Top 5 Foods that Help You Lose Weight

January 7, 2012

This is a guest post by Brenda Lyttle.

Okay so if miracle diet is what you are searching for, you need to have some illusions shattered for no such thing exists. As a general rule, if you eat more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. Period. No macherel or milkshake will be available to your aid in that case.

Wait! This is not to discourage you and say that no foods can help you lose weight. There certainly are foods that can make you feel fuller than other foods and ensure that you eat less throughout the day. These are usually foods that are high in water content, fiber, and have lots of healthy protein and fats, suggests Dr. Barbara Rolls, a nutrition professor at the Penn State University. The good news is that these foods are normally the ones that pack additional benefit of nutritious minerals, vitamins, and nutrients.

Anyway, so for all you curious but lazy minds, below is a list of top 5 foods that help you lose weight:

  1. Apples – Its high water content make apples your perfect weight loss snack. It contains both types of water-busting fiber – soluble as well as insoluble. While soluble fiber prevents the increase in blood sugar levels that causes cravings, insoluble fiber keeps you full for long.
  2. Eggs – Protein-rich, eggs also make you feel full for extended hours. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition concluded that people who eat two eggs in the morning consume 400 less calories throughout the day in comparison to when they eat bagels for breakfast. Eating eggs regularly can also have great weight management benefits in the long-term, says Dr. Nikhil V. Dharundhar, from Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Loisiana.
  3. Cauliflower – Non-starchy foods like Cauliflower are one of the very few foods that can be consumed limitlessly when you are trying to lose weight. Cauliflower consists of Vitamin C and folate, which is good for weight watchers, says Dr. Rolls. Plus, a Purdue University review also pointed out the importance of Vitamin C in burning up more fat during the physical activity. Brocolli and spinach are some other choices you have, in case you do not like cauliflower.
  4. Soup – A recent study led by Dr. Rolls, published in journal Obesity Research, concluded that an addition of mere two 10-ounce servings of broth-based soup to the daily diet of weight watchers almost doubled the weight lost by them over a period of 6 months. The reason for this is that adding water to a food is a lot more filling than drinking the water alone, explains Dr. Rolls. So, addition of water to the soup increases the volume of the meal, making you feel fuller without any extra addition of calories. In fact, this also cuts down your calorie intake throughout the day as well.
  5. Bulgur – Bulgur are the high-fiber whole wheat grains that can easily be cooked at home. They are a great substitute for pasta and rice that have low fiber content and are highly processed. High fiber content of bulgur also ensures that there are no blood sugar pikes in your body that may otherwise be a problem with low-fiber carbs, like rice or white pasta.

Make these foods a part of your daily diet but do not forget to exercise alongside and you are sure to see a remarkable improvement as you see your love handles disappear in a few months, giving way to the beach body you always wanted.

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