Thanksgiving is officially over.
If you’re like me, chances are you spent the last four or five days Going Ham on leftovers.
This is perfectly acceptable and I would actually be quite upset with you if you didn’t.
We now have three and a half weeks until Christmas Eve, and being that I come from a Cuban family, “Noche Buena” might as well be Spanish for Thanksgiving 2.
It’s a great time of year, but if you don’t plan on gaining 10 lbs in the next month you’ll want to spend the next three weeks dialing in on your diet so that you can Kill It on Christmas as well.
I’ve already outlined the necessary steps to take to burn fat in a previous post, here.
You’ll want to follow a routine similar to that for the next few weeks so that you’ll be going into Christmas Eve with a pretty decent caloric deficit.
With that being said, whenever I’m trying to dial in on my diet and burn body fat quickly, there are a couple handfuls of foods that I eat A LOT of.
If you are planning to do the same, you’ll want to make sure you’re eating a lot of them as well.
So without further ado, here they are:
My Top 10 Foods For Fat Loss
1. Leafy Greens
Kale, Spinach, Collards, Swiss Chard, Red and Green Leaf Romaine, Mustard Greens, Turnip Greens:
Leafy greens are the #1 food you can eat to improve your health and drop body fat.
Leafy veggies have TONS of fiber along with vitamins, minerals, and the phytonutrients and antioxidants we need to not only prevent disease, but torch body fat as well.
2. Cruciferous Vegetables
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage:
Same as above; eat them or stay fat and die.
3. Organic, Pastured Eggs
I’ve said it time and time again: heart disease is all about Chronic Inflammation.
Eating whole eggs DOES NOT raise cholesterol levels; they are actually one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
Eggs contain high quality proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Two egg yolks contain roughly the same amount of antioxidants as an apple, about 12 grams of protein, and a healthy dose of heart healthy Omega 3 fats.
Think about that the next time you throw one in the trash!
Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Goji berries, Cranberries, Boysenberries:
Not only are berries extremely low in calories, but they are some of the highest antioxidant containing fruits!
Eat them daily!
5. Wild Fish
Especially fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines.
They are extremely high in Omega 3 fats, particularly EPA and DHA.
They are also high in muscle building protein as well.
The results of countless studies indicate that eating just 2 servings of wild fish per week promote optimal health.
6. Grass Fed Beef
I know there’s a lot of “anti beef” hype going on out there, and let me just say that everything you’ve heard is TRUE; but only when talking about the GRAIN fed kind.
Grass fed beef is, in my opinion, a superfood.
It’s leaner, higher in Omega 3 fats and CLA (a fat burning fat), and much higher in antioxidants than it’s grain fed counterpart.
Cows were never meant to eat grains; feeding them against the way nature intended makes them fat and sick, not to mention that they are raised in extremely inhumane conditions.
Do our environment (and yourself) a favor and ONLY eat grass fed beef.
Aim for 1-2 servings per week, especially if you are strength training.
7. Organic, Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
Burns Fat; Improves brain function; Improves digestion; Lowers Cholesterol; Anti bacterial; Anti microbial; Anti fungal; Antioxidant – It’s the Superfood of all Superfoods.
8. Raw Nuts
Walnuts, Almonds, Pistachios, Pecans, Cashews, Macadamias:
They’re a perfect in between meals snack, and will fill you up quick with healthy fats and protein.
They can be quite dense so make sure you don’t over eat.
Keep your portions between 1-2 oz’s.
9. Sweet Potatoes/Yams
If you are training hard, you’re gonna need some carbohydrates in your diet.
Sweet potatoes are the perfect choice.
Not only are they extremely high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but they’re delicious.
If you haven’t had one with coconut oil melted in and cinnamon sprinkled on top…. you’re welcome.
10. Organic Coffee
I did an entire post on the stuff.
*Honorable Mention: Dark Chocolate
Let’s face it, every now and then we all need a treat.
Not only is dark chocolate loaded with healthy fats and antioxidants, but just one serving at the end of a long day can help you keep your sanity and stay on track.
Make sure you stick to at least 70% dark.
Remember to incorporate some intermittent fasting into your routine and stay hydrated!
These foods should make up about 90% of your diet if you are trying to burn fat.
Dial in the next three weeks so that you can head into Christmas Eve guilt free.
By the time Christmas rolls around, you’ll be ready to crush some more food and head into New Year’s leaner and meaner than ever before!