6 Fat-Burning Snacks

Swap out your regular snacks for these Oz-Approved foods. They're healthy and they can help you start losing weight!

6 Fat-Burning Snacks

Not all snacks are created equal. You can start melting fat today just by swapping out your regular snacks for these Oz-Approved foods. All of these ideas pack a healthy punch and they can help you start losing weight.

Figs

This exotic fruit is an excellent source of fiber, which helps keep you full longer. Snacking on figs will help you eat less and burn fat faster. Plus they're a great option when you're craving something sweet but don't want a snack with added sugar. Skip the cookies and opt for fresh or dried figs to get the most health benefits.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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