your weight loss, as toxins are stored in fat cells which need to keep replicating as we keep putting more bad stuff in and loading them up.

These fresh water algae are one of the highest sources of plant proteins and boast high amounts of vitamin A, magnesium, calcium, iron, and they are also anti diabetic. Chlorella in particular can help ease fibromyalgia.

Another fantastic green powder supplement is DR. SCHULZE’S GREEN ORGANIC SUPER FOOD POWDER which is a high quality and high grade super food powder blend. It contains a mix of spirulina, seaweeds, blue-green algae, other fruits and vegetables, phytonutrients and antioxidants, and is truly worthy of its super food status.

You really feel the boost of energy within 15 minutes of taking this stuff so it’s great when you need a quick energy booster. It also makes your skin glow, aids detoxification which will actually REDUCE fat cells, and it’s a huge immune booster. This one really is a must try so you can feel the benefits for yourself.



This tasty spice can help control weight by keeping blood sugars stable, controlling insulin quantities, AND it also acts directly on actual blood sugar levels. In fact a sprinkle of cinnamon on a meal or with dessert can lower a meals G.I. by a whopping 18-29%. This is unbelievable in terms of potential weight loss benefits.

Cinnamon can also speed up metabolism, suppress appetite, lower cholesterol, control sugar cravings, and best of all, help burn abdominal fat.


Choose the RIGHT cinnamon:ceylon cinnamon is the best type

Make sure you choose a good quality cinnamon as many store bought pots of pre-ground cinnamon may be old, rancid and bulked up with fillers. The best way to use cinnamon is to buy the flaky bark and grind it yourself in either a coffee grinder or a pestle and mortar, this way it will taste fresh, fragrant and delicious, and have all its oils and nutrients in tact.

There are two types of cinnamon, one called Ceylon and one called Cassia. It is important you buy the Ceylon type with the flaky bark (see pic), and not the Cassia which is rolled into a thick hard roll- this one can actually be detrimental to health if taken in high doses. Many pre-ground shop bought cinnamon will be the cheaper Cassia variety and it will rarely tell you on the packaging what you’re getting which is why it’s best to grind your own.

For more about the reasons why you should use Ceylon cinnamon please read here ‘Using Cinnamon for Wight Loss’.



As one of the highest protein vegetables, broccoli is one of my favorite fat burning foods that I eat almost every day. It is full of fiber to keep you feeling full and has a specific phytonutrient that stimulates fat cells, allowing you to burn fat faster.

As another added incentive to eat this fab veg, it has also been found to contain a compound that can convert estrogen (linked to prostate and breast cancers) into a harmless metabolite. So for fat loss terms less estrogen, which has been associated with thigh, stomach and hip fat, means more fat loss.



berries help to burn belly fat specifically


Berries of all kinds are low GI and full of antioxidants and fiber, so they are all very healthful. Antioxidants protect us from cell damage and also help with controlling our weight.

Raspberries and blueberries in particular, boost metabolism and help prevent visceral fat, which is the deep internal stomach fat from forming ( this is the most dangerous kind as it carries a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease). Adding a portion of berries to your daily diet will definitely help keep weight under control. Try adding them frozen into smoothies; frozen fruits and vegetables are often fresher as they are rapidly frozen as soon as they are picked, thus holding in all their nutrients.

15. GRAPEFRUITgrapefruit evens out blood sugar levels

Grapefruit is a great fat buster as it reduces insulin resistance and decreases your blood sugar levels. It contains a chemical that helps prevent the body from storing fat. A study at the Scripps clinic in San Diego discovered that eating half a grapefruit before a meal 3 times a day helped the participants to lose between 1 to 4 pounds per week. This is a finding that cannot be ignored, especially as their diet was the same in every other way.



Bananas actually help to speed up your metabolism and help your body build lean muscle tissue. They come in a handy snack size package and are high in potassium and fiber, keeping you fuller for longer and at only around 100 calories a pop they are a great fat busting option. Read more on the other healthful benefits of the humble banana in ‘Banana Benefits and Facts’.


17. GREEN TEAgreen tea contains the only known source of the antioxidant EGCG

Green Tea is drunk in copious amounts all over Asia and it has served them well. It contains a myriad of antioxidants including the polyphenol EGCG found only in green tea leaves. EGCG is known to improve brain function and physical performance, kill bacteria in the body, is heart friendly and may help prevent type 2 diabetes.

And the best part –  green tea also raises your metabolism which in turn helps you burn fat more efficiently!



