Think there’s a secret list of magic-formula foods that can help you lose weight faster? Think again.“The boring answer is that balanced meals within a calorie range that supports weight loss is what will get you where you want to be,” says nutritionist Jess Cording. “Besides that, it’s important to eat at regular intervals throughout the day to keep you metabolism firing.” That being said, Cording points to these less-common foods that may help support weight loss:
Research has linked adequate calcium intake with improved weight loss and maintenance of weight loss. “Higher-protein varieties like Greek and Icelandic yogurts are strained and can have up to twice as much protein per serving. Also, the low-fat varieties may be more satisfying than fat-free, so you’ll be less prone to munching later on,” Cording says, but recommends sticking with plain to save yourself the calories from added sugar. “Also, the probiotic bacteria in yogurt promote good digestion and overall healthy gut flora, which may play a role in weight management, according to some research.”
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These tiny seeds are packed with fiber and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which are important factors in helping you stay full and promoting weight loss. Try them in yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, or a smoothie. You can also sprinkle a little on toast, into a grain dish or on a salad.
The combo of protein and fat keeps you full and focused for hours—and, at about 70 calories each, eggs also offer instant portion control.
Healthy fats like avocado keep you full by slowing down digestion. Avocado also happens to be high in filling fiber and rich in bloat-fighting potassium.
The antioxidants in berries have been shown in some studies to support a strong metabolism. “The fiber certainly helps as well,” Cording says.
Research shows that the capsaicin in hot chili peppers may give your metabolism a boost.
Turmeric is a spice with many health benefits such as antioxidant properties. Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, is also thought to boost metabolism.
Research has shown habitual green tea intake may promote weight loss. Matcha, made from ground green tea leaves, is a powder that can be made into hot and cold beverages and offers these benefits as well.
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