Get lean with fat-loss foods

Help your body burn fat faster than ever with these four foods

Men's Fitness - - Updates -

1 GRAPEFRUIT

Eat­ing more grapefruit can keep your belly at bay.

In a 12-week study over­weight sub­jects were given half a grapefruit to eat be­fore their three daily meals. Af­ter three months the fruit eaters had lost 1.6kg, while a placebo group lost just 0.3kg, ac­cord­ing to the Jour­nal Of Medic­i­nal Food. It is thought that com­pounds in grapefruit pre­vent in­sulin lev­els from ris­ing too high, and sta­ble lev­els al­low bet­ter fat burn­ing.

2 CAYENNE PEP­PER

Spic­ing up your meals has a duo of ben­e­fits to help your wage war on your belly. First, con­sum­ing cayenne pep­per can spike your meta­bolic rate, ac­cord­ing to the Clin­i­cal Nu­tri­tion jour­nal, mean­ing you burn more calo­ries with­out do­ing any­thing else. Sec­ond, the spice can im­prove rates of fat ox­i­da­tion, mean­ing your body is bet­ter equipped to burn fat cells as fuel, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Jour­nal Of Clin­i­cal Nu­tri­tion.

3 CINNAMON

An­other spice with fat-burn­ing ef­fects is cinnamon, thanks to a com­pound called cin­namalde­hyde. As well as giv­ing cinnamon its flavour, the com­pound stim­u­lates the re­lease of stored fat so it can be eas­ily metabolised, ac­cord­ing to re­search pub­lished in the Jour­nal Of Nutri­tional Sci­ence And Vi­ta­minol­ogy. Add it to black cof­fee for a pre-work­out fat-burn­ing drink, or to yo­gurt for a belly­bust­ing pud­ding.

4 YO­GURT

Speak­ing of yo­gurt, you should be eat­ing more if you want a smaller stom­ach. One study pub­lished in the jour­nal Obe­sity Re­search found that peo­ple who con­sume around 1,200mg of cal­cium per day from dairy lost 64% more body fat than those who ate half that amount. Even bet­ter, most of that fat loss was from the belly. The weight­loss ef­fect was great­est in those who were fol­low­ing a calo­rie-con­trolled nu­tri­tion plan.

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