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Super Foods for Super Weight Loss

Experts say there are two basic categories of foods that can be considered "keeping it off 
superfoods" because they fill your tummy without piling on the calories: fruits and vegetables. And 
the nutrient that gives fruits and vegetables that ‘staying power?’ Fiber. So, if fruits and vegetables 
are the "keeping-it-off superfood groups," fiber may well be the "keeping-it-off super-nutrient."  
Protein is another super-nutrient. It's becoming more scientifically accepted that protein may help 

to curb appetite. Protein also offers staying power, and can slightly boost your metabolism in the process.  But it’s imperative 

that you choose your proteins wisely, because like all other foods, if you’re 
eating more than your body needs, it’ll show up on the scale as a gain, instead 
of a loss.   
The following superfoods are smart, low-calorie choices that will benefit your 
weight loss efforts:   
Green Tea - Researchers suspect that the catechins (helpful phytochemicals) in 
green tea may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and 
mildly decrease body fat. So indulge in either a hot cup or a nice tall iced glass of 
green tea.  
Broth- or tomato-based soup – Soups can help reduce hunger before meals and 
increase your feeling of fullness.   
Low-calorie green salads - Having a low-calorie salad – which is not defined as 
one that’s loaded with croutons, high fat dressings, and cheese - as a first course 
can help you feel full, thereby reducing how much you eat with your main 
course.  Wisely choose your ingredients, and its high fiber content can be the 
key to helping you fight cravings later in the day.  
Yogurt – Including dairy products as part of your healthy diet may promote your 
weight loss efforts.  Choosing a light yogurt may help you fight off hunger pangs 
due to its combination of protein and carbohydrate.  
Beans – A great combination of fiber and protein, beans help you feel full longer, 
which means they may work to curb your between-meal appetite.  
Water – Water is your body’s lifeblood, and you should be drinking it through 
your day. It’s a great no-calorie beverage, and you can get it by drinking 
unsweetened tea, flavored unsweetened mineral water, regular water with lime 
or lemon, or even in your cucumber.  In addition to helping flush toxins from the 
body, it can also help you feel full.  So when those hunger pangs strike, try 
drinking a glass of water before grabbing that snack.  
High-Fiber, Whole-Grain Cereal - Whole grains in general help boost fiber and 
the nutritional value of your meal.  One of the easiest ways to give your daily 
diet a whole-grain boost is to have a bowl of higher-fiber whole-grain cereal as 
breakfast or a snack. 
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