Despite what you may have read, there are no magical foods out there that will drastically reduce the amount of belly fat you are carrying. It is an unfortunate reality but in order to rid yourself of that pesky muffin top, you must adopt a low-sugar diet, get enough sleep, reduce stress, and exercise regularly.
But, the good news is, once you are doing all of those things, there are a few hacks available to help you control appetite, reduce inflammation, kick start your metabolism, and take your fat burning efforts to the next level.
These scientifically-backed fat loss helpers are delicious and easy to add to any diet!
1. Lemon Juice
We've all heard that having a glass of hot water with lemon first thing in the morning is great for you digestion but your probably didn't know that taking a few tablespoons of lemon juice just before or during a meal can help lower your blood sugar response to the meal. In a study involving mice, researchers found that lemon polyphenols suppressed body weight gain and body fat accumulation. Try adding some lemon to sparkling water or squeeze some onto your salad or your fish dish.
Cinnamon slows the emptying of your stomach, helping you feel fuller, longer and this also keeps your blood glucose levels in check. And you don't need to use a lot to reap the benefits. One teaspoon a day seems to be enough. Try to stick to fresh cinnamon because the polyphenols and active ingredients degrade over time.
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3. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper can help you burn calories and keep your hunger levels in check. Hot peppers and hot sauce can have this same impact.
Studies have found that the phytochemical capsaicin, can increase your metabolism and therefore increase your fat burn. Add it to your soups, salad dressings, and even your smoothies (it pairs beautifully with cocoa), for a boost. Just tread lightly, things can get mighty spicy, mighty fast.
Inflammation is a key player in many health troubles, including obesity. Fortunately, turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. The active ingredient, curcumin, can reduce obesity and help you heal several other ailments. Turmeric is a staple in Indian dishes but is also great sprinkled on vegetables. If that doesn't suit your tastes, try it in a latte! Get the recipe here
Freshly ground flaxseed is the perfect addition to your morning smoothie. It is a great source of healthy omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which can help to balance your hormones and reduce inflammation. Flaxseed also contains fiber which can help to reduce frustrating food cravings. Make sure to buy whole flaxseeds and grind them yourself in a coffee grinder as the fatty acids can go rancid in a hurry.
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Source: Rodale Wellness