What Food to Eat to Burn the Most Calories!
This is called the “Thermic Effect” which is the amount of energy you use to digest, absorb, and eliminate the food you ingest. It’s like how much you pay to eat. One of the only times I am more than willing to pay for something :)
Types of Food & Energy Amounts Needed to Process
- Fats have a thermic effect of about 3%
- Fibrous vegetables and fruit have a thermic effect of about 20%
- Proteins have a thermic effect of about 30%
In general, your body will use 10% of the calories you consume to process the foods you eat. So if you eat a 100 calorie snack, you’ll really only be consuming 90 cals as 10 went to digesting it. But if you took down a pure protein shake or 100 cal piece of chicken breast, you would only be consuming 70 cals as 30 went to digestion! Cool huh?
Just keep in mind that if you want to up your protein intake that you still stay within your daily caloric range for weight maintenance or loss. Don’t just eat more protein on top of what you’re already doing. Replace.
Now you can see why I love my protein and steamed veggies!