Wednesday, January 13, 2010

20 foods for weight loss

Eat more to weigh less. No joke! The right foods help you drop pounds.Add these eats to your plate today and you'll be slimmer and healthier in no time!

Beef has a rep as a diet buster, but eating it may help you peel off pounds."The protein in steak helps you retain muscle mass during weight loss,"

Dig in to eggs, yolks and all: They won't harm your heart, but they can help you trim inches."Egg protein is filling, so you eat less later in the day,"

Long sidelined as a lowly garnish, this green belongs center stage on your plate. One raw chopped cup contains 34 calories and about 1.3 grams of fiber, as well as a hearty helping of iron and calcium. Spinach, another nutrient powerhouse, is a milder-tasting option.

"Oatmeal has the highest satiety ranking of any food,"Unlike many other carbohydrates, oats—even the instant kind—digest slowly, so they have little impact on your blood sugar."

Lentils are a bona fide belly flattener. "They're high in protein and soluble fiber, two nutrients that stabilize blood sugar levels,""Eating them helps prevent insulin spikes that cause your body to create excess fat, especially in the abdominal area."

Goji berries
These chewy, tart berries have a hunger-curbing edge over other fruit: 18 amino acids, which make them a surprising source of protein.They also have more beta-carotene than carrots.

Wild salmon
Not only do fish fats keep your heart healthy, but they shrink your waist, too. "Omega-3 fatty acids improve insulin sensitivity—which helps build muscle and decrease belly fat,"

An apple a day can keep weight gain at bay,"Apples are high in fiber—4 to 5 grams each—which makes them filling," Plus, the antioxidants in apples may help prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by excess belly fat or an "apple shape."

Buckwheat pasta
Swap plain noodles for this hearty variety; you'll slip into your skinny jeans in no time. "Buckwheat is high in fiber and, unlike most carbs, contains protein," Zuckerbrot says. "Those two nutrients make it very satiating, so it's harder to overeat buckwheat pasta than the regular stuff."

All berries are good for you, but those with a blue hue are among the best of the bunch. They have the highest antioxidant level of all commonly consumed fruit, according to research from the USDA Agriculture Research Service. "Fiber may actually prevent some of the fat you eat from being absorbed because fiber pulls fat through the digestive tract"

Almond butter
Adding this spread may lower bread's glycemic index (a measure of a food's effect on blood sugar).

The juice gets all the hype for being healthy, but pomegranate seeds deserve their own spotlight. In addition to being loaded with folate and disease-fighting antioxidants, they're low in calories and high in fiber, so they satisfy your sweet tooth without blowing your diet.

One reason to spice up your meals: You'll crank up your metabolism. "A compound in chiles called capsaicin has a thermogenic effect, meaning it causes the body to burn extra calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chiles"Plus, "you can't gulp down spicy food""Eating slowly gives your brain time to register that your stomach is full, so you won't overeat."

Dietitians often refer to plain yogurt as the perfect food, and for good reason: With its trifecta of carbs, protein and fat, it can stave off hunger by keeping blood sugar levels steady.

Curbing hunger is as easy as piling your plate with this whole grain. It packs both fiber (2.6 grams per 1/2 cup) and protein, a stellar nutrient combo that can keep you satisfied for hours.

These tiny fish are the unsung stars of the sea. They are high in protein and loaded with omega-3s, which also help the body maintain muscle. And they're low in mercury and high in calcium, making them a smart fish pick for pregnant women.

You can use this herb, a staple in French cooking, in place of salt in marinades and salad dressings. Excess sodium causes your body to retain water, so using less salt can keep bloating at bay.

Drop that rubbery lowfat cheese and pick up the real stuff. Women who had one serving of whole milk or cheese daily were less likely to gain weight over time.

Don't let the fat content of an avocado (29 grams) scare you—that's what makes it a top weight loss food, Kraus says. "The heart-healthy monounsaturated fat it contains increases satiety,"Avocados do contain a lot of calories, so it's best to watch your portions.

Olive oil
Like avocados, olive oil has healthy fat that increases satiety, taming your appetite. But that's hardly its only slimming feature.



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