Perhaps that's what got me to become 30 pounds overweight at one point.
I thought I'd have to give up my love of food to lose weight.
I was wrong.
In fact, I was able to enjoy food even more after learning about different delicious foods that help me burn fat.
Then, I was able to satisfy my taste buds and still get back to my optimal weight! So now, I want to share five of my favorite fat-burning foods with you.
Fat Burning Food #1: Oranges If you ever played sports as a kid, you inevitably ate the orange slices at halftime.
But what happened to that today? I'm a firm believer in oranges because of its vitamin C content.
Vitamin C helps to dilute fat and enables the body to get rid of it much easier.
Other fruits high in vitamin C are great for fat-burning, too.
Try grapefruits, guavas, pineapples, lemons and limes! Fat Burning Food #2: Cayenne Pepper Spice things up with a dash (or more) of cayenne pepper in your food! Cayenne & other spicy peppers contain capsaicin which increases the body's metabolism and therefore burns more calories.
If you're not used to spicy foods, be sure to start slowly so you don't overpower the flavor of the food.
Once your palette adapts to it, you'll wonder why you weren't using it more often in your sauces, salads, stir-frys and more.
Fat Burning Food #3: Edamame (Soybeans) Edamame (pronounced ed-duh-maw-may) is a form of soybeans traditionally found in the Japanese diet.
Soy contains chemicals that prevent fat deposits and also breaks down existing fat deposits.
You can find them in stores and simply boil them for about 10 minutes, rinse with cold water, sprinkle a little salt, and enjoy as a great snack or appetizer! Fat Burning Food #4: Cinnamon Yes, another spice of life.
The USDA reports that cinnamon may lower LDL cholesterol, tryglycerides and blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes.
I love sprinkling some cinnamon on my oatmeal, apple cobbler and even spicing up my coffee with it, and using less sugar.
Fat Burning Food #5: Yogurt In addition to being a great source of calcium, dairy products can block calcitrol: a fat producing hormone.
I love vanilla yogurt with granola and fresh berries in the morning.
You could also try a smoothie or eat it with cereal instead of milk.
Not all yogurt is created equally, so stick to the low or non-fat yogurts.
These fab five foods are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fat burning foods.
Hopefully they give you a good start and will keep you going on your mission to burn more fat.