It seems like a silly title for an article. Is there really any difference between fat burning foods for women and fat burning foods for men? Are we that much different? And can certain foods actually burn fat? Well yes and no.
First of all, are there foods that burn fat? Technically yes. Eating and digesting food takes energy and therefore burns calories. This is called the thermic effect of food. You literally burn calories when you eat anything. But certain foods will offset the thermogenic effect and are not conducive to fat loss.
What Are The Best Thermogenic Foods
Typically we think of thermogenic foods as spices like cayenne pepper or caffeine containing drinks such as green tea. This is what Tom Venuto, author of Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle, has to say about that:
Well-controlled research has also proven that a compound in green tea called epigallo-catechin gallate (EGCG) gives a small but significant increase in 24 hour metabolic rate. It would take 3-4 strong cups of green tea to get the necessary amount, 270-300 mg of EGCG, or it can also be obtained from green tea extract supplements.
However, there is a catch. The fat burning (thermogenic) effect of these foods is real, but very small. A study published in the European Journal of clinical Nutrition found that a dose of hot pepper (in an amount that could be tolerated), only increased metabolism by 21 calories. Green tea extract fared a little better, but not much. Research from Switzerland found an average 24 hour increase in metabolism of 79 calories. – Tom Venuto
Foods like green tea and spices are nutritious and are great to include in your diet, but they won’t perform miracles as far as burning fat is concerned.
Foods that do have a high thermogenic effect are lean proteins such as lean beef, chicken or turkey breast, buffalo or bison, most fish and other seafood, game meats and eggs (particularly egg whites). You want to stick with lean protein for maximum thermic effect since dietary fat has the lowest thermic effect.
Research has proven that the thermic effect of protein is the highest of all the macronutrients, requiring about 30% of the calories it contains, just for digestion and processing. An added bonus is that lean protein foods suppress your appetite! – Tom Venuto
To read the rest of the Tom Venuto article, go here: Fat Burning Foods & Thermogenic Foods
Fat Burning In Women vs Men
There are differences in the way men and women store body fat. This due in large part to the way that our primary sex hormones (estrogen in women and testosterone in men) work. The differences in insulin sensitivity and fat storage capacity in men and women are due to these differences in our sex hormones.
In general though, the foods that we eat act in basically the same way. Good nutrition works for both men and women.
You should aim to eat a diet that is high in lean protein to target fat loss. But also make sure to keep a good balance of vegetables, essential dietary fats and complex carbohydrates.
Good balanced nutrition is important. Avoid fad or extreme diets. The body is a wonderfully complex machine and works best when in balance.
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