The Raw Truth
Did you know that it's not just the foods you eat, but actually the way you EAT them that matters when it comes to maximum fat-burning?
For example, if you are eating pre-sliced strawberries, the fat-burning vitamin content of these sweet treats can be compromised due to prolonged exposure to oxygen. Instead, when eating strawberries, it's best to eat them whole (who doesn't love biting into a juicy strawberry?), or at least wait until you are ready to eat to slice and dice them up. One thing you DON'T want to do is slice them and then store them, consuming them over time, as this will surely reduce the fat-burning power of the great strawberry.
And how about Greek yogurt? When you peel back the lid, you are probably used to seeing some "water" that has settled on the top. Most people dump this down the sink, but this "water" is actually whey that is packed with protein, vitamins, and calcium. Don't get rid of it! Instead, mix the watery whey back into the yogurt to avoid missing out on Greek yogurt's fat-burning punch!
Here's another tip: You may have heard that most fruits and veggies are better consumed raw instead of cooked, as cooking can reduce their vitamin and mineral content. While this is true in many cases, it's the exact opposite with tomatoes. You see, tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a phytonutrient with many positive health benefits. Unlike other veggies, cooking actually increases concentrations of lycopene in tomatoes, so enjoy tomato sauce, roasted tomatoes, and other cooked dishes with tomatoes.