A fat that burns fat! Seems to good to be true right? But it’s true, coconut oil’s unique combination of fatty acids will have a powerful effect on your metabolism, helping you to burn fat, especially that dangerous fat from around the middle.

Coconut oil is also great as a body moisturiser, make up remover and hair conditioner. In fact, there are SO many uses for it other than just for consuming as a food. It really is marvelous!



avocados control blood sugar levelsI am deliberately saving the best for last: avocados are the king of all superfoods! Not only when it comes to weight loss, but they have many other fantastic benefits too. Firstly, it has been proven that eating an avocado a day will cause satiety, fill you up, give you a good dose of heart healthy monounsaturated fat, protect eyes from ultra violet light damage, lower bad cholesterol, is antimicrobial, lowers your BMI, and helps you lose that stubborn and dangerous belly fat that we all loathe so much.


Not only that but an avocado contains 20 different vitamins and minerals which gives it the status of one of the BEST fat burning foods around. 



Last but not least, if you really want to up the benefits of these fat burning foods you should also make sure you do some regular fat burning exercises. The more muscle mass you have on your body the more FAT YOU WILL BURN even when you are at rest. So that’s a continual free calorie burn!

Here are some other posts that you may find useful if you really want to get healthy, burn fat, and lower your risk of many diseases.

‘The Importance of Physical Exercise’ 

‘Superfoods on a Budget’


Please feel free to post your questions about diet and weight loss in the comments thread below. I am always happy to hear from you and help out as much as I can. Thanks







Share this article
Stefanie Taylor
I have studied nutrition for many years, and have since discovered that a plant based diet has been the most beneficial to my health and body. I have more energy and zest for life than I have ever had and this website is dedicated to helping others who wish to know more, and start out on this lifestyle.

Leave a Reply

30 Comments on "Fast Fat Burning Foods"

newest oldest most voted
Notify of

I enjoyed my visit on your website today, and it is very useful to know which foods are super fat burning foods to add more to our diets.

I plan to add more of the foods you recommend in my own diet, I know this will help many people to be eating more of the better foods to maintain their weight.


Hi Jeffery,

I am glad I have given you some useful information and that you enjoyed your visit. Brilliant. Feel free to ask me any more questions about diet/ exercise etc if ever you need to in the future. I will be happy to help. Thanks


Well there are definitely a few more foods I’m gonna need to start eating before my holiday. I have to say I’m not a big fan of beans, lentils and chickpeas, it’s just something about they’re texture that puts me off. But I were to have some dinner recipes to include them in then I guess it would be easier to make the effort, like mixing some in with a stir-fry or chilli. Do you know of any dishes I could try?

Hi there, Glad I could be of some help. And yes my absolute favorite recipe is vegan chocolate chilli. i know it may sound weird but it is a thing and you must use really dark chocolate of at least 70% cocoa (which is another fat burning food by the way, as are chilli peppers so you can get them all into the same dish). You basically just need to fry some onions, chillies and garlic in oil then add the spices like cumin, paprika or cayenne if you like it really hot and dry fry for a few minutes… Read more »

I eat 20-25 almonds a day as my pre-lunch snack. One thing that I do with them is soak overnight. This helps to soften nuts a bit so it is easier to digest.


Hi Robert, yes you are right and I will actually update my website to reflect that. Pre-soaking is definitely easier on the digestion, plus it helps activate the digestive enzymes and you will absorb more nutrients. thanks for pointing that out!


Hi, I did not realize that almonds and walnuts were a fat burning food.I always thought that nuts although tasty were full of fats.Thanks for the information, I learned something today that will benefit myself.


Hi Brent,
Yes they are full of fat but in moderate amounts it is a good, heart healthy omega rich fat so you should have a handful of nuts a day (should be unroasted and unsalted for maximum benefits). Also, the fat in them is satiating so you don’t feel the urge to eat other more unhealthy fatty foods. Glad I could be of some help to you

Alok Singh

Very Informative post which opens our eyes to a whole new world of healthy living. The suggestion on ground cinnamon is really fantastic and worth keeping in mind. The light thrown on the nuts which break many of the preconceived notions of the people is also worth emulating and remembering.


Hi Alok, I’m really glad you found my post informative. I myself fit a lot of these foods around my everyday diet and they definitely keep my weight under control. Without a doubt! And yes, the nuts are a great one aren’t they!


This is an interesting piece for me, not only because it gives an insight into how I can melt my unwanted body fat but also because the topic of discussion is similar to article I posted on my website and it compliments my own position. I’m so happy that we are thinking in the same direction. I align with you on this and also wNt to recommend that we should also look at the possibility and benefits of combining two or more of these foods in our daily meal. This is a brilliant piece. Keep it up.

