We rely on dietary fat for our bodies to work properly. However, getting too many calories causes your body to convert excess energy into body fat. The accumulation of body fat, particularly in the abdominal region, is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer (Harvard University, 2015). The foods you eat have a strong impact on your ability to metabolize excess fat. Incorporating these fat-burning foods into your diet will keep your metabolism humming along and may reduce your risk of chronic disease.