New research proves that just adding one fat-burning food to your daily diet could be the secret to getting slim forever. Talk about great news for those of us who want to lose weight, but are too busy for big diet and lifestyle changes! These are 6 of the best fat-burning foods for women, and they really do work. Even more good news: These are some delicious and versatile foods you'll be happy to work into your regular eating plan.
Fat-Burning Foods for Women
Pink grapefruit blocks fat absorption. It seems as if people have been talking about grapefruit diets for years--and it turns out for good reason! In fact, Johns Hopkins University research shows that adding 1/2 grapefruit to each meal can help you shed 20 pounds in 13 weeks! Pink grapefruit contains a reddish pigment called lycopene, plus three other powerful compounds that all work together to block fat absorption and boost metabolism.
Spinach controls blood sugar. Whether you serve it raw or cooked, eating three cups of spinach weekly could speed your weight loss 10 percent, suggests research in the journal Hormones. Spinach is rich in lipoic acid, a compound that helps shuttle blood sugar into your cells so it can be burned for energy instead of stored as fat, says study author Petya Kamenova, M.D.
Tuna reduces hunger pangs. Enjoying 12 oz. of canned tuna or fresh tuna weekly could help you trim nine pounds in the next month--no other changes required, according to new research. Tuna's healthy omega-3 fats improve your body's ability to use leptin, a hormone that curbs between-meal hunger, explains Barry Sears, Ph.D., author of The Mediterranean Zone.
Plain yogurt fuels fat burn. Adding 1-1/2 cups of plain yogurt to your daily diet can help you shed 25% more weight?and 60 percent more fat, Australian researchers say. Yogurt's blend of "good" probiotic bacteria and protein stimulates your liver to burn body fat for fuel. Not fond of yogurt? Try taking a mixed probiotic supplement (such as Hyperbiotics PRO-15 ($25 for 60). Important: Always check with your doctor before starting a new supplement--and because concentrations vary, follow the package directions for dosage.
Avocado delivers double benefits! They're rich in omega-9 fats, essential oils that make cells in your muscles melt 5 percent more fat, say University of California researchers. Omega-9s also calm your brain's hunger center, preventing diet-sabotaging cravings. And you only need to eat 1/2 avocado daily to benefit.
Cinnamon revs metabolism. The active ingredient in cinnamon makes fat cells significantly more responsive to insulin, upping your metabolism by 20 percent. It can also help stabilize blood-sugar levels. Hint: Add the fat-burning spice to a bowl of oatmeal, a heart-healthy food that helps give you extra energy and keeps hunger in check.
Flaxseed helps you effortlessly shed pounds. Sprinkling at total of 3 Tbs. of ground flaxseeds on your cereal, salads and other foods each day could help you effortlessly shed one pound each month, Canadian research shows. The credit goes to ALA, a plant fat that steadies blood sugar, enhances fat burning and dampens appetite.