Hi Abi, I’m really glad you found my article interesting. I do try to combine many of these foods into my diet everyday and find that it definitely keeps my weight under control. It’s amazing because I love my food and hate depriving myself and now I don’t have to.And yes, good idea about combining the foods into meals as some people would wonder how to add things easily into their diet. I am interested to look at your site as we are in the same niche so I will have a look proper later when I get back from… Read more »

Hi there, thank you for the awesome list, I truly enjoyed the read. It made me wish you had a free download that I could save in my phone for my shopping trips. Looking forward to more posts.


Hi there, I’m really glad you enjoyed my article and I will be doing a lot more on similar topics as time goes by. That is a great idea about the free download and I will incorporate it in as soon as I learn how to (I am new to this). Please feel free to let me know if you need any more advice or have any more questions as I am here to help people on their weightloss journey.


Hi. I am happy to find in your article that cinnamon help control bodu weight and sugar blood level. Thank you for the useful article.


Hi Melani, thankyou and I’m glad the article has helped you

Rita chelton

I found your article very helpful. There a few things I couldn’t but I’m sure that if. I include some of the fruits I should see some results. I have also started to drink a lot more water. Thank you for your advice Rita


Hi Rita,
I’m really glad you found my post helpful. Drinking more water alone will give your overall health a massive boost so keep up the good work. Thanks for your comment.


Interesting and beneficial article on super fat burning foods, I am happy to see many of the foods on your list I am eating regularly.

When I do indulge I eat dark chocolate, I do feel satisfied and content after eating dark chocolate. I eat a dark chocolate bar about once a week to ten days, this has not caused me any weight problems I am happy to say.

stefanie taylor

Hi Jeffrey,

I’m glad to hear you are eating a good amount of these foods as they are also very healthy. I know what you mean about dark chocolate, I love it and eat it every day….probably way to much!! But it’s my only vice 🙂


The entire list looks delicious. Avocados are one of my favorite foods and you cannot go wrong with dark chocolate (well, unless you are allergic to it or something). I have seen nutritional yeast in many vegan recipes, but I am a little intimidated to find it in the grocery store. Any tips?

stefanie taylor

Hi there,

Thanks for reading my article and yes I love all those foods also, I try to eat most of them every day and I’m pretty sure they work even better together. (Especially the chocolate!) As for nutritional yeast, I have never seen it in your average supermarket but you can usually get it in health food stores, if not you could try online. It is pretty inexpensive to buy.

Hope this helps.



Wow I had no idea some of these foods were actually good to burn fat and help you stay healthy. Especially chocolate.

I am one who is very skinny so this doesn’t really apply to me, but I plan on working out soon so if I ever do need to a cut and burn off a few extra pounds of fat while building muscle — it is good to know there are tasty and healthy foods that do this.

Hi Micheal, I am glad you are lucky enough not to have to worry about your weight. I, however have struggled with it all my life, hence the reason for getting into the nutrition and fitness industry. I eat these foods every day and find they really do work, and isn’t it fantastic about chocolate? Mind you, it only applies if you don’t go over board. Anyway, it is fantastic that you will be working out soon, it really will make you feel amazing. When you do start working out be sure to check out my post on Best Plant Based… Read more »

Very helpful article! I have learnt many things from your site. I saw your comment on my blog and it led me here:) I have written about avocado and banana but did not know there are many other foods out there to help contribute to weight loss.

Here is my article on ways to lose belly fat. It is not necessarily about nutrition since I have added exercises as well.

Feel free to leave me a comment and a link as well and I will sure follow up with your article!


Hi Kien, I am glad you found my article helpful, I always like to provide value and I think we can learn from each other. I’m also always on the lookout for new information in the weight loss industry so I will definitely head over to your site and take a look. Thanks


Thank you for this powerful article. I had been looking for information like this already. I am trying to lose weight, and I have lost a lot, but somehow my belly fat is not shrinking like it should. THere are some foods you mentiond that I did not know were beneficial when it comes to losing belly fat, especially chocolate and cinnamon. Of others I was aware of, like grapefruit.

I would like to know if there are some foods that prevent belly fat loss?



Wow, I’m so happy to know that most of the foods on your list of fast fat burning foods are my favorites even without knowing how they can help lose weight.

I really love broccoli, bananas, grapefruits, and avocados. I also enjoy almonds,walnuts and whole grain breads and cereals.

I guess I’m gonna have to replace my regular coffee with green tea. Thanks you for such an informative post.