Imagine every time you ate something you got a bit thinner. It’s a fantastic thought, isn’t it? Sadly, that’s all it is: fantasy. That’s right, consuming certain foods won’t make you weigh less. Still, that doesn’t stop many people from buying into the myth. As such, this article will attempt to clear up the misconception.
Let’s start with the most commonly cited fat burning food: celery. The claim is that you burn more calories to digest it that it actually contains. Therefore, the more you eat, the more you lose.
Now, while it’s true that some calories get used up during the digestion process, you still end up in a positive balance. In other words, you end up weighing more – even if it’s only a slight amount. But that goes for any food – celery or otherwise.
Next, there’s grapefruit. Thanks to my parents, I actually grew up believing the myth about this one. Supposedly, its acidity helps “melt the fat away”. Of course, as I write this, that claim seems absurd. And it is. Nevertheless, I’m sure I’m not the only who fell for this one (don’t feel bad if you did too).
OK, so we’ve established that eating foods – of any kind – won’t burn fat directly. But indirectly, well… that’s a different story. You see, while you can’t lose weight by eating, eating the right foods can help you lose weight.
Confused? Here’s how it works…
When your diet consists of natural, whole foods that keep you full and satisfied, you’ll end up burning fat over time. That’s because:
- It’s very hard to overeat when it comes to real food. Therefore, you’ll be consuming the right amount of calories to get and stay slim.
- Your body will be better able to process those calories and use them efficiently rather than store them.
It’s a double fat-loss whammy if you will.
So, what are these natural, whole foods? In short, you can’t go wrong if you avoid anything that comes in a box or a package. Stick to the periphery of your grocery store and avoid the inner isles where all the processed junk resides.
Better yet, skip the supermarket altogether and hit a farmer’s market instead. Not only will you find the freshest produce that aids weight loss and promotes health, you’ll also be helping your local community. It’s a win-win overall.