Foods That Burn Fat – Soybeans
When we’re talking about foods that burn fat we must talk about soybeans (or edamame). Not only is it tasty on its own merit, soybeans in their many forms can be consumed so easily in many different ways.
Let’s first discuss why soybeans, and protein in particular, is important as a fat burning food source. Protein is (or should be) your secret fat loss weapon for a couple of reasons. First, very few things require as much energy to process and absorb as protein based foods and drinks.
No, protein doesn’t burn fat. Your body burns the fat in the form of calories while it’s working to process the protein. So the secret isn’t to eat nothing but soy foods, but to smartly add them to your diet and make proteins a prominent player, replacing less valuable and higher calorie foods.
The other reason to add soybeans to your weight loss / fat burning plan is because muscles burn fat. You’ll find that once you’ve reached your ideal weight and size, and have added more muscle to your frame, that staying thin and healthy will be easier because of precisely that… those muscles will work for you to burn excess calories and fat. Starting out on a new diet really is the most difficult part which is why so many people never attain their goals. But for those who can stick with it long enough, the scales will begin to tip and you’ll see the results that you’ve dreamed of.
I’m not suggesting that you begin bodybuilding. But all of us can benefit from more muscles. While it’s the subject of another conversation, your goal should be to add muscle mass to every part of your body, especially those muscle groups that you rarely use because they’ll be the easiest to train and grow ounce for ounce. Have you seen people who seem to have muscle definition on their arms, legs, backs… everywhere? That’s what I’m talking about. We’ll discuss Plyometric exercises in a later post which can help you gain muscles in areas where you may have little now.
Finally, did you know that soy may also help lower your blood pressure, cholesterol and even help prevent breast cancer? It is truly a phenomenal food that is readily available, affordable and easy to cook with and use. You can even get the benefits of added protein from soy shakes and drinks.
Recipes For Fat Burning Soy
So how do you add more soy and protein to your diet? Lots of people like to keep fresh edamame around for finger food snacks. You can dip them in your own sauce (think mustard, olive oil and lime), throw them in your gym bag, steam them for a warm side or add them to a vegetable soup.
As I mentioned already, soy protein shakes are also great, but I prefer to get nutrients from eating and instead drinking simple, pure water to help detox (which is the topic of yet another discussion). Tofu is something you either love or hate… there is no in between. It’s an acquired taste, but the benefits are really huge for eating this wonder food. If you’re in the “hate it” category, start by getting the heavily flavored tofu and eating it with other foods. Mixing in chunks of tofu into your salad is a great way to eat it. Before you know it you’ll be eating tofu and liking it. Tofu isn’t some weird concoction that has earned its hippy food stigma. Coffee is something people either love or hate, too. Tofu has just taken some time to catch on in many western cultures.
Start using Miso when you’re making soups, sauces and dips. Miso is simply a soybean paste that is made by fermenting the beans. Another way, that you perhaps hadn’t considered, to get soy into your diet is to use the meat-substitute products you find at your local grocer. Soy burgers and patties are a great example, but as in ALL foods, be certain to check the ingredient label and buy foods that are wholesome and not loaded with salts and synthetic additives (flavors, colors, etc…) or unhealthy fats and sugars.
If you lean on soy, if you’ll let it flex for you, then be prepared to be amazed at how much quicker you’re able to lose fat and shed the pounds, and also at how much better you feel and look. Here’s is an awesome and little known gem of a book which you can check out at Amazon if you really want to make soybeans a larger part of your diet… The Complete Soy Cookbook.
If you remember only one thing from this post, let it be that Soybeans are a superfood and also one of the best foods that burn fat.