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Hungry Girl Today: 1.8.10

When we say that these foods "burn fat," we basically mean that they help

your BODY to burn fat more efficiently. (Don't go all chemistry-lab on us and

try pouring green tea on a stick of butter to see what happens.) Read up on

these power foods and some delicious ways to up your intake...

Green Tea

How It Works: A crucial compound in green tea is EGCG (not to be confused

with famed music club CBGB), which has been shown to speed up

metabolism. The caffeine content helps with that as well. Green tea contains

about five times the amount of fat-fighting EGCG as black tea, BTW. And get

this... Green tea specifically targets visceral fat, a.k.a. belly fat.

Try Me!

* Mix a little unsweetened iced green tea with sugar-free lemonade (Crystal

Light has our vote) for a guilt-free Arnold Palmer with a Kermit-colored twist.

* Whip up our Green Tea Crème Swappuccino for a coffee-shop swap with

fat-burning abilities to boot!

Fat-Free and Low-Fat Dairy

How It Works: Protein and calcium are the power-duo in this equation. These

two nutrients help keep your body's muscle mass intact while promoting

weight loss. Studies have shown that people on lower-calorie diets that

included dairy lost more weight than people who ate the same amount of

calories without dairy. Plus, research suggests probiotics found in some low-

fat dairy can help your body fight fat. Wowsers!

Try Me!

* Fat-free yogurt is a great source of protein, plus it packs in that calcium. To

gussy it up, add fruit and transform it into a parfait! For the most protein, go

for fat-free Greek yogurt, like Fage Total 0%.

* Fat-free or low-fat cheese is an excellent (and delicious) example of low-

cal dairy. Check out last year's supermarket list for some of our faves!

Pop-Up Tip #1: Drink Water - Think about it this way: When you're drinking

water, you're NOT drinking soda, juice, or another calorie-packed beverage.

And here's a fun fact: In one study (albeit it a small one), researchers found

that the metabolic rates of study participants went up about 25% after

drinking a couple cups of water. So get one of those aluminum bottles and

keep it filled with H2O.

Beans, Beans, and More Beans

How It Works: Beans have the double-whammy of protein plus fiber.

Consuming protein is a GREAT way to help your body burn fat -- it gives

your metabolism a boost and keeps you feeling full and energized. And

dietary fiber, among other things, can help regulate your appetite. One type

of bean in particular worth trying? Soybeans. They contain helpful

compounds that assist in keeping the cells in your body from accumulating

fat and also break down fatty deposits.

Try Me!

* Make a big batch of this beany salad, and you'll have a great side dish

that'll last all week!

* Click here for two hearty, bean-packed recipes you can make in a crock

pot: 10-Alarm Turkey Chili and Very VERY Veggie Stew. Woohoo!

* Stock up on soups that are loaded with beans. We're all about the ones in

Progresso's Light and High Fiber line-ups.

Whole Grains

How It Works: Munching on whole grains adds fiber and complex

carbohydrates (MUCH better than refined, white carbs) to your diet. When

the carbs are complex, they break down more slowly, keeping them in your

system longer. Since your body processes them slowly, you don't crash. This

also keeps your insulin levels steady -- a good thing, since insulin spikes tell

your body to hold onto fat.

Try Me!

* OATMEAL. It's a great way to start your day on the right path. Click here

for all the oat-y info, recipes, and food finds you could ever hope to have.

* Fried rice for fat-burning?! Ours is made with brown rice, and it totally


Pop-Up Tip #2: Spice It Up - Just 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon added to your

food can help prevent insulin spikes (which, as you just read, are BAD). The

capsaicin in chilies gives your heart rate a boost and jump-starts your

metabolism, so try some cayenne or chili powder. Ginger expands your

blood vessels, which helps to -- say it with us -- increase the metabolism.

Salmon and Tuna

How It Works: These fish contain omega-3 fatty acids. In addition to being

good for your heart, hair, nails, etc., those omegas can help control the

amount of leptin in your body. Leptin, a protein hormone, is linked to

appetite and metabolism. There's a whole, long, scientific chain of reasons

for this, but we're just going to accept that it's good and not worry about

WHY. Yay, omega-3s!

Try Me!

* Bake some salmon basted in low-cal sauce (teriyaki rules!), top a salad

with the canned kind, eat the smoked stuff, mix some into a creamy spread

(this recipe is GREAT)... There are SO many possibilities.

* We keep pouches of albacore tuna packed in water around at ALL times.

Use 'em to make our Veggie-Loaded Tangy Tuna Salad or our ever-classic

Rockin' Tuna Noodle Casserole. Or just eat your tuna with a fork.

Pop-Up Tip #3: Get Your Fruit On - Vitamin C: More than just an adorable

pop singer from the '90s. Research has found that people with low levels of C

in their systems burn fat less efficiently. So eat citrus fruit! Grapefruit, a

super source of vitamin C, also has fiber and not too many calories. Try it in

our Ginormous Sweet-tart Fruit Salad. Or if you're not into grapefruit, grab

an orange or squeeze some lemon juice onto your salad.

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