Want to boost your efforts to lose weight? Of course the foundation for successful weight loss is eating well and exercising, but if you want to power up your efforts, check out this diet cheat sheet of foods that do a little of the work for you.
Research shows that these 8 secret-weapon foods can help you lose weight.
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—though they'd taken in a fraction of the calories and fat.
In one study, dieters who ate eggs for breakfast felt full for longer and lost more than twice as much weight as those who got the same amount of calories from bread for breakfast. Think beyond breakfast, too: eggs boost a salad's staying power and make for a satisfying snack.
For a mere 95 calories, a medium apple contains 4 grams of fiber. And recent research suggests that boosting your fiber intake may help you to prevent weight gain—or even encourage weight loss.
4. Low Calorie Desserts
OK, so this isn't exactly a "health food," but we welcome the news that it may be easier to stick to your diet if it includes a little sweet treat. According to a new study banning sugary foods could lead to overeating. One reason may be that removing access to sweet foods stimulates the release of a molecule in your brain called corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), produced when you're afraid, anxious or stressed. And increased stress levels may lower your motivation to eat more nutritious foods, making it more likely that you'll binge on junk food.
5. Vegetable Soup
Research has shown that people who start a meal with vegetable soup eat 20 percent fewer calories over the course of their meal.
Eating a breakfast made with "slow-release" carbohydrates, such as oatmeal or bran cereal, three hours before you exercise may help you burn more fat. Here's why: in the study, eating "slow-release" carbohydrates didn't spike blood sugar as high as eating refined carbohydrates, such as white bread. In turn, insulin levels didn't spike as high and because insulin plays a role in signaling your body to store fat, having lower levels may help you burn fat. Want options beyond oatmeal?
In one study, consuming a little hot pepper (in tomato juice or in capsules) 30 minutes before a meal helped study participants feel less hungry and eat about 10 percent less.
Chew more to curb hunger. That's what researchers concluded in which they asked participants to chew a 2-ounce serving of almonds 10, 25 or 40 times. Participants got maximum satisfaction—they felt fuller longer—from the nuts when they chewed 40 times. Chewing more may cause a greater release of fat from the almonds, which triggers hormones that curb hunger.