Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Weight-loss foods

Weight-loss foods

According to a recent study, red chili peppers can curb hunger and help you burn calories faster. These spicy little fruits are not the only everyday foods that have been linked to weight loss. Read on to discover more foods that can aid in dropping unwanted pounds.

Red chili pepper

The spicy peppers can kick-start your metabolism because of a special component . You can add red pepper in its ground form to soups , marinades and sauces  or cook with it in its raw form.


High in fiber and low in calories , kale can help fill you up without filling you out. It is also a rich source of vitamin A,vitamin K and this important vitamin that boosts the body’s immune and detoxification systems. Eat kale on its own or add it to pasta, salad, soups and other main dishes.


Almonds prove that good things really do come in small packages. These bite-sized nuts pack a punch of protein  that helps curb hunger between meals. Raw, unsalted almonds are a healthy snack on their own or make a delicious, crunchy garnish for main courses and salads .Compared to the fattier alternative, almond butter is more rich in vitamin E , iron and calcium. 


Contrary to many fad diets, carbohydrates are not to be feared. Oats are an ideal source of complex carbohydrates that sustain the body and provide the nutritious balance  needed for weight loss. Compared with simple carbohydrates, oats slowly release energy into the body and have less of an impact on the body’s blood sugar.


Recent research shows that the main chemical in vinegar may help control your blood sugar, and thus aid in weight loss. Vinegar  also makes a tangy substitute to creamy sauces and dressing that can be high in fat.


Apples are rich in antioxidants, are a fantastic source of fiber and provide natural carbohydrates that help keep you sustained between meals. Eating them raw with their skin is the most nutritious way to consume apples, but they also work well in recipes for salads and desserts.

Green tea

Clinical studies have shown that green tea consumption may aid in weight loss. These rudimentary studies suggest that a specific antioxidant found in green tea can help the body burn fat.  Green tea comes in several varieties and is a staple beverage in many Asian countries


Avocados are a wonderful source of monosaturated fats , which have been linked to weight loss and to a decrease in belly fat (which is often a result of this condition). This creamy green fruit provides the nutrition needed to keep you feeling satiated when faced with the temptation of junk food.


Lentils are rich in protein and soluble fiber , which is an important combination in combating high blood sugar and preventing the body from creating unwanted fat. Lentils come in many varieties and colors and are a common ingredient in soups and curries.


Blueberries are a superfood full of antioxidants, vitamin C, iron  and fiber , all of which have been linked with weight loss. Blueberries also provide a sweet substitute for refined sugars and controversial artificial sweeteners.


Research suggests that cinnamon can help to regulate blood sugar and help the body burn fat. Cinnamon is also high in iron and manganese , both of which are important parts of a balanced diet. Sprinkling cinnamon on sliced apples, oatmeal and wholegrain toast is a natural, sugar-free way of enhancing flavor. 


This ancient civilization thought of their quinoa crops as sacred, referring to quinoa as “the mother of all grains.” Centuries later, the grain  continues to be praised for its nutritious value. Very rich in protein  and fiber  quinoa is an ideal way of satiating hunger without loading up on calories.


The oils found in fish such as salmon have been linked to several health benefits, including weight loss. Replacing beef and pork with salmon as the main component of a meal is a low-fat protein solution.

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