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.
A 2011 study found that animals
whose diets were supplemented with a quinoa seed extract had lower body fat, lower weight
and ate less than those with no quinoa. I’m also keen on quinoa because it’s loaded
with amino acids, vitamin E and phytosterols (which can help reduce blood
Try it: Cook this delicious grain with a hearty array of veggies, and some cubed
chicken or fish for added protein. You can also enjoy it for breakfast, like oatmeal.