THE HAPPY DIET

Foods that help your body to burn fat or curb crav­ings.

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1 AS­PARA­GUS Pile on these stalky greens as they are a nat­u­ral di­uretic, aid­ing the body in get­ting rid of ex­cess fat. At the same time, they can also re­move tox­ins and other waste.

2 CO­CONUT OIL This pop­u­lar health food is def­i­nitely more than just a fad. It is rich in medium-chain triglyc­erides, which are more quickly ab­sorbed by the body and more promptly metabolised as fuel. This means that this oil is less likely to be stored in your body as fat.

3 CHIA SEEDS These lit­tle seeds are loaded with omega-3 fats, fi­bre and protein. They also help in­crease your body’s me­tab­o­lism and pro­duce glucagon, a fat-burn­ing hor­mone. Soak them in wa­ter for about 15 min­utes so that they swell up, be­fore adding them to your oat­meal or yo­gurt. The larger the seeds, the quicker the hor­mones are re­leased in your stom­ach.

4 KALE When in doubt, cleanse your body with a few cups of this veg­etable. In these de­li­cious leafy greens are detox­i­fy­ing nu­tri­ents that will keep pesky crav­ings at bay.

5 AV­O­CADO The mo­noun­sat­u­rated fat you get in this creamy fruit ends up burn­ing fat it­self. Plus it dis­ables the body’s fat-stor­age hor­mones while boost­ing me­tab­o­lism. Win-win!

6 GRAPE­FRUIT Def­i­nitely the citrus fruit you should be pick­ing up, grape­fruit helps to ac­ti­vate fat-burn­ing hor­mones in our bod­ies, and also keeps us feel­ing full for longer.

7 OYS­TERS Best eaten raw, this shell­fish con­tains a rich amount of zinc that helps to de­crease ap­petite and pre­vent crav­ings.

8 SWEET POTA­TOES These root veg­eta­bles are high in B vi­ta­mins, which help un­leash energy from food. They also con­tain an an­tiox­i­dant called gluthathione, which revs up your me­tab­o­lism.

9 WA­TER Drink enough H2O and ev­ery­thing in your body will run smoothly, in­clud­ing the process of fat-burn­ing. With­out suf­fi­cient wa­ter, that process slows down. So make sure you get six to eight glasses a day. 10 TOMATO JUICE A study pub­lished in the Bri­tish Jour­nal of Nu­tri­tion found that over­weight women who drank 325ml of this drink for 20 days had a de­crease in body in­flam­ma­tion. This slim­ming juice also in­creases adiponectin, a protein that breaks down body fat.

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