This flavorless oil extracted from coconut triples calorie burning, according to Italian scientists. Add it to coffee, smoothies, and salad dressings. Find flavored and flavorless options at GNC stores and Simply GOODFATS.
Each of these tiny, delicious nuts is an especially rich source of monounsaturated fats that switch on the genes that speed belly fat burn by 25 percent.
They’re loaded with omega-9 fatty acids that stimulate fat burn — enough to melt away 6 pounds of belly flab in two months when you eat half of one daily. Avocados’ carotenoids also encourage cells to flush fluids, helping you shed 1 pound per week.
Compared to standard butter, the grass-fed version is richer in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a compound proven to activate fat-burning enzymes that increase weight loss in women. Two brands available in supermarkets: Anchor and Kerrygold.
It’s up to five times higher in omega-3 fatty acids and boasts twice as much CLA as grain-fed beef, and Australian researchers say eating four servings per week cuts the risk of belly fat gain by 67 percent.
Adding three 4-oz. servings of this fatty fish to your weekly diet can help you shed 1 pound a week without exercise — plus enjoy the energy of someone at least 12 years younger, suggests research from the Cleveland Clinic.
Canadian studies suggest eating 4 cups per week can help you shed 5 pounds in 30 days thanks to compounds that help the liver burn stored fat for fuel. Tasty options: Kale, chard, and collard greens.
Artificial sweeteners have zero calories, but research shows they kill good gut bacteria, disrupting hormone balance and triggering weight gain. The exception: Swerve ($7.68, Walmart) and stevia ($3.96, Walmart), both of which help balance hormone levels and dial back hunger.
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