Top fat-fighting ingredients you should be eating more of
Food isn't the enemy. Stock these healthful ingredients in your pantry to help your body burn off those nasty pockets of fat
Why eat it? Whether you enjoy them steel-cut or rolled, the humble oat is packed with fibre that helps to boost your metabolism. How so? As fibre is indigestible, your body expends more calories than it would with other foods in its attempt to digest and eliminate it. Swap your stash of snacks for a hearty bowl of oats — it'll help you to feel fuller longer.
How to enjoy it: Overnight oats are incredibly easy to prepare. Simply mix them up with greek yogurt, mashed bananas, blueberries, and a touch of cinnamon, and let it sit in the refrigerator. You'll find breakfast waiting for you in the morning.
Why eat it? Yes, you've been told that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but did you know that it keeps those love handles at bay, too? Each apple only brings 50 to 80 calories to the table and contains neither fat nor sodium. It's also high in pectin, which binds with water and restricts the amount of fat your cells can absorb. The high fibre content of this mighty fruit also helps you to feel fuller for longer.
How to enjoy it: Cut your apple into slices, sprinkle cinnamon, and bake for 15 minutes till the sugars in the apple begin to dissolve.
Why eat it? Ever wondered why flaxseed features so frequently in weight-loss recipes? These nutty-flavoured seeds are a neat little package of omega 3 fatty acid content which helps to amp up your metabolism. On top of that, the lecithin compound in flaxseed helps to dissolve unhealty fats from food trapped in your digestive tract.
How to enjoy it: Toss it into a smoothie, sprinkle it over dips, and bake it into whole-wheat bread.