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).
Olive oil seems to get all the love when it comes to dressing a salad
or sautéing fish, probably because of the healthy fats that place it at
the heart of Mediterranean diets. But! There’s a carafe full of reasons
to love its low-cal complement, vinegar, as well. In
studies, mice that ate vinegar extract accumulated less body fat than
those that did not. Additionally,
vinegar may also help regulate your blood sugar, and prevent it from
Try it: All vinegars help reduce bloating, from apple cider to red wine. My pick? I love balsamic vinegar mixed with honey
(another fat releaser!), drizzled over salmon.