Drop the bottle and move away from the fat-burner supplements aisle!
Take a second glance at those labels and you’ll see that, despite creative ways of saying it, they have all something in common: extreme amounts of caffeine. While coffee’s special kicker has been shown to aid fat loss, it’s not the only food compound that can. In fact, you can eat actual foods that boost your slim-down efforts instead of just popping a pill. Try out these three common foods with fat-burning properties and see how delicious whittling your waist can be:
1. NAVY BEANS
These white legumes contain resistant starch, a type of fiber that both contributes to feeling full and controls blood sugar. (Translation: you won’t be as apt to reach for the snacks.) Resistant starch makes it through most of your system in tact and makes your body work harder to digest it. In fact, subjects who ate five grams of resistant starch in a single meal (equivalent to about one-half cup navy beans) versus various other amounts burned 23% more fat, a study at the University of Colorado found. Use them in just about any recipe that calls for beans.
Overweight and obese subjects taking 25 micrograms (about 1,000 IUs) of vitamin D a day lost “statistically significant” body fat over 12 weeks, a 2012 study in Nutrition Journal found. Herring is one of the world’s best sources of vitamin D, containing more than 100% of the recommended daily value in a one-ounce serving. Pickled herring is ready-to-eat and can be added to salads or stacked on Wasa bread for a quick snack. Not convinced enough to channel your inner Swede and try the pickled stuff? Grill it and dress with a mixture of mustard, lemon juice and its own oil for a dinner packed with protein and healthy fats.
3. GREEN TEA
When it comes to fat loss, tea isn’t second string to coffee. Sure, coffee packs a more caffeinated punch, but tea has more going on than caffeine content alone. Catechins, antioxidants in green tea, appear to have a fat-reducing effect on their own. Subjects who consumed two servings of catechins (totaling 886 milligrams) in green tea (the equivalent of about 11 cups) reduced their waist circumference and lost more than 21⁄2 pounds of fat over 90 days—no workout required—relative to the control group, a study published in the journal Obesity found. Don’t like green tea? No problem! Sip on any of these 4 Teas That Melt Fat Fast for the same tummy-trimming effect.