Believe it or not, your body actually doesn't want to store fat.
And the secret to lasting weight-loss does not come down to complicated calorie-counting or weight-loss gimmicks. Instead, it's all about finding your body's own natural rhythms.
But sometimes it's alright to have a little help – especially when that help is from tasty fat-burning foods. Who doesn't want to lose weight while you actually chew your food anyway?
It's the best of both worlds!
With these little wonders, your metabolism is going to get a major boost and you will be on your way to trim-ville in no time.
Here are our top picks:
Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods – especially those rich in fibre – so stick to whole grains rather than anything processed.
Protein has a high fat-burning effect: You burn about 30 percent of the calories the food contains during digestion. So a 300 calorie chicken breast takes about 90 calories to break down.
Drinking four cups of green tea a day can help people lose up to six pounds in two months. There's a compound found in green tea called EGCG, that speeds up your metabolism after sipping it. Brew anyone?
One cup of lentils equals 35 percent of your daily iron needs – which is great because 20 percent of us are iron deficient. When your body doesn't get all the nutrients it needs, your metabolism slows down, so make sure to carry a bag of lentils where ever you go!
Capsaicin is the compound found in chilli peppers that give them their kick – and in turn heats up your body and melts additional calories. Sweet.