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It happens to the best of us. One day you look behind you and wonder aloud, "Who's that following me back there?" That's what I said to myself the day I realized that my behind was spreadin' like rumors! The good news is we can have our curves without the rolls and the strategy is easier than you may think. Here are my top four foods to get the fat-blasting power you never knew you had:
1. First, snack on nuts. I like peanuts and peanut butter for this tip because these nuts, though high in fat, are the right mix of protein and fiber to keep you satiated (full and satisfied) for longer periods of time, which prevents over-eating. But that's not all: They're also the best source of the fat-melting amino acid arginine, which can reduce body fat by as much as 64 percent. You see, the arginine not only reduces body fat but it also helps to boost your body's lean muscle mass, which revs up metabolism. For a sweet and savory snack, slather 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on chilled Granny Smith apple wedges. Yum!
Try these easy nut recipes:
Chili and Lime Seasoned Nuts
Fruit and Nut Bites
Spicy Peanut Noodles with Green Beans
2. Next, add cold-water fish like salmon or mackerel to your lunch-time salads, breakfast omelets or have as the main entrée with dinner. They're both chock-full of fat-blasting omega-3 fatty acids, which boost your metabolism. The omega3's found in salmon and mackerel increase the body's enzyme levels in the mitochondria, the energy powerhouse of your cells.
Try these healthy fish dinners:
Salmon Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa
Quinoa Salmon Cakes with Dill and Fennel
Mackerel with Cucumber Salad
3. Get with the grains. Add noodles, such as buckwheat, shirataki and kelp noodles, to your diet for their uber fat-burning potential. They're high-fiber, high-protein powerhouses that keep you full and are tasty, too! Shirataki noodles, made from the Asian Konjack yam, swell to 17 times their size once consumed, are higher in fiber than any other food and -- wait for it -- calorie-free!
Try the noodles in these recipes:
Noodles in Hot Ginger Broth
Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup
Soba Noodle Salad
4. Lean on lentils. Whether red, yellow or green, lentils get my vote for fat-burning potential because of their soluble fiber content, which also makes them a great heart disease prevention food. And fiber isn't they only thing lentils contribute -- they're a rich protein source, with other nutrients that are slowly digested so they prevent the cycle of blood sugar spikes that cause weight gain.
Try these hearty lentil dishes:
Lemony Lentil Salad
Red Lentil Soup with Turnip and Parsley
Rice & Lentil Salad
At the end of the day we have to love ourselves enough to accept every part of who we are, even if there's more to our "packaging" than we'd like. Start by putting good food on your inside and with a little work, the outside will follow.
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