Not all food and drinks have to contain thermogenics such as chilli. peppers, spices or caffeine to be good at burning fat. In fact, many of the best foods for fat burning are those that encourage the growth of lean muscle mass such as protein, as well as both soluble and insoluble fibre, and even carbohydrate...yup, you heard that right...Carbs!
The grain-like seeds of Quinoa is both protein and starchy carb rich, and is a must in any fat loss regime! A cup full of the stuff provides you with 8g protein (that’s about the same as 2 small eggs) and 5g carbohydrate, as well as iron, zinc, selenium and vitamin E. Quinoa is especially good for fat loss because it provides nutritional balance! Nutritional imbalances are one of the main reasons for fat storage, if your body doesn’t know when its next carbohydrate intake is coming, it’ll automatically store fat for a rainy day. Deliver a slow releasing carbohydrate source that is also protein dense to give your body a chance to digest, absorb and actually use the carbohydrate you consume.
Quinoa is also the most protein dense grain on the planet, which means it is also high in soluble and insoluble fibre, the cumulative benefit of this is that it 1.) Makes you feel fuller for longer, and 2.) Speeds up the transit rate of fat through the digestive tract. This means you feel satiated (fuller) quicker, and that your body excretes more dietary fat in the toilet meaning you absorb and store less.
Eggs are hard to beat (excuse the pun) when it comes to fat loss, considered to be one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet, the egg is as good for weight management as it is versatile in the kitchen! They also contain 6-7g of protein, 5g of fat which is ideal for all of the fat soluble vitamins (vitamin A, D, E and K) eggs contain, iron, carotenoids, and just 75 calories.
And don’t worry about the cholesterol present in eggs, a study from 2000, by the American Heart Association found that dietary cholesterol has little to no effect on your bodies actual cholesterol levels, so eggs definitely get the green light! Just be aware not to exceed 300mg of cholesterol a day to be safe, so 2-3 whole eggs is fine, plus you can always remove the yolk (where the cholesterol is stored) should you wish to consume more.
The protein density of eggs help you to feel fuller for longer, this is due to the complexity of their chemical structure which slows digestion and expends more calories to breakdown.