If you've got stubborn fat that's been with you longer than some of your friendships, stop lugging it around and put it to work. By choosing the right foods (and they won't be what you expect!), you can trick your fat into burning itself away. If deprivation isn't your thing, try this three-step revolutionary plan that will let you slim down and eat decadent, delicious foods at the same time.
Monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs, are found in some of the nature's most indulgent foods, including avocado, olives, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts like cashews, almonds and pecans, nut butters and dark chocolate. Oddly enough, a study from the American Diabetic Association found that eating a diet rich in MUFAs actually decreased belly fat. MUFAs may also help improve insulin sensitivity, which is important for good blood sugar control and avoiding and treating diabetes.
To put MUFAs to work on your belly fat, eat a MUFA-rich food with every meal and make sure that 50% of the fat calories you eat in a day come from MUFAs. Here are good portions to stick with:
- A quarter avocado
- 10 olives
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons nuts
- 2 tablespoons nut butter
- A quarter cup of dark chocolate chips
Polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs, can be found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines, as well as in seaweed, pine nuts and sunflower seeds and sunflower oil. PUFAs are thought to affect metabolism and promote the breakdown of fat cells while lowering cholesterol. A recent study showed PUFAs promoted weight loss in obese women.
To get maximum benefit, include at least two PUFA-rich foods into your meals every day. Here are some good examples:
- 3 ounces of fish
- Seaweed snacks
- A shot glass of pine nuts
- 1 ounce of sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons of sunflower seed oil
Try alpha-cyclodextrin (FBCx)
This amazing cutting-edge fiber could have a huge weight-loss impact. By forming a stable complex with bad fats in your diet, it traps them in your stool and prevents them from being absorbed by your body. This translates to way fewer calories and could even help protect your heart from the damaging effects of bad fats like saturated fat. Plus, FBCx has also been shown to reduce blood sugar spikes after a carb-heavy meal.
Save FBCx for when you really overindulge in a fatty meal and limit yourself to no more than 2 grams a couple times a week. So far, studies suggest that FBCx is safe to take, though some people may experience some mild gastrointestinal side effects. As always, talk to your doctor before trying a new supplement.