10 Foods To Help Shred Christmas Calories

Health & Wellbeing December 11 2013
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll be well aware that it’s only mid December which means we have barely scratched the tip of the holiday-party iceberg – and with calendars jam-packed with boozy lunches and night-time soirees for the next week or more it’s likely that our waistlines will take a hit…unless we take charge and make changes! After reading Elle (US) Magazine’s ’10 foods to help burn Thanksgiving calories’ by Dana James WY? decided to start consuming these foods NOW to avoid amy unwanted Christmas ‘pudding tops’ post all the festive fun…..Here is a quick WY? run down of the 10 foods that will spike metabolisms and eliminate toxins that make it hard for your body to shred Christmas calories. Add these foods to your diet and beat the bulge today…

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Broccoli Rabe - This green god talks to your fat cells and stimulates an enzyme that tells your cells to burn fat. Here’s a great recipe from The Daily Green which includes this fat fighting green.

Avocados - Hailed as an almighty superfood, there’s not much that the avocado can’t do. We love avocados because the fat found in them is a triple-fat burner: it plumps up cell membranes enabling cells to talk to fat burning hormones, it switches off the body’s fat storage hormone and boosts our metabolism…Bring on the avocado smash!Head to Batch Espresso or Three Bags Full for the best smash…
Brazil Nuts 
- Next time you want a snack, reach for the big Brazil nuts instead of the ever so popular activated almonds. These bad boys are great fat-burners as they boost our metabolism by converting the thyroid hormone to its active form. Plus, these tasty delights bind up toxins that tend to store themselves in your fat cells and contribute to cellulite.For a bulk buy of Brazil nuts check out Terra Madre in Brunswick.

Chia Seeds - Jam packed with omega-3 fats, fibre and protein these little gems help to suppress appetite, ignite the metabolism and turn on glucagon which is one of the body’s big fat burning hormones. Try our fave chia seed pudding recipe from The Holistic Ingredient.

Wild Salmon - If you’re looking for an easier way to shred abdominal fat that doesn’t require endless crunches, planks and bicycles then wild salmon could be your saving grace. If eaten on a regular basis the omega-3s found in the salmon will help improve insulin sensitivity which in turn shrinks fat from your waistline. Check out CanadianWay for local stockists - they also ship it straight to your door frozen!Oysters - Not only are oysters a great aphrodisiac but they are your dining salvation if you’re trying to watch your waistline without sacrificing a nice meal out. Low in calories (only 50 for six oysters) these slippery suckers are also rich in zinc which helps decrease appetite and PMS cravings.For the best oysters we love Theo & Sons at the Prahran Market.

Coconut Oil - This tropical trooper comes with a host of health benefits and one simple way to increase fat burning is by swapping olive oil for coconut oil in your cooking. Coconut oil contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs) which our body uses for energy, meaning there is less opportunity for them to be stored as fat….it’s a no brainer why you should make this simple swap.Our fave coconut oil (and Sarah Wilson‘s too) is Bananban. Buy online from Golden Glow

Cinnamon - This aromatic super spice helps move glucose into the cells faster so our hated fat storage hormone, insulin, hangs around less! But take note: you need to consume at least a quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon to reap the fat burning benefits. We love cinnamon on our porridge in the mornings or incorporated into a smoothie. Here are two recipes for you to try from The Natural Nutritionist and Insamina

Coffee - Thanks to it’s fat burning powers there’s even more reason to love your morning drop. Coffee stimulates adrenaline in the body which sends a message to your fat stores to burn fat but in order to reap the benefits it’s best to make your coffee black as milk reduces coffee’s fat burning potential. For the very best drop check out Clement Roasters in the South Melbourne Market or if you’re in Sydney head to Sideshow, Single Origin Roasters in Surry Hills.

You can read Dana’s full fat burning food article here.