Health | November 30th 2015


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Get slimmer by eating? Heck yes, sign us up! It’s a beautiful truth that you can actually zap the fat you’ve been trying to get rid of by eating particular foods. You just need to know which ones to include in your daily diet. Here are 10 foods with natural fat-reducing properties that will help you chew your way towards your target weight.


Want something that’s both delicious and effective in helping you lose weight? Try grapefruit! Half a grapefruit eaten before meals was associated with significant weight loss in a 2006 study, as well as a measurable reduction in post-glucose insulin levels.

Broccoli Rabe

Sulforaphane is the component in broccoli rabe to thank as it tells your fat cells to get lost. This ingredient produces an enzyme that burns fat without you doing a thing. Saute it with some lemon zest and olive oil or sprinkle pine nuts over it to add flavor.


The monounsaturated fat found in avocados is actually a highly recommended source of fat that boosts your membrane fluidity, triggering fat-burning hormones while switching off the body’s fat storage hormones. Eating more of these healthy fats can also lead to less anger and irritability and more energy, which will get you up and out the door for your morning run.

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts boost your metabolism by giving your body a dose of selenium, which transforms the thyroid hormone into its active form. These little fat-burners also help rid the body of toxins that would otherwise take hold in your fat cells and contribute to cellulite.

Purified Water

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While water isn’t exactly a food, this is certainly good to know: a German study found that after consuming about 17 ounces of water, metabolic (calorie-burning) rates increase by about 30% for both men and women. Drink up, buttercup!

Chia Seeds

Suppress your appetite and fire up your metabolism with Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and protein, all of which are found in chia seeds. Sprinkle some chia seeds over your yogurt and berries or use them in your Apple Cinnamon Oats for a wonderful breakfast to start your day off right.


Because it’s such a nutrient-dense food, kale helps to reduce your appetite while clearing toxins from your body. It’s also easy to include in your diet as a side dish, combined in main dishes or in salads. Kale it up!

s such a nutrient-dense food, kale helps to reduce your appetite while clearing toxins from your body. It’s also easy to include in your diet as a side dish, combined in main dishes or in salads. Kale it up!

Wild Salmon

Help yourself out during crunch time and munch on some wild salmon that will help you become lean and toned in your midsection. The Omega-3 fatty acids in wild salmon fuel fat-burning and block fat storage, plus this protein-rich fish helps you gain more muscle. More muscle = more efficient fat-burning = a tight, toned you.

Coconut Oil

The triglycerides in coconut oil are a favored source of energy where your body is concerned. Because coconut oil consists almost entirely of medium chain fatty acids, they are less likely to be stored as fat. Better yet, this magical substance has been found to reduce waist size in certain studies.


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Cinnamon is a delicious spice that helps sugar move into your cells in the same way that insulin facilitates glucose delivery. It’s particularly effective at combatting visceral fat, which is the pesky hard-to-get-rid-of kind that you find on your stomach.

Hot Peppers

Speed up your metabolism by adding spicy peppers like jalapeño, habanero and cayenne to your meals. Not only will these peppers add spice and flavour, they’ll also help you burn more calories and shed weight more quickly.

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Well, now you’re in the know! These are just a few simple ingredients to add into your daily diet that will help you eat your way towards your dream body. Eat them in combination with any of these to reach your flat-belly aspirations in no time.

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