All foods are not bad in your battle against the bulge; certain foods, such as those listed below, actually stimulate your metabolism, boosting the body’s ability to burn fat.
Apples: The pectin found in apples help bind with water and limits the amount of fat your cells can absorb. Apples are also high in fiber, which makes you feel full.
Recent research suggests other benefits of eating apples, including preventing metabolic syndrome, the combination of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and pre-diabetes that tends to accompany thickening around the waist.
Oats: A whole grain, oats are high in soluble fiber, so they cut cholesterol and blood fat. Oats, because they digest slowly in the body, will not raise your blood sugar, and they keep you feeling filled up. Oatmeal is, oddly enough, one of the best foods to help you sleep, as well. Old-fashioned steel-cut and rolled oats, with up to 5 grams of fiber per serving, are best, but even instant oatmeal has 3 to 4 grams of fiber per serving.
Cinnamon: According to a recent study cinnamon appears to have the power to help your body metabolize sugar. Eating as little as 1/4 to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon a day was found to reduce blood sugar levels and cut cholesterol from 10 to 25 percent.
Pine nuts: Rich in heart-healthy fatty acids, particularly pinolenic acid, pine nuts have been found to boost levels of ghrelin, a hormone which signals your brain that you are full. When ghrelin levels are high, not only do you not feel hungry, you’re more able to resist cravings.
Eggs: A nutritional powerhouse, eggs are the perfect way to start your day. Dietary studies have repeatedly found that when people eat an egg every morning in addition to toast or cereal, they lose twice as much weight as those who eat a breakfast that is dominated by carbs.