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Episode 121: "Fat Burning Foods"... Fact or Fantasy??

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Raise your hand if you've found yourself foregoing your morning coffee for a cup of hot lemon water or a giant glass of celery juice.

Or if you've ever kept that cup of joe, but added spoonfuls of coconut oil to it.

Or if you've put yourself through the gag-inducing shot of apple cider vinegar before your meals...

All in the name of dropping a few stubborn pounds.

The question is, do these diet tricks belong in the giant book of weight loss hoaxes? Or is there scientific merit to any of these practices?

Listen in to today's episode to discover food fact from food fantasy...

Apple Cider Vinegar

The Science: 

  • Words of warning: The acid in ACV can damage your tooth enamel and exacerbate reflux. If you use it, dilute it.

Cayenne Pepper

The Science:

Green Tea

The Science:


The Science:

  • MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides which can be found in coconut oil, palm oil and certain dairy products (the last 2 I don't recommend). They go straight from the gut to the liver at which point they can be used for a source of immediate energy. But just like other fats, when consumed in excess, they can still be stored as fat.
  • In comparison with other types of fat studies have shown that MCTs can help improve endurance in athletes.
  • In comparison with long-chain fatty acids, MCTs cause a greater increase in satiety hormones.
  • In a study that compared the consumption of coconut oil to soybean oil and that also included calorie restriction, those who ate coconut oil had a reduction in bad types of cholesterol and increased the good. 
  • MCT oil has been shown to help improve blood sugar levels, but so do all fats, as we covered in episode 117!

Lemon Water

The Science:

  • Lemon is high in antioxidants, polyphenols, and of course, vitamin C which all help to prevent damage to cells which can, in turn, reduce the risk of many chronic disease like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and autoimmune diseases.
  • Vitamin C helps support the immune system, aids in wound healing, and helps the body absorb iron.
  • Lemon contains high amounts of citrate which may help prevent kidney stones by blocking calcium from binding with other compounds in the body.
  • Lemon water is great if it helps you drink more water or if it helps you swap out your soda or fruit juice beverages.
  • Water in general helps you detox by flushing out the kidneys, but lemon water does not 'detoxify' your body.

Celery Juice

The Science:

The Fiction: That any one food is the answer to increasing your metabolism, losing weight, or curing disease.

What actually causes fat loss?

Reducing your calories.

Eating foods that boost your metabolism by supporting your gut and hormones (whole foods loaded with fiber that keep you full and satisfied).

Increasing your muscle mass.

Increasing NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis).

Getting better sleep and reducing stress.


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