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.
All citrus help release fat (again, it’s the vitamin C). You can
choose oranges or limes, but bright, tart lemons contain “a weak acid
which helps to stimulate your stomach for optimal digestion. As a
result, they’re a key secret in slimming down,
especially flattening the tummy area,” shares Koff.
Try it: Adding a citrus wedge to water will spruce up an otherwise plain drink and make sure you are hydrated and full all day long. Also squeeze lemons or limes over salad for an added splash of flavor.