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Day #14 Eat fat-burning foods

It’s already Day 14 of our January Tweak Diet – we’re going to miss it (maybe we should carry it on for the year? or maybe not…). Today, we’re lifting the lid on the foods that boost your burn. If you’re just joining us, scroll down to see how you can get started 

Some foods and drinks can help your body burn fat simply by consuming them. That’s the kind of news we like so let’s explore further exactly how to milk this fact for all the fat-burn it’s worth.

Thermogenesis refers to the process of heat production in our bodies. Obviously where there is heat, there is increased burn and where there is increased burn there are calories torched. Here’s what to do to help this process occur in your body:

Add chillies and cayenne to food   Spicy meals are indeed thermogenic (literally, it means ‘heat-creating’) for your metabolism. In one study on Thai women, chillies were found to immediately increase metabolic rate by 20 per cent and sustain it for up to thirty minutes.

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…as well as cinnamon, ginger, mustard, horseradish and turmeric More recently these spices have all been found to have a similar thermogenic effect of literally switching on your body’s heat-production systems, boosting the metabolism as you eat them and afterwards.


For a metabolic kick-start first thing, try this for every morning in January:  Grate a touch of fresh ginger into a pint of warm water, add a pinch of cinnamon and cayenne as well as the juice of half a lemon (this acts like ‘dishwashing liquid’ on your liver and is great if you have been over-indulging on the alcohol front) and consume before breakfast.

For a burn boost through the day, chill your water  A German study found that drinking six cups of cold water a day can raise metabolism by about 50 calories daily.  That’s barely a bowl of cereal, but over a year it could add up to a five pound weight loss.  The theory is that the body needs to work harder to warm up the cold water – making cold water thermogenic too – when it reaches the body, thus burning more calories.  But be careful not to exceed your two litres a day, too much water can put pressure on kidney function.

JUST JOINED THE HEALTHISTA JANUARY TWEAK DIET? here are some guidelines to get you started

What is the Tweak diet? Designed for anyone who doesn’t want to go on a big starv-y diet during January, we deliver you one new small change to make to your diet or lifestyle on each day in January. You continue each change throughout the month and come February, be on your way to weight loss and new healthy habits you can keep all year. You in?

1. Start anytime. Some of you will be starting on January 1st, but that’s not compulsory. If you’re joining us after January 1st, simply go back to Day 1 and start from there.

2. Continue with each of your small changes throughout the month and come end January, you will have built up a heap of new healthy habits and will be well on your way to losing weight and feeling better.

3. If you fall off the wagon just get back on asap If you don’t manage to keep up all your small changes every day, don’t worry. Just get back on the next day or even better, at the next meal.

4. Measure once at the start and once at the end. That’s all Take your waist, hip and bust measurements at the start and end of your tweak-a-thin journey.

5. Send us selfies of your tweak-a-thin journey Post them to Healthista on TwitterFacebook and in the comments below. At the end of January we’ll publish them and you’ll be in with a chance of winning a Healthista exclusive pamper hamper handpicked by yours truly.

6. Do what you can Obviously you don’t have to do every single tweak we suggest. Even just one will make a difference as we’ve handpicked each change to be small but powerful.  The more you do though, the better your results.


More posts in Healthista’s January Daily Tweak Diet

Day #1 Record everything you eat

Day #2 Drink two litres of water daily

Day #3 Your at-a-glance portion guide

Day #4: Have a protein breakfast for weight loss

Day #5 Cut back on sugar with these simple tips

Day #6 Burn an extra 500 calories a day (without the gym)

Day #7 Snack on 40 almonds a day

Day #8 Is it real hunger or a craving?

Day #9 Take the stairs – five times

Day #10 Add flavour without calories

Day #11 Weigh yourself once a week

Day #12 Drink four cups of green tea a day

Day #13 The 4 words that can stop emotional eating




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