I say “surprise” because ever since I discovered a new way of eating, after YEARS of doing restrictive diets, I finally started burning fat in a way that’s simple and fun, and this new eating plan goes completely against everything I ever believed about nutrition and dieting. So, if you want to know what foods to eat to burn fat, I’m pretty sure, what I’ll discuss here will go against what you’ve been told and what you’ve read in various articles.
I don’t follow the Keto diet. I don’t follow low fat. I don’t follow a low carb diet, although I did for years, and I never really got into the shape I was hoping to get into. I was always trying to get toned and defined, but I could never get away from having a “soft body” with very little definition, no matter what I tried. It wasn’t until I discovered a simple fat burning muscle buiding program that everything changed.
In 2020, I started eating a new way and actually burned off 12 pounds of fat from my body in a few short months. I lowered my body fat percentage and started to actually feel proud of my progress, and was really surprised at the changes I saw in the mirror. I don’t have a perfect body, but I’m happy enough with the journey I’ve embarked on, to the point where I was inspired to create this website. So, let’s get into what foods to eat to burn fat.
Eat Protein – Steak, Chicken, Eggs
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, just find your protein somewhere else. It doesn’t have to come from meats. You’ll find proteins in lots of places. I always have a scoop of whey powder protein after my workout every day, and that takes care of at least 30 grams that I need each day.
The reason I mention protein is that when you get enough protein into your diet each day, it helps speed up your fat loss, which is what the goal is.
I’m not going to write out the calculation here, cause it’s on different pages of this website, but if you want to find out how much protein YOU personally should be taking in each day, this is the page where you can do your own protein needs calculation. You’ll find the info in the “protein” section.
Eat Whatever – But Watch Your Calories
So, aside from knowing how much protein you personally need to eat each day, even MORE importantly is your calorie intake. Visit that same article to calculate your calorie requirements for each day. This combined with your protein calculation is really all you need to know in order to start burning fat from your body.
I’m not going to go into detail here about it because I have in other articles, but you can pretty much eat what you want, if you follow a specific calorie deficit for your body weight combined with your protein goals.
This is how I’ve been able to lose 12 pounds, lower my body fat percentage, all while eating burgers, pizza, ice cream, and whatever else I want to eat. It’s also how my best friend lost 20 pounds in just a few months.
By following this calculation, you should be losing 4 to 5 pounds per months, seemingly without any effort.
Is Pizza, Burgers, & Beer Okay?
Seriously, the first time I even tried to step outside my comfort zone of a restrictive low carb diet, and went this route, I was scared. I remember having my first chocolate bar, which was a Kinder Bar on a Tuesday night…NOT on my usual cheat day of Sunday that I used to do. After I ate it, I was like, WTF did I just do! That’s chocolate – not a chicken breast!
But what’s funny is when I started eating this new way, and I noticed daily, my weight is going down, and my body fat percentage is lowering weekly, what the heck is going on?! How is this working? This makes no sense. But I kept going with it anyway, as I read that you lose 4 to 5 pounds per month doing this.
I became more comfortable eating pizza now and then, and burgers here and there, and at this point, it’s a regular thing. You can even drink beer and alcohol and still burn fat. But I DO watch my calorie and protein intake daily as they are A MUST!
Abandon Your Preconceptions Of Food
I know how conditioned we are, especially when we’ve been told to eat specific foods on specific diets, cause otherwise we’re going to gain weight. But I’m telling you, from my own experience, you have to let go of what was working before and try something new. I’m only writing about this, because I can honestly say without a doubt, that this is the first time I’ve seen changes happening that I’m truly proud of and with minimal effort.
You don’t HAVE to eat strictly plain chicken breasts or salads with no dressing. You don’t have to eat low fat or low carb. Just follow the calculations on this site, and you’ll be good to go. I really want to know what kind of progress you make too.
Not Foods You Were Expecting
This may not have been what you thought you’d read in an article about what foods to eat to burn fat. I don’t think you SHOULD eat McDonald’s every day, but COULD you if you WANTED to and still lose weight?
Yes. The only thing you need to be concerned with if you’re trying to burn fat and lose weight, is eat at a calorie deficit and hit your protein goals. Regarding McDonald’s, there are major concerns that I’d say go along with eating that kind of diet daily, so I personally wouldn’t go that route. But if your goal is to LOSE weight, then you could if you wanted to. That’s the only point I’m trying to make.
It’s really crazy to be writing an article that I would have beat myself up for writing prior to 2020, but my eyes opened to a new world when I discovered this whole concept of eating at a calorie deficit while watching my protein intake. I want to add that I also do intermittent fasting, which you can learn about here.
I also incorporate walking 10,000 steps per day, which isn’t a requirement, but I do believe it will strongly accelerate your results. My goal is to help you find everything you need on this site to help you reach your own fitness goals.
I hope this article was helpful and if you have questions or comments, please leave them below. Thank you for reading!