Our Favorite Fat-Fighting Foods

The types of food you eat have a direct effect on your metabolism-carbs and proteins are broken down fastest, while fats take longer because of their complexity. Any extra calories that are eaten usually develop into fat about five hours or so after a meal. However, you might be able to diminish the amount of pounds you pack on with some of our favorite fat-fighters below.

Dilute fat with citrus fruits and melons. Oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits and melons are all rich in vitamin C and flavones, which help break down fatty compounds.

Feel fuller with fiber. Fiber swells the stomach to keep you feeling fuller longer without causing you to indulge in unneeded calories.

Reduce fast food effects with orange juice. Drinking orange juice (which has flavonoids) when you eat a typical fast-food meal can help you prevent blood vessel damage.

Speed up your metabolism with green tea. Besides being a good source of antioxidants, green tea increases the body's metabolic rate, speeding up the rate at which fat is burned.

Limit fat with apples and berries. Red fruits like apples and raspberries are loaded with pectin, which limits the amount of fat that each cell can physically hold.