When combined with caffeine, a compound called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) helps boost fat oxidation and resting metabolic rate. Green-tea extracts come in handy caplet form but since few contain caffeine, stick with brewed tea.
Cutting back on carbs may help you burn more fat during exercise and sessions at weight loss resorts. In a recent study, Australian researchers fed trained cyclists a low-carbohydrate diet for five out of six days. On another occasion, the cyclists followed a high-carbohydrate diet for all six days. When the cyclists exercised on day seven, the scientists found they burnt 45 percent more fat after their low-carbohydrate week of eating.
Credit the boost in fat burning to an improved ability of the muscles to extract energy from fat stores on a low-carb diet. The bottom line: if you are exercising regularly and eating a low-carbohydrate diet, give your self license to cheat once a week.