First the bad news…lots of us have put on a few extra pounds over the cold months…hearty soups, lots of bread….etc. But, the good news is many springtime foods promote weight loss naturally, and not just because they’re lighter than those hearty winter dishes.
So, with that in mind here are some top picks for those of you ready to start focusing on that bikini bod…..(or at least fit into last year’s summer clothes with ease).
Eggs are packed with protein, which keeps you feeling full. 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.
Strawberries’ fiber content makes them a good choice for weight loss. A two-year study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that people who ate 8 extra grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories per day lost about 4 1/2 pounds. (Women who decreased their fiber intake actually gained weight.) One cup of strawberries has a respectable 3 grams of fiber and more than a full day’s recommended dose of vitamin C—an antioxidant that helps keep skin healthy.
Filling up on fiber- and water-rich foods first can help prevent you from overeating other high calorie foods. Research out of Penn State shows that eating a first-course salad can reduce overall calorie intake at a meal by up to 12 percent. Not a fan of salad? Vegetable soups achieve the same result (in fact, a different study found that people who started lunch with vegetable soup ended up eating 20 percent less than those who skipped the soup).
Mushrooms taste hearty…almost meaty, but have only a fraction of the calories and fat of red meat. Research reports that when people ate mushroom-based entrees, they felt just as satisfied as when they’d eaten those same dishes made with beef.
BOTTOM LINE: By adding a few natural and healthy additions to your meals, not only will you loose some pounds but you will feel better. Taking a break from processed food is also easier on the body so why not try a couple of the suggestions above? You’ve only gots pounds to loose!
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