Fat-Burning Foods Revealed! While there's no such thing as a miracle food that will make you lose weight instantly, these foods are actually known to help burn fat. Check 'em out...
The Pros of Protein
Foods that are high in protein can help your body burn calories. That's because protein takes more energy to digest than fat. So the more protein you eat, the more calories and fat you burn. Snack on high-protein foods like lean turkey slices, seafood, low-fat or fat-free cheese, and foods made from soy protein (like faux chicken strips and veggie patties). One of our newest protein-y obsessions is Zoic Nutrition Drink in French Vanilla. Each 11-oz. can of this creamy, vanilla-licious beverage has only 110 calories and 1g fat, plus 2g fiber (POINTS® value 2*) -- yet it contains an insane 21 grams of protein! It's a delicious and convenient way to attack body fat (click here for a list of stores that carry it).
Fat-Whacking Citrus Fruit
Experts say keeping blood sugar steady (avoiding spikes and dips) is key for fighting off fat-storing hormones and revving up the fat-burning ones. And studies have shown that vitamin C boosts your fat-burning ability as well. That makes insulin-blocking grapefruit, which is high in vitamin C, an ideal food for banishing fat. If snacking on g-fruit straight doesn't do it for you, try sprinkling some no-calorie sweetener like Splenda on it. Or toss a few pieces of the stuff into your salad for a tropical twist. (BTW, Ruby Red is our favorite type of grapefruit!)
Research shows that people who regularly consume low-fat or fat-free dairy lose way more weight than those who don't. Experts say it's the combination of protein and calcium that makes it a fat-burning phenomenon. One of our top picks is Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt -- each 5.3-oz. container is packed with 13 grams of fat-fighting protein, 10% the RDA of calcium, and only 80 fat-free calories (POINTS® value 2*). And if you prefer your yogurt more sweet than tart, try one of our sweet tricks -- mix your Fage with sugar-free preserves, stir in some sugar-free maple syrup, or whip up some of our crazy-good caramel custard! Another ROCKIN' dairy treat is Yoplait Light. One 6-oz. container has 100 - 110 calories, no fat, 5 - 6g protein and a POINTS® value of 2* -- the Apple Turnover is our favorite... Yum!
CHEW ON THIS: March 21st is California Strawberry Day. Strawberries have been known to help fight cancer, macular degeneration, and rheumatoid arthritis! Click here for a strawberry-licious waffle recipe!
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