Worried your weight loss efforts will slide at Christmas?
All the goodies up
for grabs can definitely test your
healthy eating habits. Luckily, if you know what to look for, you can
choose certain fat releasing foods—research shows these can make a huge
difference in losing weight and keeping it off. Isn’t it nice,
especially at this time of
year, to get a list of foods you should be eating, rather than a list of
things you should avoid?
This nutty grain packs a double punch: Flaxseed meal is both a great source of healthy fats (PUFAs and MUFAs; you know, Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Monounsaturated Fatty Acids, the kind of fats that benefit your gut) and fiber. Nutritionist Ashley Koff, RD, backs this up. “Because soluble fiber forms a gel when it contacts water,” she explains, “digestion takes more time, and carbohydrate-containing foods are absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream.” This allows your body to use the carbs for energy instead of storing them as fat.
Try it: Flaxseed meal is a base in the fruity,
flavorful Digest Diet smoothies that our fans swear by. You can also add
it to other dishes, including desserts, for rich texture and flavor.
Koff shared this cool tip: She combines flaxseed meal and water just
enough to make a paste, then uses it in place of eggs or mayo in
recipes. You can find flaxseed meal at certain groceries, or online.
veggie—often found raw around a bowl of creamy dip—is actually a slimming powerhouse, thanks to its hearty dose of vitamin C and
capsinoids. Studies show that capsaicin content helps turn
on the fat-burning modules in your body; plus you get an extra boost of fiber which helps keep you fuller, longer.
Try it: If you’re at a party, crunch them raw (and skip
the dip). At home, sauté, slice or snack on them with a low-fat ricotta
spread (calcium is another fat releasing ingredient).