Belly fat can be stubborn. Many people strive to achieve a flat stomach and end up failing to reach their goal.
If you fall into this category, I recommend looking at what you eat. There are foods you should incorporate into your diet that have specific compounds that turn your body into a better fat burner.
Chili Peppers, Powdered Cayenne Pepper and Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Capsaicin is a fiery compound found in peppers that throws off serious heat. However, it’s also one of the few natural fat burners that’s proven by science to actually work. (Read more about the power of capsaicin.)
Recipe Recommendations: Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper onto your favorite foods or mix crushed red pepper into pasta sauce.
An Oxford Polytechnic Institute study found that consuming a teaspoon of spicy-hot Mexican or Asian mustard containing curcumin increased metabolism by 20 to 25 percent. The result? 45 additional calories burned per day.
Recipe Recommendation: Dab some Asian mustard on veggies, chicken, shrimp or meat.
Garlic and Onions
The phytochemicals in garlic and onions break down fatty deposits and accelerate metabolism. They also help clear up respiratory issues so you can get a higher quality workout.
Recipe Recommendation: Combine crushed garlic, chopped onions, tomatoes and diced red, green or chili peppers to make a fat-burning salsa.
Cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar levels and may also increase fat-burning metabolism. Find out why cinnamon is considered a superfood.
Recipe Recommendation: Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon on oatmeal or baked sweet potatoes.
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