Top Fat Burning Vegetable Foods

By Zoe Glass , last updated March 19, 2012
Thanks to their nutritional properties, vegetables can actually promote fat-burning, boosting your metabolic rate to help you lose pounds. Including a variety of vegetables in your diet helps regulate your digestion, curb your appetite and ensure you have the vitamins you need to sustain health and fitness during weight loss.


Hot chili peppers are among the most potent fat-burning vegetable foods. A 2010 study at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition found that dieters who ate capsaicin, which naturally occurs in chili peppers, burned more calories than dieters who were given a placebo. Not only that, capsaicin is a natural anti-inflammatory, which can help alleviate symptoms of illnesses like asthma and arthritis. If you suffer from an inflammatory disease, eating chili peppers could reduce your symptoms, making it easier for you to exercise and lose weight.

Orange and Yellow Vegetables

According to the book “365 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism,” your body needs vitamin C to make carnitine, an amino acid that helps break down the fat you eat. Ensure you are keeping your body’s fat-burning furnace stoked by eating plenty of orange and yellow vegetables, including carrots, sweet potatoes, sweet peppers and tomatoes, which are all rich in vitamin C. These vegetables are also good sources of carotenoids, an antioxidant phytochemical that supports immunity and can help lower blood pressure.

Leafy Greens

Stock your fridge with leafy greens if you want to lose weight quickly. They have numerous fat-burning benefits; they are low in calories and contain high levels of vitamin C, notes “365 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism.” They are also full of phytochemicals such as lutein; they have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties, according to “The Fat-Burning Bible.” Because leafy greens are high in fiber, they are filling and help regulate blood sugar levels. You can include them in every meal. Add chopped kale to an omelet. Make a salad for lunch; steam collard greens as a side dish at dinner.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Eating plenty of fiber regulates digestion and can help you lose weight, notes James Anderson, author of “Dr. Anderson’s High-Fiber Fitness Plan.” He recommends eating at least three servings per day. Cruciferous vegetables – which include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and rutabagas – offer a potent mix of high fiber and abundant nutrients. They are rich in antioxidants, which support health during exercise. Fresh vegetables are generally the best choice for nutrition. Frozen vegetables retain their fiber, so you can include them in your diet for convenience.
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