Burn fat for spring

Despite the recent winter blizzard, the first day of spring is upon us, according to the calendar anyway.

While IÕm sure weÕre all eager to put our down jackets away for the season, the transition to a spring wardrobe can be a daunting one.

Our bodies have been in a state of hibernation for the past six months.

The extra layer our bodies have accumulated this winter isnÕt exactly conducive to wearing crop tops and mini skirts.

Getting back in tip-top shape is never easy, but in addition to a little time at the gym.

These fat-burning foods will have you reaching for those short-shorts in no time.

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Whole Grains

Your body burns twice as many calories digesting whole foods than it does digesting processed foods, according to Health Media Ventures.

Try oatmeal, barley and quinoa for their added fiber benefits.

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Green Tea

The consumption of green tea promotes shedding pounds, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

EGCG, a compound found in green tea, speeds metabolism and can contribute to weight loss.

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Cinnamon

This spice is not only tasty, but boasts numerous health benefits.

Cinnamon increases insulin production in the body, which regulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism.

The spice also reduces LDL, or the ÒbadÓ cholesterol in the body.

This helps to prevent against cardiovascular disease, according to Organic Authority.