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Lose Fat the Natural Way

June 12th, 2014

It may sound too good to be true, but there are certain things you can eat or drink that will spike your metabolism, trigger fat-releasing hormones and eliminate nasty toxins that prevent you from losing weight. Having said that, remember that you can expect good results only if you consume them as part of a healthy diet. Here are some of the most potent natural fat burners.

Broccoli

Broccoli rabe contains phytonutrient sulforaphane, which stimulates an enzyme that orders fat cells to burn fat. If you are lost as to how to consume it, you can sauté it with a bit of chili flakes and lemon zest, mix it together with Italian sausage or combine it with summer squash, pine nuts, mint, lemon juice, and a few drops of quality olive oil.

 Avocado

The much-maligned fat found in avocado is actually a powerful fat burner, as its monounsaturated fats plump up cell membranes, facilitating communication between cells and the fat-burning hormones. Additionally, it switches off your body's fat storage hormones and boosts your metabolism by safeguarding the energy-producing segment of cells from the damage done by free radicals. Bring that guacamole!

Wild Salmon

If you consume wild salmon on a regular basis, this can help you significantly reduce abdominal fat. Salmon is rich in omega-3s, which help improve insulin sensitivity and consequently trim fat from your waistline. This fish also activates the thyroid hormone, speeding up your metabolism. You can poach salmon and accompany it with the watercress and grapefruit salad, or simply eat smoked salmon with mustard and dill.

 Coconut Oil

Coconut oil abounds in medium-chained-triglycerides (MCTs), which our bodies preferentially use for energy, thus reducing the chances of them being stored as fat. There have even been claims that the consumption of this oil causes greater abdominal fat loss than the intake of olive oil, over a 16-week period. Naturally, this doesn't mean you should ditch olive oil entirely, as it has other benefits, but use coconut oil for cooking and olive oil for, say, salad dressing.

Coffee

Coffee stimulates adrenaline, sending a message to your fat storage to burn fat. If you drink it 20 minutes before a set of workouts, it will also act as an ergogenic aid, allowing you to exercise more intensely. But bear in mind that you should make it black and caffeinated and avoid pouring milk in it because it reduces the fat-burning potential. Furthermore, if you take more than a cup a day, it may well start to negatively affect your body's ability to control insulin, which is its fat storage hormone.

 Tea

There are certain types of tee that can help you lose weight. They usually come as blends of natural ingredients which contribute to fat burning; for instance, a potent slim tea would be a combination green tea, cassia seeds, roses, chrysanthemum and lotus leaf. Such teas are really quite tasty, allowing you to enjoy losing weight. One cup tea will give a natural boost to your energy levels keeping you on the go throughout your day. If you drink a cup each morning this will get your brain pumping and your blood flowing.

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