3 Surprising Foods That Help You Burn Fat (No. 2 Is Definitely Something You’ll Want To Try!)

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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Losing weight is something many people struggle with, but it doesn’t have to be a constant battle. By boosting your metabolism with simple dietary supplements, you can help your body to burn fat even as you sleep.

It can be as simple as increasing your intake of a specific herbal tea, or incorporating more spices into your diet. These all-natural foods are generally affordable and accessible, so follow these three simple tips to help boost your metabolism and burn more fat.

1. Drink More Green Tea

green tea

Green tea stimulates your metabolism and helps burn calories, so brew yourself a pot and drink three to four cups throughout the day. The effects of green tea on metabolism are mild, but still significant(1); recent studies have shown that green tea can definitively help with weight loss and weight management(2). Green tea intake is also strongly associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease(3).

2. Spice It Up

herbs and spices

Spices like ginger and cayenne pepper are associated with weight loss, and are common ingredients in many herbal weight loss formulas. But you don’t have to take them in pill form to reap the benefits of these herbs and spices; these are easy to incorporate into cooking with simple recipes, making them a great addition to any weight-loss diet.

In a recent study, ginger was able to significantly reduce the body weight in rats(4); these results have also been confirmed by other studies(5). Cayenne has been shown to boost metabolism and promote weight loss as well(6). Other herbs and spices with weight loss promoting properties include turmeric(7), as well as garlic, cinnamon and black pepper(8,9).

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3. Honey And Cinnamon

honey comb and cinnamon

Finding natural sweeteners can be a challenge, and some will tell you to avoid honey and use plant-based sweeteners like stevia instead – however, honey – especially raw, organic honey – has a whole host of health benefits, including being beneficial for weight control, and being a novel anti-diabetic agent(10).

An 8-week randomized clinical trial studying the effects of honey consumption in diabetic patients found that substituting honey for other sugars had a positive impact on patients’ weight, as well as their blood glucose levels(11).

If you combine these methods with a healthy diet rich in lean proteins, dark green vegetables, and other anti-inflammatory foods you’ll be well on your way to weight loss sooner rather than later. Plus, all of these tips are tasty, and the ingredients they require are easily found at your local grocery store.

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23235664
[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19597519
[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17201629
[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23329526
[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24615565
[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10211048
[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3144156/
[8] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3083808/
[9] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10211048
[10] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3399220/
[11] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19817641