4 Comfort Foods that Burns Belly Fat

by Kevin DiDonato, MS, CSCS, CES

You may be wondering how you can survive the dead of winter and still burn fat.

Well, luckily for you, we have FOUR of the best comfort foods that may help keep you in fat burning mode.

Four Comfort Foods That Burn Fat

The number one concern for most people during the Holidays is how to avoid gaining weight – or more importantly –fat.

With all those tasty snacks, rich pies, or cheesecakes at your fingertips, it may be very easy to throw caution to the wind and enjoy them…

…and gain a few pounds in the process!

But, luckily for you, we have FOUR common comfort foods that people enjoy during the Holidays that may keep you warm and cozy AND help you burn fat in the process.

Here are the FOUR foods:

1. Hot Cocoa

Cocoa itself has powerful antioxidants and other compounds that may lower your inflammation and cortisol levels.

And this may lead to lower fat gain, due to the lower cortisol levels.

Plus, if you add a touch of cinnamon, you may be able to control your blood sugar levels, which could lead to less fat gain.

Tip: Commercial hot cocoa may be loaded with refined sugar, which could spike your insulin levels and cause fat gain.  Add a touch of cocoa to some steamed milk for a fat-busting comfort drink.

2. Pumpkin

This low-calorie food is bursting at the seams in nutrition.

Pumpkin contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are necessary for lowering inflammation in your body – and that includes in your fat cells.

Tip: Pumpkin can be added to protein shakes and other recipes to yield a lower calorie, healthier snack.  Stay away from pumpkin pie, however.  The added sugar and refined carbs found in pumpkin pie may ADD to your waistline instead of taking away from it.

3. Chili

A cup of chili contains MANY different fat-busting nutrients.

It contains fiber (in the beans), protein (from both vegetable and non-vegetable sources), and capsaicin (from the chili peppers), which makes this soup a pretty solid fat burner.

Plus, the protein found in the chili may help build lean muscle mass, which further spikes your metabolism and increases your fat burning.

Tip: Make your own chili at home.  Canned chili or even restaurant chili may contain excess sodium, which leads to dehydration and possible bloating.   When making your own chili, you have more control over WHAT goes into your chili.

4. Potatoes

Many people stay far away from potatoes in fear they will gain fat.

The truth is: Potatoes contain potent vitamins, minerals, and carbs that may lead to greater fat LOSS then fat gain.

Compounds found in potatoes may also lower inflammation, which could lead to a much smaller you.

Tip: Roast potatoes in the oven for greater fat burning benefits.  Most mashed forms of potatoes contain heavy cream and loads of butter, which adds to your caloric intake.  Roasting potatoes with olive oil and herbs (such as rosemary and garlic) may add to the flavor and to your fat burning bottom line.

Make Fat Burning Easy This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time of great stress, with entertaining family, friends, and out-of-town relatives.

And with high-calorie, fat-inducing foods at your fingertips, the holidays are often a time when your fat loss goals take a back seat.

Don’t let the holidays ruin it for you!

Including these FOUR comfort foods – in the healthiest ways possible – may lead to greater fat and overall weight loss results.

Start enjoying your holidays and burn a little fat in the process.

About Mark


Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.