29 Best Fat Burning Foods to Include in Your Diet

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / February 17th, 2019

1. Garlic

Garlic, 20 Best Fat Burning Foods

Garlic can help with weight loss because it’s rich in a compound called allicin, which gives garlic its familiar odour when it’s chopped or crushed. Allicin has many health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The main benefit is that it’s a heart-healthy food, since it helps to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress that in turn protects the cardiovascular system.

Allicin also helps to support good metabolism which in turn helps us burn more calories both at rest and when we’re active. The better our metabolism, the higher our calorie burn and the more effective our fat burn and weight loss.

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) guidelines recommend 2 to 5 grams of fresh garlic daily, which is around one clove (or 0.4 to 1.2g dried garlic powder). Garlic is great for adding flavour, so add it to soups, stews, salad dressings, meats and vegetable dishes.

Cooking garlic at a high temperature can damage allicin, so eat it raw, if you (and those in close proximity to you) can handle it! Or, add it right at the end of the cooking process to help keep it as raw as possible.


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