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Losing Weight: 6 Fat Burning Foods

Posted by on October 18, 2012

 

Sure, fat keeps us warm, protected, and alive.  But too much of a good thing can be…well, bad.   If you’re trying to lose that pot belly or slim down your muffin top, experts say nibbling on these 6 fat burning foods will help.

Turkey
This lean meat has the fewest calories per ounce of any animal protein.  Like dairy, it contains the amino acid leucine, which may play a role in preserving muscle mass during weight loss, keeping metabolism running at full speed.  Protein is also more satisfying than foods high in fat or carbs…so you’re less likely to over eat.

 

Peanuts
Ironically, this elephant favorite fights weight gain, slows rises in blood sugar, and curbs hunger.  One study from Purdue University found that people who added 500 calories of peanuts to their diets for 3 weeks experienced almost no change in body weight and a 24% drop in triglycerides — blood fats associated with heart disease.  Researcher Rick Mattes, Ph.D., says peanuts’ satiating power helps people eat less overall.  (Note:  Make those 5oo calories a part of your overall daily intake…not in addition to the calories needed to lose weight.)

 

Grapefruit
Having half a grapefruit or a glass of grapefruit juice before a meal may help fill you up, so you eat fewer calories during the meal.  While grapefruit doesn’t have any proven magical fat burning properties, it can help dieters feel full with fewer calories.  This is attributed to the plentiful amounts of soluble fiber, which take longer to digest…and they taste great, too!

 

 

Breakfast Cereal
By boosting fiber and providing fewer calories from fat than other popular breakfasts (bacon and eggs, anyone?), ready-to-eat cereal can help you fill up—and slim down.  Choose the low sugar, high fiber variety and steer clear of those sugary “kid” cereals as they are loaded with calories and will sabotage your weight loss.  A study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that women who ate cereal were 30% less likely to be overweight than those who ate other breakfast foods.

To get the most bang for your breakfast buck, choose fiber-rich (aim for 5 grams per serving), low-fat cereals like Kashi Heart to Heart, oatmeal, Special-K, All-Bran, Grape Nuts, etc.

 

Low-Fat Yogurt
Plain, low-fat yogurt is one of the best sources of calcium—a mineral that may fight fat.  According to Michael B. Zemel, Ph.D., director of the Nutrition Institute at the of Tennessee, not getting enough calcium triggers the release of calcitriol, a hormone that causes us to store fat, whereas meeting our daily calcium needs helps us burn fat more efficiently.  Like turkey, yogurt and other dairy foods are leading sources of leucine…which also helps fight fat.

 

Berries
You probably know that fiber is the magic bullet of weight loss.  It keeps you satisfied throughout the day—and away from the fridge.  But you may not know that berries are an excellent source of roughage.  Raspberries are the fiber queens with 8 grams per cup.  Blackberries come in a close second with 7.4 grams, and blueberries have 3.5 grams and are super high in antioxidants.  Bonus:  Research suggests berries may also boost your brain power!

 

So pick up some of these fat burning foods the next time you’re at the grocery store…start nibbling and get ready to love your new reflection!

 

 

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Article credit to Women’s Health: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/foods-that-burn-fat#ixzz29hPx9PXw

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