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While exercise is of key importance in any fat-burning diet plan, it is possible to flatten your tummy and slenderize your thighs with certain food choices. The following ten foods have been found to assist in lasting weight loss.

  1. Oatmeal – Indulging in a nice, warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning may help stave off the temptation to run to the vending machine for sugary snacks mid-morning. Because oatmeal remains in your stomach for longer than, for example, a pastry, it keeps you feeling full until you’re able to take a more responsible snack or lunch break. Steer clear of any sweetened or cream varieties, as the sugar in them is packed with calories. Instead, add raisins, berries or zero calorie sweetener.
  1. Low-fat Frozen Yogurt – Low-fat frozen yogurt contains an unsaturated fat called conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. CLA assists in the burning of fat throughout the body, but is particularly effective at shedding inches around the waist. Choose a tasty low-fat frozen yogurt treat after dinner instead of ice cream and enjoy some coffee on the side. It also helps flatten your belly and tastes great with vanilla or mint flavored yogurt.
  1. Puffed Wheat Cereal with Flax Seed, Berries and Cherries – The belly fat that hides your abdominal muscles is effectively diminished when your diet includes resistant starches, omega-3 fatty acids and the antioxidants found in cherries, berries and other dark fruits and vegetables.
  1. Easy turkey Sandwich – Whole wheat bread is full of fiber and keeps you feeling full longer than other types of bread, so it’s best to stick to this staple as often as possible. Add some fat-free mayo or mustard, a few slices of turkey breast (full of fat-fighting CLA) and some veggies, such as lettuce, tomato and onion. The lettuce is filling while the tomato and onion are both believed to prevent your body from storing excess fat.
  1. Salmon and Cream Cheese – Once again, CLA and omega-3 fatty acids combine for a fantastic belly-flattening appetizer that’s delicious as well. Place some thinly sliced smoked salmon on a piece of dark rye or wheat bread and accent it with a dollop of delectable cream cheese for a snack that feels far more indulgent than it really is.
  1. Crushed Red Pepper – Add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper to your pasta, salad or popcorn for a spicy flavor boost that burns fat, too. Studies show that  the capsaicin in this yummy addition can help you burn more fat calories, allowing you to lose weight quickly and healthily.
  1. Natural, Raw Almonds – Rather than reach for the potato chips when hunger attacks, try a couple handfuls of raw almonds instead. The good fats and fiber in almonds keep you feeling full and satisfied and are great for your skin and hair.
  1. Protein Shakes and Smoothies – Whether or not you’re hitting the gym on a daily basis, your body uses protein to fight fat and build lean muscle mass. Add some chocolate or vanilla flavored protein powder to fat-free milk or soy milk for a delicious treat that helps keep you slim.
  1. Whole Wheat Pita Bread with Toppings – Spinach complements pita bread and hummus adds a fiber-rich zing. Enjoy this tasty treat as a snack in the middle of the afternoon to keep your metabolism up and running.
  1. Sushi – While some modern sushi rolls contain deep-fried ingredients that can add weight to your mid-section, traditional rolls with rice, avocado and eel or salmon are incredibly filling and the healthy fats they contain help bolster your body’s natural fat-burning ability.

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