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.
Here’s a secret source of power from the pros: Nutritionist Tara Ostrowe, MS,
RD, who works for the New York Giants, recommends beans to help with energy metabolism, as they are rich
in B vitamins, fiber and protein. To calculate a healthy portion
size, think of the bulb part of a light bulb; it doesn’t take more than this to
fill you up and curb your appetite.
Try it: If you’re at a party, focus on the bean-rich dips (and scoop ’em with your red pepper crudité!). Beans are also the perfect vegetarian base for stews and slow cooker recipes.