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Eating Foods that Promote Weight Loss

written by: Cheryl Gabbert • edited by: Rhonda Callow • updated: 9/30/2010

Weight loss is not just a matter of how much you eat. It's also a matter of what foods you choose to eat. There are some foods that promote weight loss that are worth including in your diet. If you want to discover some of the best foods for weight loss, check this out!

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    The Best Foods for Weight Loss

    If you'd like a little help losing weight, why not take a look at your food? There are actually foods that promote weight loss that can make your weight loss efforts more effective. These foods help fill us up, fight cravings, and even burn fat. So if you're serious about losing weight, try to incorporate these foods and drinks into your daily diet.

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    Dairy Foods

    Eating 3 servings a day can increase weight loss on a reduced calorie diet according to the National Dairy Council. If you're trying to lose weight, a serving of low-fat cottage cheese at breakfast, skim milk at lunch, and low-fat string cheese for dinner might be all you need to boost your weight loss efforts. Dairy foods are among the best foods for weight loss because they help the body burn fat more efficiently, due to the calcium content of the foods. Dairy foods help stave off those hunger pains between meals too.

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    Water

    Water is an important factor in any weight loss program. Drinking water helps banish fluid retention and fills you up to help fight overeating at meals. According to the American Dietetic Association, people who drink water before each meal actually save an average of 75 calories per meal. Water flushes the kidneys so that they work at their optimum level. This keeps the liver free to metabolize fat, which keeps our metabolism in perfect working order. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of filtered water each day for best results. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water each day.

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    High Fiber Foods

    High fiber foods are among the best foods for weight loss. You need at least 24 grams of fiber each day to keep your digestive system functioning at its best. High fiber foods are among the best foods that promote weight loss because they fill you up. Soluble fiber helps keep your blood sugar and insulin levels steady. Insoluble fiber helps keep you regular, while toxins and fat move quickly throughout the intestinal tract. Fat has less time to be absorbed as a result. You can find high fiber foods in fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, nuts, seeds, and beans.

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    Green Tea

    According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, catechins found in green tea may stimulate fat burning and weight loss. It is recommended that those who are trying to lose weight drink at least 4 cups of green tea a day to get the most benefits. Compared to drinkers of other types of tea, green tea drinkers lost more weight than drinkers of other tea varieties. So go ahead and have your tea, just make it green!

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    Resources

    1. http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20050126/green-tea-fights-fat

    2. http://www.puristat.com/weightloss/secretweapon.aspx

    3. http://www.nationaldairycouncil.org/nationaldairycouncil/healthyweight/faq.asp

    4. http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/expert.q.a/04/10/water.losing.weight.jampolis/index.html?imw=Y&iref=mpstoryemail