My list of fat-burning foods…

Bonjour,

After my last week’s post ‘You Can’t Detox, It’s A Myth‘, I received a lot of questions like this one: “I always felt there was something wrong with detoxing… But is there anything I can do to lose the few kilos I put on over the silly season…?”

Great news! You definitely can get rid of these few kilos without having to starve yourself or live off green juices! 

With my private clients or in my online programs (next program to be launched very soon – stay tuned!), I extensively cover all you need to do to be in a constant fat-burning mode -while still eating for pleasure, critical for sustainable changes. Here is a list of some of my favourite fat-burning foods, which also can help you get healthier. Most of them are part of the traditional French diet that makes the French one of the slimmest and healthiest peoples in the world. Super charge your diet with them and you’ll see result quite quickly – if, of course, you stop indulging too much.

  • Espelette pepper, metabolism booster

piments-d-espeletteEspelette pepper from the Basque region in the south west of France is one of the best types of pepper, literally worshipped by the best chefs. However the simple cayenne pepper offers the same benefits: it boosts our metabolism helping burning fat.

  • Lemon, your liver’s BFF

I have posted many times on this but lemons are your best friend when it comes to weight loss. It help you digest and process fat and proteins. The best tip: have some lemon warm water (1/2 lemon juice in hot filtered water) every morning 20 minutes before breakfast to boost and support your liver. Also click here to find out the 20 reasons why this so simple tip has been in my families for generations.

  • IMG_7726Apple, fat trap

The type of fibres in apples traps part of the fat you eat and eliminates it straight away. Fabulous consumed as a snack (with a piece of cheese) or after eating for maximising its benefits or before to stop hunger.

By the way, the way the French snack is one of their best secrets to stay slim: find out more in my previous blog ‘Healthy Snacks, the French Way’ here).

 

  • Vinegar, fat-burning champion

It slows down digestion, balances out blood sugar level and stops fat storage. The best is unpasteurised apple cider vinegar. Use it as much as you can! Salad dressing is one of the best options to have your daily amount of vinegar. Check this traditional French dressing recipe in one of my previous blogs here.

  • Full fat dairy, grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, organic eggs, beans, lentils… High thermogenic effect!

All these foods are very high in proteins: not only proteins require a lot of energy to be digested -which help burn fat!- but also make you feel satisfied – which help you eat less. Have some clean proteins (full fat NOT low fat dairy, grass-fed NOT conventional meat, wild-caugh NOT farmed fish, organic eggs NOT free range/caged eggs) at each meal. If you don’t eat  animal products, have plenty of beans, lentils but also quinoa, chia seeds… The choice is endless!

  • Oats, to feel satisfied

Just like in apples, fibres in oats trap and eliminate part of the fat you eat. Also as they help stabilise blood sugar level, they reduce cravings and am/pm crashes, well known to encourage binge eating. Ideal breakfast (home made porridge or muesli) and snacks… 

  • Coffee, surprisingly a fantastic fat-burning food

coffee yvesIf you’ve been following me for a while and read one of my previous posts ‘The Benefits of Coffee’ , you know that I LOVE coffee, for its taste but also for its health benefits. And guess what? Coffee has been proven to help burn fat too! However moderation and quality are key just like everything in the French approach to food: organic, fair trade and 2 (3 max) cups a day, otherwise it would trigger stress leading you to store fat (stress is one of the key contributors to weight gain). 

  • Green tea, not so French but…

Not so French but so helpful. The theine in green tea fastens metabolism and tannin promotes process fat elimination – not to mention the high antioxidant level helping to prevent and fight cancer.

 So…I would love to hear from you now. What is YOUR favourite fat-burning food? Any other ones missing in this list? Tell me!

Bon appetit!

Yves

PS.1. Next week, I’ll show you that kale is NOT the best leafy green vegetable… You’ll be surprised by all the other options!

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15 Comments
  1. Thankyou for your advice on healthy living .

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    • My pleasure, Joan! So happy you enjoy my blog. Yves

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  2. Kia ora my name is Ripeka Wilcox i have a few problems but basically it all adds up to lots of weight from medication heart condition stress i try to do the right thing but not so easy when you have children grandchildren and a hubby who still wants to eat what he has been used to all his life and he is still slim
    I need energy just support motivation and good nutrion

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    • Thanks a lot Ripeka! I hope my weekly newsletter will help and support you! Yves

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  3. thank you, lately my husbands family have been all jumping on the ‘isogenocs’ band wagon, they are loosing the weight rapidly and I’m seeing the side effects to lack of eating, rapid, rapid weight loss, consuming bulk ‘vitamins’. To me its about how I feel not how I look, the more I worry about the scales the less positive I feel. I ‘listen’ to my body and recognise what it needs and when it needs it. Your tips above are exactlly the things I love to read about. I have never believed in diets and weight loss in a pill, lifestyle changes and attitude towards food is how I see it. I Love your website.

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    • Thank you so much for your support, Joanne! Your approach to food and life is fantastic! Keep up the good work. Yves

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  4. Awesome blog I live a busy life so simple local ingredients & useful motivational tips works for me.

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    • Thank you so much for your support Shaneen. Yves

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  5. Coming to your site rather late in the day -but glad to see I can catch up here. My 18 months in Switzerland taught me some good food habits although my origins are British. Start my day with nuts, seeds, oats and coffee.l Consuming less and less wheat (glyphosates?) and prefer barley, whole rye, oats and sarrazin, chia and flax seeds. Please include me in your mailings Like the way you think! My scottish mother boasted that although cash was in short supply “we never ate margarine”! Please include me in future mailings. idm (Montreal, QC)

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    • Thank you so much! I’ll put you on the emailing list. What is your first name? Have a great day.

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    • Hi Isabel

      Sorry, I did not see your first name before… And I can confirm you’re on the list now. Next newsletter will be sent tomorrow! Have a great day. Yves

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  6. Could I please have your nutrition tips
    Thank you

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    • Hi Anne
      I will put your name and email address in my database so you can receive the newsletter.
      Have a beautiful day.
      Yves

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  7. Hi Yves

    Can you add me to your mailing list for your nutritional hints and tips please. I have fibromyalgia and Im trying to support my body through food. Its working so far but feel I need more ideas now to lose the extra weight. Many thanks !

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    • Hi Lesley,
      Very happy to add you to my list. I’ll do it very shortly.
      I hope my tips you’ll be useful.
      If you have any question do not hesitate to contact me.
      All the best,
      Yves

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