Lean meat. Eating lean meat raises satiety levels so that you feel fuller longer and therefore snack less. Protein-rich meat requires a lot of energy to be broken down by the body so you burn more calories relative to how much you eat.
Green tea. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that study participants who drank four cups of green tea daily lost six pounds or more in eight weeks. The brew can be enjoyed hot or cold to get the same fat-burning results. Noted nutritionist, J.J. Virgin, author of the New York Times best-seller, The Virgin Diet, says that green tea contains EGCG, a proven fat-burning antioxidant.
Avocados. This food is rich in monounsaturated fat and high in fiber, says Virgin. Added to a salad, it steps up fat burning and keeps you fuller longer.
Raw almonds. A handful of almonds – which contain protein, good fats, and fiber – provides a triple punch to help burn fat and curb appetite.
Hot peppers. Adding cayenne pepper or other hot peppers to foods improves the body’s ability to burn fat, says Kamhi. Capsaicin, the chemical that makes peppers hot, boosts metabolism.
Coffee. Caffeine also helps kick start your metabolism into high gear. It jump starts the process called lipolysis, the breakdown of fat. One or two cups a day will do the trick.