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Updated: Jan 16, 2019

Ok, so now I've got your attention... 'Fat loss foods' is a term that gets thrown around a lot, however it can also be a little misleading. Here's what you need to know:

Lean meats, green veg and other foods we would typically class as healthy options will often be branded as 'fat loss foods' based on the way we associate them with weight loss. Overeat on these foods however, and you'll still put on weight - just as you would with 'unhealthy' foods!

Whilst some foods will have a greater thermic effect (thermic effect refers to the total energy expended during the digestion process), don't expect to start shredding pounds just by including these foods within your diet. For reference, proteins yield the greatest thermic effect, carbs are second, and fats produce very little.

In truth, the real fat loss foods are going to be those that produce a high sense of satiety at a small caloric cost. For example, if you had 50g of carbs to play with you could choose 250g of sweet potato or 55g of Skittles. Now, as nice as Skittles are, there's only one winner when it comes to which option is going to keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Takeaway Point: always look to incorporate more foods which allow for high volume consumption with low calorie penalties in order to reduce cravings and improve satiety. This is of paramount importance when entering a dieting phase, at which stage we want to be increasingly mindful in the use of our calories.


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