Five metabolism-boosting foods

MICHELE FOLEY
Last updated 14:25 11/10/2013
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FAT-FIGHTING: A wholesome bowl of oats is a winner for the first meal of the day.

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It's pretty easy to name a list of fatty foods - donuts and cakes are a few that come to my mind. But what about fat-fighting foods? Besides being good for you already, there's a growing list of foods that actually help burn fat. Check out our list of what to stock up on if you want to slim down.

Raw Nuts

Raw nuts, especially almonds, help the body metabolise faster because they're high in alpha-linolenic acid. Added bonus: you'll eat less because the monounsaturated fats in nuts help satisfy your hunger longer. Snack on a handful each day, or try an almond butter sandwich for lunch.

Cinnamon

The body takes quick spikes in sugar levels as a sign to store fat; luckily, the addition of cinnamon helps prevent those highs from happening. Grate some over your next sweet treat or morning yoghurt.

Oats

Oats are slow to digest, and this helps regulate blood sugar levels. You also end up feeling fuller for a longer period of time, warding off your need to eat. Add some fruit, nuts, or cinnamon to your next bowl, and make sure to eat the unsweetened stuff.

Dairy Products

A study measuring the effects of dairy on a low-calorie diet showed that those who consumed low-fat dairy products like yoghurt, cheese, and milk lost the most weight. Dairy products are high in protein, which helps us feel full faster and also helps to speed up metabolism.

Turmeric

Turmeric, the spice that gives mustard and curry its yellow color, may slow down the growth of fat tissue. Swap out mayo for mustard, or try this healthy recipe for Spicy cauliflower salad.

- PopSugar

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