7 secret weight-loss solutions

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1. Horseradish

Secret strength It may bring tears to your eyes but this spicy ingredient, which comes from the same family as wasabi, can help dissolve the fat inside your cells. And research at the University of Copenhagen found it also prevents you getting hunger pangs later in the day, too.
Use it As well as smearing it across your steak sandwich, try ladling a dollop into your fish pie to net a narrower waistline.

2. Grapefruit

Secret strength Eat grapefruit daily, as part of a 12-week weight-loss plan, and you'll shed over 3lb (1.4kg), according to research carried out at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego. "The chemical properties in this vitamin C-packed fruit reduce insulin levels, which promotes weight loss," says lead researcher Dr Ken Fujioka.
Use it Chop and serve with a prawn curry, or blend the juice with olive oil, coriander and pepper for a healthy seabass marinade.

3. Beans

Secret strength Packed with fibre, beans help you feel full because they double your levels of the hormone cholecystokinin. "This works as a natural appetite regulator by slowing the rate at which your stomach empties," says dietician Lyndel Costain.
Use it Try baked beans, sprinkled with paprika, as a side with bangers and mash, or take the fatty edge off a chorizo stew with butter beans.

4. Spinach

Secret strength These leaves help you cull calories by smuggling appetite-suppressing proteins into your body. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden found the proteins, known as thylakoids, help to reduce the hunger hormones in your body after a meal.
Use it Slip some leaves into a bacon and egg sandwich or serve with lighter meals to avoid the urge to snack later in the day.

5. Coconut milk

Secret strength "Although coconut milk is fatty, the fats it contains are essential for your metabolism," says nutritionist Kate Cook. Research in the International Journal of Obesity found that after just one meal, they could increase metabolic rate by 5%.
Use it Mix a can of coconut milk with cayenne pepper

6. Turmeric

Secret strength Curcumin, the active ingredient in this Indian staple, helps to burn fat and aids digestion by breaking down high-protein foods. Research in The Journal of Nutrition also found it suppresses the growth of fat tissue.
Use it As well as throwing it into your rogan josh, use turmeric to season a rack of lamb. Or mix with ginger, garlic and cumin in a lowfat yoghurt for a spicy dip at your next dinner party.

7. Cinnamon

Secret strength This spice usually reaches your stomach on the Danish express, but it should be more widely used. Research by the US Department of Agriculture found consuming a quarter of a teaspoon every day for six weeks signifi cantly reduces your blood glucose and ‘bad' cholesterol. It also increases your ability to metabolise sugar.
Use it Sub cinnamon for the sugar in your full-fat cappuccino or target the calories in your Sunday roast by using it to season your joint of beef.

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This article was published on 2010/12/29