A balanced diet with abundant amounts of vegetables is the key to good health and weight. But there are some foods that can help you drop some of those extra pounds. These foods generally help in three ways: some fill you up so you feel satisfied with less food, other rev up your metabolism so you burn calories faster, and others balance your blood sugar levels and prevent cravings. So what foods can help you on your weight loss journey? Try these:
Apples – this lunchtime staple provides you with pectin, a soluble fiber that provides bulk and digests slowly, keeping you feeling full, longer.
Black beans – low in fat and packed with 15g of fiber per serving (60% of you daily requirement) which digests slowly and fills you up.
Carrots – this orange wonder is a very convenient snack food that’s low in calories and high in fiber. Research shows the more fiber you eat the less likely you are to gain weight!
Cantaloupe – sweet, tasty, nutritious and super low in calories with less than 100 calories per half a melon.
Chile peppers – scientists say the substance that makes chilies hot, called capsacin, can help your body burn calories at a slightly faster rate, and can also decreases your appetite.
(Source: Natural Health Magazine, March 2002)
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