You’re aware that the only way to shed unwanted pounds is by exercising and maintaining a proper diet. But nutrition professor Dr Ken Fujioka of Stony Brook University in the US says that you’ve gotten only half the equation correct: “While it’s true that exercise is crucial, you can enhance the calorie burn by complementing your workouts with the right foods.” To boost your weight loss results, make room for these four fruits in your diet.
Eat this daily as part of a 12-week weight loss plan, and you’ll shed 1.4kg, according to research at the Scripps Clinic in the US. “The chemical properties in this vitamin C-packed fruit reduce insulin levels, which promote weight loss,” says Dr Fujioka.
Serving suggestions: As well as smearing it across your steaks, chop and serve it with prawn curry, or blend the juice with olive oil, coriander and pepper for a healthy sea bass marinade.
This tropical fat fighter is a source of the enzyme bromelain, which breaks down protein and raises the body’s metabolic rate.
Serving suggestions: Turn a chicken mayo sandwich into a fat buster by adding pineapple slices and jalapeno peppers. Also, men who ate jalapenos, in trials at Laval University in Canada, burned 1,000 more calories a day than those who didn’t.
“Tomatoes contain vitamin C and citrimalicoxalic acids, which aid your metabolic process,” says Cook. They also help the kidneys filter out large quantities of fatty deposits.
Serving suggestions: Tackle the fat in dishes such as lamb curry by popping in a few slices of tomatoes.
The pectin found in lemon peel is a great source of fibre that helps weight loss by turning into a sticky gel when you digest it, preventing your stomach from absorbing sugar too quickly. The Journal of the American College of Nutrition reports that it can also eliminate the urge to snack for up to four hours. Serving suggestions: Grate the zest and mix it into the marinade for your ribs, along with oil, thyme and mustard. Or use it to ease your June vacation’s indulgence by including it in the mixture for your mince pies or bread and butter pudding.