Good Morning DGF Enthusiasts,
Here are some snacks foods that’ll help you whittle your waist and get bikini ready for summer!!
TRIM DOWN FOOD #7
Because It: Blocks fat storage
Imagine if there were a magic spice you could sprinkle on food so it couldn’t be stored as fat. Well, cinnamon is as close to that magic spice as you’ll find: According to an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, this exotic tree bark helps reduce levels of the hormone insulin, so less of the sugar you consume is stored as blubber. Sprinkle it in your coffee, in greek yogurt, or on apple slices, and start seeing results—in time for summer!
TRIM DOWN FOOD #6
Because It: Shrinks belly fat
Wait—we’re recommending a fat? Yup, and it’s one that makes you look slimmer in (or out of) your skivvies. In fact, in a study at Penn State University, participants who consumed this type of oil for just four weeks decreased their belly fat by 1.6 percent! (At that rate, you’d lose 20 percent of your belly fat per year, just cooking with a different oil!) Those who consumed a flax-safflower oil blend didn’t experience any abdominal fat loss. Avocado oil has a very high smoke point, so it’s perfect for sautés and stir-frys. (For the full list of what to eat for rapid weight loss, check out our essential 14 Ways to Lose Your Belly in 14 Days!)
TRIM DOWN FOOD #5
Because They: Incinerate carb calories
It’s not the cukes themselves that have the magic power, but the vinegar they’re cured in. Studies show acidic foods like vinegar help increase the rate at which the body burns off carbs by up to 40 percent! And the faster you burn off carbs, the sooner your body starts incinerating fat. Munch on pickles as a low-cal, fat-fighting snack, and you’ll start feeling more confident in the nude in no time.
TRIM DOWN FOOD #4
Because It: Reduces fat hormones
There are folks out there who don’t lead highly stressful lives, but we’ve met very few of them. The rest of us are in it up to here, and our levels of the stress hormone cortisol are sky-high. Unfortunately, one of the things cortisol does is to encourage the body to store fat around your midsection. While you likely can’t up and quit your job, you can add some vitamin C-rich foods to your diet, which have been shown to lessen the damage to the body caused by stress. Mangos not only serve up just under a day’s worth of the nutrient in every cup, but will also remind you of a relaxing tropical getaway, slashing stress and helping you slim down.
TRIM DOWN FOOD #3
Apple Cider Vinegar
Because It: Burns belly flab
Make apple cider vinegar your go-to for salad dressings. A Japanese study found that obese study participants who did just that were leaner and had less visceral fat than the control group who didn’t consume vinegar—after just eight weeks! How does it work? The vinegar produces proteins inside the body that burn fat. Dress your salad, and then get undressed with confidence.
TRIM DOWN FOOD #2
Because They: Burn more fat during workouts
Here’s your look-better-naked plan for success: Eat a quarter cup of almonds before you hit the gym. A study in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that the nut, rich in the amino acid L-arginine, can actually help you burn more fat and carbs during workouts. Other research has found that dieters who add this amount of nuts daily decrease their weight and waist circumference more than dieters who only restrict calories.
TRIM DOWN FOOD #1
Because It: Quells hunger
Hot tea, hot night. According to South African researchers, polyphenols and flavonoids found in the plant from which rooibos it brewed can inhibit adipogenesis—the formation of new fat cells—by as much as 22 percent. The most powerful of these flavonoids is called aspalathin, and scientists say it can reduce hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage and are linked to hypertension, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. All that science may not sound sexy, but drinking this tea will make you feel so.
Stay Happy and Motivated,
The Diamond Guru