10 Foods That Burn Fat Fast

Eat these foods to slim down

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    Almonds aren't only a tasty snack, they're also packed with protein, fiber and healthy fat. Studies have found that eating almonds in moderation - 1-3 ounces per day - can help people lose weight by stabilizing blood sugar and warding off hunger. People who eat nuts also tend to have less belly fat.

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    Research shows that eating breakfast jump starts the metabolism, helping dieters burn more calories than non-breakfast eaters. Furthermore, people who eat eggs for breakfast tend to eat fewer calories in the hours that follow than those who eat other foods for breakfast and those who skip breakfast all together.

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    Low-fat dairy foods such as milk are packed with calcium, which has been shown to play a key role in weight loss. The vitamin D in milk aids the body in absorbing calcium and has been shown in some studies to boost metabolism.

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    Asparagus is a natural diuretic, flushing fluids and minimizing water weight gain that can occur after eating salty foods. Asparagus is also believed to play a role in the breakdown of fat in the body. At 26 calories a cup, asparagus is a great low-cal snack.

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    Lettuce is very low in calories - a cup of iceberg lettuce has about 6 calories. It's also high in fluid- and fat-flushing water.

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    Celery, like lettuce, is very low in calories - about 14 calories per cup - and very high in fat-flushing water. Keep in mind the body burns about 85 calories per hour chewing and digesting food ... so eating a salad with one cup each of iceberg lettuce, asparagus and celery will actually help the body burn more calories than it takes in.

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    Lean meats like turkey, chicken and sirloin steak are high in muscle-building protein. Studies have shown that the more muscle people have, the more calories they burn, even in a resting position.

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    An apple a day may keep the doctor away and it may also keep the fat away. One study found that dieters who ate one apple before each meal, burned more calories and lost more weight than dieters who did not kick off their meals apples.

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    Deliciously juicy and long touted as a diet aid, grapefruit is high in pectin, which has been shown to break down fat in the body.

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    Water is an important part of any diet and works in a myriad of ways. It cuts fluid retention by flushing water from the body. It's also been shown to speed the metabolism. Furthermore, drinking water prevents dehydration, which has been shown to slow the metabolism. People who are dehydrated often confuse thirst for hunger and end up eating unnecessary calories.