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By Tallulah Ray
Did you know that if you eat certain things, you can lose weight? Yup, not all foods make you gain weight. Of course, in the proper portions and with a combination of exercise, eating shouldn’t make you gain a bunch of weight in the first place. However, if you’re wanting to start shedding a few pounds and if you want to do it a healthy way (not in a fad-diet sort of way), then check out these delicious foods that can help.
Why is hummus so great for weight loss? It’s packed with fiber (to help keep you regular and to help make you feel full) and protein.
Okay, technically this isn’t a “food”, however the statement still stands: tea will help you lose weight. The caffeine and catechins that are found in tea help your body oxidize fat faster. That means that you lose weight, boost your metabolism, and drop a significant portion of your body mass index. Not to mention the loss in LDL (bad) cholesterol. The best tea? Green, of course.
#3) Peanuts or Peanut Butter
The British Journal of Nutrition published a study which concluded that if you add a couple tablespoons of peanut butter to your breakfast, it will curb your body’s cravings for the rest of the morning and afternoon.
A study with 30 women found those who ate 2 scrambled eggs, 2 slices of toast, and some low calorie fruit spread, ate less in the following 36 hours than those who ate a bagel breakfast (with the same amount of calories). Scientists are equating this to the amount of protein in eggs, which make you feel full, for longer periods of time.
#5) A Big, Healthy Salad
When I was a college student and I imagined a healthy salad, I would picture a small side salad with a splash of vinaigrette. It doesn’t appear filling, nor does it seem appetizing. However, these days my opinions of salads have changed. Gone are my days of living off of ramen and boxed mac-and-cheese.
Instead of those salty, MSG-filled foods, I opt for a huge salad with a plethora of colors in it. Why? Penn State University did a study with 42 women and concluded that of those women, the ones that ate a low-calorie salad (that means no creamy dressing) consumed less than 12 percent of the pasta that they were offered after. The sheer volume of the salad made them feel too full to pig out on pasta.
Soups that are broth-based (like chicken soup) are great for losing weight because your brain perceives the meal as filling. Sure, it’s basically flavored water, vegetables, and chicken. If you want to boost the weight loss even more, don’t go for the noodle soups (unless they are whole grain noodles) or ones filled with rice (unless it is brown or white rice). Cut out those simple carbs and watch the salt intake.
I’ve even started making my own soup for lunch. I make some homemade chicken broth, shred up some chicken and chop up some vegetables that I have in the fridge. It’s a great way to use up vegetables before they go bad and I often make more than a serving so I have lunch for the next day. A cup of homemade soup and a big salad make a great lunch that is both filling and nutritious.
#7) Lean Beef and Fish
Lean beef or fish are both wonderful choices for dinner if you are trying to lose weight. They are filled with proteins that have an amino acid called leucine. It helps you slim down while maintaining the muscles that help burn calories. A study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign concluded that about 10 ounces of beef a day (for a 1700-calorie diet) helped women lose more fat than muscle mass and decreased their cravings and hunger pains.
#8) A Glass of Water
Before you eat a meal or have a snack, drink a glass of water. This will help fill up your stomach and will help you stay hydrated. On average, we don’t drink enough water a day, especially in the summer. A handy trick I use (in order to stay hydrated and to keep my hunger pangs away), is to keep a bottle of water next to my laptop at work. Every time I notice it or think about it, I take a drink.
Now it’s your turn. I’ve stated it before: different things work for different people. Have you noticed a healthy food that you’ve introduced into your diet, which helped curb your hunger?