Fat Burning Foods

If your jeans are feeling a bit tighter these days and you have a strong sense that the scale is either lying or broken, look no further than your fridge for a weight-lowering resolution. Despite what most fad diets will claim, you actually need to eat in order to slim the scale down. Here are some top foods to boost your metabolism and burn fat faster.

THE Fish of the Family
Salmon is often mentioned as one of the healthiest fish around, and it can take the heat and live up to all the hype. The cold-water fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats that reduce inflammation which may help lower your risk of weight gain. A number of recent studies show that chronic inflammation can impact blood sugar levels and insulin resistance and throw leptin levels, a hormone that controls appetite, out of whack.
• Choose 'wild' over 'farmed' when you can aim to get 2-3 servings of salmon per week.
Drink Up!
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition cited preliminary research that found drinking green tea daily may fire up metabolism and promote a small amount of weight loss. To reap the reported benefits however, you'll need to down multiple cups a day.
Feeling Hot Hot Hot!
Chili peppers may not miraculously make the scale plummet, but they do contain capsaicin, a compound that may influence metabolism. Research shows that consuming chili peppers can rev up metabolism and boost your calorie-burning potential.
Low Cal ToFu
Research from the University of Illinois links low-calorie vegetarian protein sources like soymilk and tofu to raising your metabolism, helping to lower your body fat percentage. Try switching to low-fat soymilk with your morning cereal or toss tofu into a vegetable stir-fry for a quick, healthy dinner.
Home Grown & Healthy!
Grapefruit may bring back memories of fad diets-gone bad, but the citrus fruit may actually help improve insulin levels, making us feel less hungry. Big on satiety from its high fiber and water content, grapefruit's low in calories and can aid weight loss when incorporated into a healthy diet. Start your day with ½ a grapefruit at breakfast or toss slices into salads or dressings.
Chicken Little!
Lean sources of protein like chicken, eggs and turkey breast are powerhouses when it comes to fighting off excess fat. Protein-rich foods give our metabolism a big boost, enhancing the ability to burn calories and build lean muscle mass. Aim to have protein at every meal to fill you up quickly for a longer period of time.

Marissa Lippert is a registered dietitian in Manhattan who helps clients lead balanced lifestyles, enjoying food while actively achieving dietary, weight, health and wellness goals. Marissa works to bring her clients back into the kitchen, making grocery shopping and cooking healthful, quick, and simply delicious. She keeps her finger on the pulse of what busy, informed individuals need and want when it comes to living and eating well. Voted as one of New York's "Best Nutritionists" in 2007 by New York Citysearch, Marissa currently counsels clients through her self-owned company, Nourish. She frequently contributes to numerous publications including Glamour, The New York Times, Women's Health, Woman's Day, Runners World, and Health magazine and has partnered with Equinox Gyms, Whole Foods, Disney and other corporations to plan and promote nutrition and healthy cooking programming and seminars. For more information, see Marissa's website.

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