Dr. Oz reveals his top fat-burning formulas to help 5 different body types slim down. As a bonus, indulge in a few guilt-free, fat-burning desserts.
Do you want to lose your bulging belly? Banish a big butt? Wave goodbye to arms that jiggle? Say so long to fat thighs? Get rid of fat all over?
For years, many have thought that one type of diet could help everyone maintain a healthy body weight. But that thinking has changed based on the latest research indicating how different body types require special diets to lose weight in targeted areas, such as the arms, belly, thighs or rear end.
Dr. Oz has gathered all the latest science on body fat to come up with the five best fat busters to help you slim down where you want to most.1. Fat-burning Formula for Your Belly
More than half of all American women struggle with extra belly fat. One reason why it's tough to burn fat around your middle is because of stress. Fight-or-flight hormones send the body a message telling it to hold onto excess padding. To burn excess belly fat in just 7 days, try:
- 1000mg GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) before every meal
- 1 cup of beans at every meal
For 1 week, take 1000mg of the supplement GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an omega-6 fatty acid that sends calming chemicals to the body's fat cells, signaling them to give up some of their fat stores.
Also add 1 cup of beans to every meal. Beans are loaded with soluble fiber, which promotes good bacteria in the gut, thus lowering inflammation linked to belly fat. Try adding beans to your diet, three times a day for 7 days. Here are some suggestions:
2. Fat-burning Formula for Your Butt
- Breakfast: Eat 1 cup of chickpeas or try this Chickpea Muffin Recipe
- Lunch: Mix 1 cup of black beans into a healthy frozen meal
- Dinner: Add 1 cup of navy or other beans as a side dish
Due to genetics, some people are more prone to store fat in their rear end, which from an evolutionary standpoint served to provide insulation and protection. If you have this body type, your butt is the first place you gain weight and the last place you lose it. To burn fat fast, try:
- Chitosan and whey protein smoothie, twice a day
Made from the exoskeleton (the outer shell) of certain shellfish, chitosan, referred to by some manufacturers as "the fat magnet," serves as a dietary fiber that can actually inhibit fats from getting absorbed into the intestinal wall so they don't get into your body and settle in your buttocks.
Whey protein is a fat-free source of amino acids, which stimulate growth hormones to help your body burn fat and build lean muscle mass, particularly targeting the large muscles in your behind to help make it appear smaller.
To burn butt fat, drink a Chitosan and Whey Protein Smoothie
at both breakfast and lunch for 7 days. For the complete recipe, click here.3. Fat-burning Formula for Your Arms
Flabby upper arms, also referred to as "bat wings" can be a trouble spot for many women. Fat deposits stored here tend to be concentrated in this area because your body wants to keep them as energy reserves. To lose stubborn fat in your upper arm area, consume the following every day for 1 week:
- 6 cups of parsley tea daily
- 3 sweet potatoes, 1 at every meal
Parsley contains powerful antioxidants, has diuretic effects, and may help balance hormones that otherwise allow you to store fat in certain body areas such as your arms.
Drinking parsley in tea form promotes satiety so you feel full.
In addition, make sweet potatoes your only carb at every single meal -- breakfast, lunch and dinner -- for 1 week. Sweet potatoes are low-glycemic foods, as opposed to foods with a high glycemic index that spike hormone levels linked to arm fat. Enjoy sweet potatoes each day in different ways such as in pancakes for breakfast, baked "fake fries" for lunch, or baked for dinner. For recipe suggestions, click here.4. Fat-burning Formula for Thighs
Research shows that thigh fat is less metabolically active than fat on other parts of the body. To burn fat in this stubborn area, your body needs a metabolic boost. Try increasing your metabolism to burn fat stores in your thighs with:
- 1000mg calcium pyruvate before each meal
- Swap all meat for meat substitutes
Pyruvic acid is found naturally in the body, helps convert sugar and starches into energy, and has been shown to boost metabolism. However, to actually help burn thigh fat, you need more pyruvic acid than the body can provide. A calcium pyruvate supplement combines pyruvic acid and calcium to aid weight loss by working to minimize fat storage in areas like your thighs. Take 1000mg of calcium pyruvate before each meal for 1 week.
Animal fat has a high-saturated fat content that can get stored in your thighs. Don't eat meat for 1 week. Instead, choose protein from plant sources: veggie burgers, soy hot dogs and tofu bacon.5. Fat-burning Formula for All-Over Body Fat
Exciting new research demonstrates that you can melt fat all over your body with green coffee bean extract. To benefit from what's being hailed as the safe new weight-loss pill take:
- 800mg green coffee bean extract, twice daily
"Green coffee" refers to coffee in its rawest, purest form. The unroasted seeds, or beans, of coffea fruits may slow glucose absorption and stop fat from accumulating all over your body. In a new study, participants who took the supplement did not exercise nor did they change their diet, yet they lost over 10% of their body weight on average.
