Nuts Want to feel figure-fabulous with and without your clothes? Supercharge snack time with nuts. Cashews, Brazil nuts, walnuts and almonds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which help control appetite and lower muffin top-inducing cortisol levels. In 2011, scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health found people who ate lots of high-fibre foods including nuts increased their weight loss by 3lbs over four years.
Try this: Nibble on a selection of raw mixed nuts with a chopped apple to keep you feeling full between meals.
Spinach Ridiculously low in calories, spinach is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Like other members of the dark green leafy family, this super-slimming veggie helps boost liver detoxification, cleansing your body of unwanted toxins, which is crucial for successful weight loss.
Try this: Add a handful of spinach to salads and drizzle with balsamic vinegar for a tasty meal.
Eggs Where do we start? Eggs are cheap, packed with nutrients and high in protein, which fills you up without filling you out. A 2012 study by researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in Louisiana found overweight and obese people who ate eggs for breakfast had lower levels of the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin in their blood three hours after eating. Result!
Try this: A poached egg on wholegrain toast.
Avocado A speedy metabolism is a sure-fire route to weight loss success, and avocados have special powers to help perk up your body’s fat burning furnace. Often wrongly demonised in the dieting world, this amazing fruit is a wonderful source of monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants.
Try this: 2 tablespoons of guacamole served on two oatcakes.
Salmon When it comes to successful weight loss, salmon gets five stars. The fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help your body burn fat at a faster rate, and it’s a fabulous source of protein. It’s versatile too, and can be enjoyed steamed, baked or grilled.
Try this: Salmon with mixed salad leaves and roasted vegetables.
Oats A steaming bowl of oats is the perfect way to start the day. Oats are loaded with fibre, which helps keep your digestive tract in tip-top shape and keeps you feeling full for hours. They’re also a great source of B vitamins, which help to regulate hormones.
Try this: 50g porridge made with almond milk and topped with 1tbsp flaxseed.
Green tea OK, strictly speaking it’s not a food, but green tea is well known as a fat burner. This waist-trimming tea is crammed with antioxidants called catechins and just enough caffeine to give you a buzz without leaving you wired. A study published in the journal Obesity found that EGCG, a powerful compound in the brew, helped slow down weight gain even when combined with a high fat diet.
Try this: Add a squeeze of lemon to a cup of green tea to help boost liver detoxification.