9 Foods to Burn Those Extra Calories

Well, if you are thinking how eating something can reduce weight, let me tell you I thought the same a while ago. Nevertheless, some food can actually aid in losing weight.

Because of changing trends where majority of manual work is now replaced by machines, obesity has become a great problem. And as we are getting more aware about the same, people are relying on different methods to get fit. Cardio jogging, heavy workouts in the gym, cutting on diet and practicing yoga are some of the means. Yet another adjuvant to the mentioned methods is taking food that can cut down some calories. These foods can work in many ways. For example, they increase the metabolic rate, aid the hormones that are essential in dispensing fat, cleanse the body, or add fibre content to the food thereby cutting on calories intake.

Here is a list of 9 such food that can accentuate weight loss:

Hot Peppers

Hot peppers in weight lossIf you’re not a fan of chilies, you might want to change your preferences. Truly speaking I wasn’t a fan either, but when the increased weight had me bothered I began taking black pepper mixed in a glass of warm water and half to full lemon after a nice workout. Peppers, particularly chilies and jalapenos, have fat burning property. They contain capsaicin which lowers fat by oxidizing it. Also, peppers can augment metabolic rare, which increases calories burning.

Whole Grain

Whole grain in weight lossTaking whole grain instead of other varieties of processed grain helps in reducing weight faster. The more amount of fibre doesn’t add many calories to your food intake. It also augments burning some extra calories.

Coconut Oil

Coconut benefitsCoconut oil is one of the healthiest oils giving tough competition to olive oil for its heart benefits. This oil is a good source of medium chain triglycerides. The good thing about these fatty acids is that our body utilizes them even before you notice. No storage of fat, no weight gain. [Also read: Cooking oils]


Almonds in weight lossAlmonds have been long known for their health benefits. Apart from various other benefits they can also help in reducing weight. Almonds are rich source of protein, while not much on fats. Also, they increase the metabolic rate leading to burning of calories. [Also read: Health benefits of almonds]


BananasAlthough banana may not directly result in weight loss, they have some role in fat metabolism. One explanation is that banana contains some resistant starch which isn’t digested by our digestive system but the symbiotic bacteria convert them into fatty acids. This promotes fat metabolism and restrict fat accretion. [Also read: Health benefits of Bananas]


lentils in weight lossLentils are commonly known as Dal in India. They are excellent source of proteins and iron. Having adequate amounts of iron in body ensures the metabolism is at its best. Lesser carbs and more protein ensure you’re adding more to the muscles mass than the fat reserves. Use unpolished dals for maximum results as they also contain good amount of fibre. [Also read: Unpolished dal versus polished dal]

Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli Rabe in weight lossFirst of all, I am not talking about the famous broccoli. Broccoli rabe is a green cruciferous vegetable different from broccoli. Commonly it’s known as rapini. Broccoli rabe comprises of phytonutrient sulforaphane. This compound is responsible for stimulating an enzyme in our body that stimulates adipose tissues in burning fat.




Grapefruit in weight lossGrapefruit is another fruit that burns excessive calories by augmenting the metabolism. It should not be confused with grapes. Grapefruit looks like an orange from outside, is a subtropical citrus fruit. It’s also rich in fibre that again accentuates weight loss by decreasing carb intake, improving digestion and bowel function. Fibre also helps in regulating blood glucose levels.


Zucchini in weight lossZucchini is a rich source of Vitamin C and potassium. It also has chlorophyll that helps in cutting down some calories. It can be used as salad, or in form of smoothies or juice.