Secret belly-fat burner: Omega-3s
Eating fat might sound like a crazy idea when you’re trying to lose fat, but getting more omega-3 fatty acids from fatty fish like salmon could be just what the diet doctor ordered, according to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition. Although the exact mechanisms are unknown, omega-3 fatty acids reduce fat mass. Other studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids make you feel less hungry and more satisfied up to two hours after eating a fatty fish meal. Aim to eat salmon or another oily fish, like mackerel, herring, or canned tuna at least twice a week.
Secret belly-fat burner: Anthocyanins
In a study at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, rats on either high-fat or low-fat diets that got just 2% of their calories from blueberry powder for 90 days all lost abdominal fat, though the fat loss was greater in rats on the low-fat diet. Anthocyanins-phytonutrients in blueberries-may have an effect on genes that regulate fat metabolism, say researchers. They suggest that one cup of blueberries a day might have similar results in people.