To benefit from green coffee bean extract, take 800mg twice a day, about 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner with a large glass of water. Be sure to purchase "pure" green coffee bean extract, free of binders, cellulose or other additives.More about Green Coffee Beans...
THE GREEN COFFEE BEAN THAT BURNS FAT FASTBy Lindsey Duncan, ND, CN
Normally, I don't recommend "weight-loss" supplements, especially weight-loss supplements that claim "easy" weight loss or "fast" weight loss. As a nutritionist, I strongly believe that the key to weight loss is a healthy diet and exercise, but there are some incredible superfoods that can deliver an added boost. One superfood in particular, the green coffee bean, is creating major media buzz, and the research has me truly amazed.
What has me and the scientific community so excited about green coffee bean extract is that people don't have to do anything different when taking this food supplement. They don't need to exercise, and they don't need to diet; they just appear to lose pounds fast.
Let's cut to the chase: The most recent study on green coffee bean published in the Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity journal followed a group of 16 adults who supplemented with green coffee bean for only 12 weeks. Over the course of the study, the subjects lost an average of 17 pounds each -- this was 10.5% of their overall body weight and 16% of their overall body fat! There were no side effects reported. This is very exciting information and one reason why I think that green coffee bean could be an effective weapon against the obesity epidemic in our country.
The key to this incredible weight loss is not attributed to the caffeine. The green coffee bean supplement has only around 20mg of caffeine per serving, whereas your daily cup of coffee has over 100mg, (and your "venti drip" has as much as 400mg). Green coffee bean is not a stimulant; it doesn't make you jittery and nervous and raise your heart rate like roasted coffee or ephedra. In fact, the green coffee bean has actually shown in some studies to help lower blood pressure -- while still boosting metabolism.
They key ingredient in the green coffee bean is a very important natural active compound called chlorogenic acid. Chlorogenic acid works by inhibiting the release of glucose in the body, while at the same time boosting the metabolism or the "burning" of fat in the liver. These two mechanisms work together to inhibit the absorption of fat and eliminate weight gain.
You may be wondering if you can get the same effects from the coffee you drink with breakfast in the morning -- and the truth is that you can't. When you roast coffee beans, you remove the chlorogenic acid. Green coffee beans are unroasted, have little aroma and are extremely bitter -- because they contain over 50% chlorogenic acid. Remember, as I've always said, when it comes to your health, "Bitter is better."
Because the green coffee bean is so bitter, I recommend taking it in capsule form. I suggest finding 400mg pure green coffee bean capsules -- make sure they are pure and contain absolutely no fillers or binders. Take two capsules about 30 minutes before meals; I recommend taking them two or three times per day with a full glass of water for the best results. And remember that combining green coffee bean with a healthy diet and exercise can improve your results.
Here are three simple and delicious desserts that can also help you burn fat even when you're treating yourself.Easy Berry Cheesecake
Dairy products, including cottage cheese, have been associated with diet-induced weight loss. Plus, fiber in berries can help prevent bloating and keep your digestive system moving to also help keep you trim.Ingredients
½ cup low-fat cottage cheese
½ cup fresh or frozen mixed berries
1 packet stevia
Mix together, chill and serve.Peanut Butter Oat Balls
These delicious treats are packed with fiber from the oats to help keep you full, and protein in the peanut butter helps build muscle mass and burn fat.Ingredients
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp chopped oats
Mix together 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 2 tablespoons of chopped oats. Roll them into balls and store in the refrigerator.
Try using coconut milk. Coconut milk contains a special kind of fat, which is metabolized differently and is less likely to be stored in fat cells, which can aid weight loss.Fat-burning Chickpea MuffinsIngredients
1 can or 2 cups boiled chickpeas
2 grated carrots
2 tsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp poppy seeds
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to tasteDirections
In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients, except the poppy seeds, until you get a doughy consistency. Evenly drop spoonfuls of dough into muffin pan. Top with poppy seeds and bake for 30 minutes at 350°F.Fat-Burning Choco-Fruity Smoothie
1 scoop whey protein
1000mg of chitosan
1 cup water
4-5 ice cubes
1 handful of frozen blueberries
½ pack milled flaxseed
1 tsp unsweetened cocoaDirections
Combine ingredients in blender and enjoy!© The Doctor Oz Show.
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