Top Foods Most Likely To Be Used For Energy Rather Than Stored As Fat

Wouldn’t you rather eat foods that are more likely to be burned for energy rather than be stored away as fat on your body? Yes please!

In general, foods that are most likely to be used for energy are high in protein and/or fiber. Protein is the most unlikely of the macronutrients to get stored as fat because it takes a great deal of energy for you to digest it (you burn about 20-30% of the calories just from digestion!) and the amino acids in protein can be used for muscle building and muscle preservation. Fiber rich foods are also unlikely to be stored as fat because fiber calories are not absorbed by the body and the presence of fiber may block the absorption of other calories as well.

Read below to learn the top foods that are least likely to be stored as fat:


Eggs are highly unlikely to be stored as fat because they are high in complete protein and contain virtually zero carbs and sugar. They are also packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential for the body.

Fatty fish

Fatty fish such as salmon and sardines are a powerhouse for fat burning because they are high in protein and also  high in EPA/DHA omega-3 fatty acids – both of which are linked to fat burning.

Green bananas

Green bananas contain a high amount of resistant starch which is a particularly good type of fiber because your gut bacteria loves it and will actually help you to digest and prevent you from absorbing the calories.

Chia seeds

Chia seeds are basically composed of all fiber, meaning the calories in chia seeds are almost negligible and eating chia seeds may cause you to absorb less calories from other foods eaten with them as well.


Chicken breast in particular is unlikely to get stored as fat because it is basically pure protein with zero carbs and very little fat.

Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is the best choice of the yogurt varieties because it is packed with the most amount of protein and tends to have the least amount of sugar. Greek yogurt is also a great source of calcium, which has been shown to possibly help with fat burning.

Sweet potatoes

There’s a bit of a catch with this one, we are not talking about sweet potato fries here, no. Instead, go for baked or boiled sweet potatoes that have been allowed to cool for a bit. The cooling of the cooked sweet potato actually increases the resistant starch content, meaning you will absorb less calories from the sweet potato this way.

Black beans

Black beans are high in fiber, meaning you won’t absorb as many calories from them and the fiber may block the absorption of calories by your body. They are also high in protein, however, note that they are not a complete protein so you aren’t getting the same benefits as you would from animal sources.


Virtually all vegetables are more likely to be used for energy rather than stored as fat and so you really can’t go wrong when it comes to eating veggies. The less cooked and more crunchy the better because this means the fiber is still intact and less calories will be absorbed from your meal.

Some of the best high fiber vegetables include cruciferous veggies such as broccoli and cauliflower.

Whey protein powder

Whey protein is a great way to get high quality, complete protein into your body and is highly unlikely to be stored as fat. Just be sure to choose a protein powder that has less than 5 grams net carbs and a short ingredient list.

Main takeaways..

Think about it this way, if you aren’t burning, you are storing, so stock up on fat burning foods today!

About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy League trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California with an expertise in women’s health and preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab.

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