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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...
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.
* 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!
* 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.
* 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.
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.
* 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!
* 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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