In one study healthy subjects spent 24 hours in a respiratory chamber designed to measure their energy expenditure. They were given supplements containing either green tea extract, caffeine or a placebo. Those who consumed the green tea extract supplement burned significantly more calories than the control group. They also had significantly higher amounts of norepinephrine in their urine. Caffeine alone (in the same amount present in the green tea extract) did not increase fat burning.
High-Fiber Foods: These include things like chia seeds, flaxseeds or fresh veggies and berries. Because fiber is not able to be digested once consumed, plus it absorbs so much of its own weight in water, these foods help slow your body’s digestion of glucose (sugar), keep you feeling full and beat cravings. Many foods high in fiber are also very nutritionally dense, meaning you get more bang for your nutritional buck.

2. Say no to skipping meals: Many of us believe that if we skip our meals, then we can easily lose weight but that's an incorrect notion. Skipping meals puts your body in the starvation mode and which eventually leads to accumulation of fat cells. Also, when you skip a meal you tend to overeat during the next meal, increasing the risk of weight gain. Make sure you eat small and frequent meals and opt for healthy snacks in between so that your metabolism is boosted, you are satiated and your energy levels are up.
Stress may contribute to abdominal fat, according to several studies, including a recent one at the University of California, San Francisco. "When you're stressed, hormones like cortisol stimulate your appetite, slow your metabolism down and encourage fat storage inside your abdomen," explains Shawn Talbott, Ph.D., director of the Nutrition Clinic at the University of Utah. So what's a frazzled girl to do? "Find an activity that reduces stress for you, whether it's listening to soothing music or taking yoga, and do it daily," advises Talbott.
In a study published in the journal Obesity, 48 overweight adults aged 55-75 were given instructions for a low-calorie diet including meal plans and sample menus. Half of the participants were also given cases of bottled water and told to drink one 16-ounce bottle before each meal. Over the following 12 weeks, the water group showed a 44% greater weight loss than the non-water group.
Happy hour isn’t so happy when you consider the toll it takes on your waistline, says Fiola Sowemimo, MD, board-certified in internal and bariatric medicine. Booze is one of the biggest factors in weight gain, especially if you’re drinking alcohol combined with sugary mixers, like margaritas or a rum-and-Coke. “One of the top tips I give to my patients looking to lose weight is to avoid excess alcohol,” she says. Here’s what to order at the bar if you want to lose weight.

Lifting weights doesn’t have to mean spandex and an expensive gym membership; all it takes to build some fat-blasting muscle is to lift some weight, says Caroline Apovian, MD, Director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at the Boston Medical Center, professor at the Boston University School of Medicine and vice-president of The Obesity Society. “Strength training will help maintain a healthy body and metabolism, especially approaching, during, and after middle age,” she says. “The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.” Aim for two strength training sessions per week.
An apple a day keeps the weight at bay! While not overflowing with nutrients like other fruits or vegetables, apples still have a number of benefits that can contribute to weight loss. First, they are packed with fiber, which helps curb appetite, so eat one when you feel the urge to snack on some less-desirable foods. Second, they can help regulate blood sugar levels, and therefore help regulate your appetite and energy levels. Third, the pectin in apples can lower cholesterol, and serve as another way to help regulate blood sugar, by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates. Finally, apples are a naturally low-sodium food, which can help prevent excess water retention and water weight.
Just like exercise, diets are different for everyone, especially when it comes to the best way to lose weight naturally. "I could tell my patients to eat nuts and berries, meditate, sit in a corner, and eat salmon. But if that doesn't work for them, they're out," says Doornick. "It's important to be realistic about what people can and can't do. Start where they want to start, and set realistic food parameters." (Here's why you should give up restrictive dieting once and for all.)
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