Ever wish there were a vitamin you could take to erase stubborn fat? Good news: Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), dubbed the “liposuction nutrient”, has been found to slow production of lipase, an enzyme that tells the body to store fat. Plus, CLA helps build lean, fat-burning muscle and increases functional strength to keep you nimble as you age. In one study, women who supplemented with the nutrient (a type of fatty acid) for 12 weeks shed 20% of their body fat without dieting or exercise. Aim for 1,400 to 3,000 mg. daily. Try: Uni Key CLA-1000 (UniKeyHealth.com)
Happy news: Getting out and about for a stroll in this beautiful weather can whittle your middle. The trick that speeds results? Enjoying a walk before breakfast instead of after. Investigators reporting in the British Journal of Nutrition found that this simple timing shift supercharges your body’s ability to burn belly fat. That’s because when you exercise before a meal on an empty stomach, your body burns off stored fats for fuel (which powers off pounds) instead of tapping into energy stored in muscle cells. Bye-bye, belly fat!