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A cup of raspberries delivers a whopping 8 grams of fiber (thats more than double whats in a cup of strawberries and about the same amount in a cup of some types of beans). Whats so great about all that fiber? Recent research in the Journal of Nutrition suggests eating more fiber as a way to prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss. Over the course of the two year study the researchers found that boosting fiber by 8 grams for every 1 000 calories resulted in about 4 ? pounds of weight lost.
A recent report published in the New England Journal of Medicine and out of Harvard revealed which foods are correlated with weight change including the top 5 foods that promote weight loss. Yogurt was one of them! (See more of the Best Foods for Weight Loss and 5 Foods That Make You Gain here.) Another reason to eat yogurt: the protein in it may give you an extra edge if youre looking to get leaner. When researchers fed two groups of mice a high fat diet for 11 weeks the mice that got water spiked with whey protein (a type of protein found naturally in yogurt and other dairy) packed on 42 percent less weight and nearly a third less body fat than the mice who just drank plain water despite the fact that they ate roughly the same number of calories. The whey eaters also gained 7 percent more lean body mass (e.g. muscle mass). Save caloriesand unnecessary sugarby choosing plain yogurt. If you need a little extra sweetness try fresh fruit (maybe raspberries?).
13. Peanut Butter
Nuts were also among the top 5 foods that Harvard researchers said promote weight loss. I love to slather a tablespoon or two of peanut butter onto whole wheat toast (ahem a slow release carbohydrate) but you could also add nuts to your oatmeal (another slow release carb).
Eggs deliver protein which is great for dieters. Compared to carbohydrates and fat protein keeps you satisfied longer. Plus in one study dieters who ate eggs for breakfast felt fuller longer and lost more than twice as much weight as those who got the same amount of calories from a bagel for breakfast.
Making vegetables the largest portion of your lunch boosts your lunchs total nutrition (vegetables deliver disease fighting phytochemicals and essential vitamins and minerals) and gives you a healthy dose of fibera must have when youre dieting. Why? Fiber helps you stay satisfied longer plus research shows that upping your fiber intake may help promote weight loss. Find low cal high fiber lunch recipes here.
16. Lean Protein
Adding a little lean protein to your lunch (think: tofu chicken fish or beans) is an easy way to stay satisfied throughout the afternoongram for gram protein will keep you feeling fuller longer compared to carbohydrates and fat. Pack in the protein with these high protein low cal lunch recipes.
17. Whole Wheat Bread
Eating whole wheat bread in place of refined white bread may help you trim your total body fat as well as that much hated belly bulge. A study in the Journal of Nutrition showed that people who ate about 3 servings of whole grains a day had about 2.4 percent less body fat and 3.6 percent less abdominal fat than those who ate barely any whole grains at all. Aim for at least three servings of whole grains daily (a slice of whole wheat bread equals one serving). Other great sources: whole grain cereal oats bulgur quinoa and brown rice.
18. Whole Grains
To help you stay sharp and focused throughout the morning since theyre slower burning carbs plus youll get some essential vitamins and minerals.
19. Buy Fresh Beans
Without question coffee is best when used within days of being roasted. Buying from a local roaster (or roasting your own) is the surest way to get the absolute freshest beans. Be wary of buying bulk coffee from supermarket display bins. Oxygen and bright light are the worst flavor busters for roasted beans so unless the store is conscientious about selling fresh coffee the storage tubes get coated with coffee oils which turn rancid. Coffee beans packaged by quality conscious roasters and sold in sturdy vacuum sealed bags are often a better bet.
20. Greek yogurt
This tangy creamy yogurt is loaded with calcium and boasts plenty of proteinnearly twice as much as regular yogurtto keep you feeling full throughout the morning. Your best bet: Choose a plain nonfat variety and add some fruit to give it some sweetness and flavor (and a dose of added nutrition).I love Greek yogurt because its really quick and easy Giovinazzo says. You can always take it with you on your way out the door.
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