1. Monounsaturated fats: Replacing carbohydrates in your diet with
monounsaturated fats will help you slim down by shuttling fat away from
Where to get it: Avocados, Macadamia nuts, and
olive oil are great sources of monounsaturated fats. They also come
packaged with great nutrients such as antioxidants (in olive oil), fiber
(in avocado), and B-vitamins (in macadamia nuts).
EGCG or Epigallocatechin gallate is an antioxidant found in green tea
(and put in most weight-loss supplements available today). EGCG can
increase thermogenesis or heat production through extra calorie burning
and the use of stored fat as energy. Some research also shows that EGCG
can stop the growth of new fat cells.
Where to get it: The
greatest weight loss effects of EGCG are seen when combined with
caffeine, as it naturally occurs in green tea.
ketones: Raspberry ketones are an antioxidant found in raspberries that
preliminary research shows have some interesting fat loss effects.
Raspberry ketones can increase the production of the muscle-energizing,
fat-burning hormone adiponectin as well as directly increasing the
burning of stored fat.
Where to get it: You can't come close to
getting enough raspberry ketones via eating raspberries so to reap
these benefits you'll need to take a concentrated raspberry ketone
supplement (they are inexpensive and available at more health food
stores). Keep an eye out for more about raspberry ketones and weight
loss as new research gets published.
4. Docosahexaenoic acid
(DHA): Docosahexaenoic acid or DHA is one of the two omega-3 fats found
in oily fish like salmon. DHA can stop growth of young fat cells and
actually causes them to die, says research published in the Journal of
Where to get it: To get more DHA in your diet, you
can eat more oily fish or just take a fish oil supplement. If you are a
vegetarian, pick up an algae-based DHA supplement to reap the same
5. Acetic acid: Vinegar, a dilute form of acetic
acid, has potent glucose-lowering effects. One study in Italy found that
when participants added just more than1 tablespoon of vinegar to their
meal (as salad dressing) they experienced a 30 percent decrease in their
post-meal blood sugar levels. Controlling blood sugar remains an
essential component to weight loss and maintaining a lean body.
Where to get it: Adding vinegar to salads should be standard protocol,
but if you can manage to find chocolate balsamic vinegar, it makes an
excellent addition to a protein-packed chocolate smoothie.
Protein: Protein from lean sources like beef, poultry, fish, dairy, or
soy are weight loss rock stars. The amino acids that make up protein
cause your body to release the fat-burning and energy-stabilizing
hormone glucagon. The process of digesting protein also stimulates your
body to release the satiety hormone CCK. This one-two punch combined
with the fact that it takes your body more energy to digest and
breakdown protein compared to carbohydrates or fat makes it a must-have
at every meal throughout your day.
Where to get it: The
possibilities are endless, but lean proteins like Greek yogurt , cottage
cheese, and organic grilled chicken strips are especially convenient.
7. Caffeine: Caffeine is one of the most potent weight loss compounds
available to you each and every day. Caffeine blocks the breakdown of a
compound call camp, which is responsible for mobilizing stored fats so
they can be burned as energy.
Where to get it: If you are
looking for a bigger fat-burning boost, then make sure to choose black
tea over green tea or light roast coffee over dark roast for a larger
dose of caffeine
8. Fiber: Fiber is often touted to be a great
nutrient for weight loss because it slows down digestion, allowing for
sustained energy and stable blood sugar. However fiber can also optimize
hormones released during digestion that are responsible for feelings of
hunger and satiety.
Where to get it: Try to get your fiber in
its raw form instead of from foods that have been overly processed. The
processing of fiber can change its chemical make-up, which can decrease
its effectiveness at promoting satiety or lowering cholesterol. Next
time you have the choice between oatmeal and cereal made from baked oat
crisps, opt for regular oatmeal