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.
last skinny food, cinnamon, is a versatile seasoning. Ostrowe
explains, “Cinnamon can help lower blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity.
This means that less sugar in your body will be stored as fat, and that it can
help aid weight loss.” A 2012 study from the Journal
of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that adding
cinnamon to cereal was effective at moderating glucose response in normal
weight and obese adults after eating.
Try it: Dash it on your skinny latte, or dust it over savory dishes for a little sweet heat.