These seven foods can help you burn fat--plus, you probably already have them in your kitchen!
HEALTHY FOODS THAT BURN FAT: CINNAMON
This spice may prevent the post-meal insulin spike that can trigger your body to store fat rather than burn it. Plus, cinnamon brings out the natural sweetness in foods without adding calories. All spices and herbs help you lose pounds when used to add flavor to foods instead of butter, oil, or salt.
HEALTHY FOODS THAT BURN FAT: CHICKPEAS
Because beans provide the ideal combination of fiber and protein, plus a type of fat-fighting starch, called resistant starch, they satisfy your hunger for relatively few calories (about 120-140 per 1/2 cup). Studies show bean eaters weigh less and have slimmer waistlines.
HEALTHY FOODS THAT BURN FAT: EGGS
According to a Saint Louis University study, dieters who ate eggs at breakfast lost more weight than those who picked a high-carb meal with the same number of calories. Other research shows that having a big breakfast helps you control your calorie intake all day long.
HEALTHY FOODS THAT BURN FAT: MUSHROOMS
These contain the amino acid glutamate, which gives them a hearty, meaty taste referred to as umami. Umami foods (others include Parmesan, sweet potatoes, and olives) add a lot of flavor to foods, which helps up the satisfaction factor of smaller portions.
HEALTHY FAT BURNING FOOD: NUTS
All nuts (and nut butters) pack fiber, protein, and healthy fat to keep your tummy feeling full longer. Pistachios supply extra fat-fighting power because you have to shell them before you eat them, so your brain has time to recognize you're full and you stick with a smaller serving.
HEALTHY FAT BURNING FOOD: SHRIMP
Four ounces supplies a third of your protein needs for under 120 calories. In one study, women who got 30 percent of their calories from protein had more muscle, which boosts metabolism. Other options: tofu, yogurt, chicken, lean beef, pork, and fish.
HEALTHY FAT BURNING FOOD: WHOLE-WHEAT PASTA
Yes, you can eat pasta and lose weight! Whole-wheat varieties (and other whole grains, like quinoa and barley) take longer to digest than products made from refined flour, so they raise blood sugar more slowly. This can prevent excess fat storage, especially around your belly.