The Best Foods to Eat For Exercise to Burn More Fat, Say Dietitians — Eat This Not That

Food and drink is an essential part of a workout routine. These are the best foods to eat in order to burn fat during exercise.

Exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It not only helps us to look good, but it also helps us to feel good, including managing chronic pain, maintaining better balance, and improving sleep. When exercising, it’s also important to consume the right drinks and eat the right foods before and after to ensure we are getting the proper benefits from the workout.

However, we may not always know exactly what to eat or drink to maintain a good exercise/diet balance. Or, we may question why we’re not losing weight like we’re supposed to, even if it seems like we’re doing the correct routine.

Thankfully, there’s a food combination that helps solve that mystery. We asked members of our medical expert board, Laura Burak MS, RD, Founder of GetNaked® Nutrition and Author of Slimdown with Smoothies, and Lisa Young, PhD, RDN, author of Finally Full, Finally Slim & The Portion Teller Plan, what they believe to be the best foods to help someone burn more fat during their exercise. Both agreed that the best foods to eat for exercise to burn more fat include a combination of carbohydrates and protein.

“Although there are no specific foods that ‘burn more fat,’ foods considered mostly protein like eggs, poultry, and fish have a higher thermic effect once consumed, which basically means it takes your body more energy to digest these proteins than it does simple carbohydrates like fruit,” says Burak.

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