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5 Foods to Help You Lose Weight

By Bob on May 22, 2013 5:00 AM

Americans spend an estimated $30 billion each year on diet products - and (not surprising) many of them don't work. So, how do you cut through the clutter of those that are a complete rip off and find the ones that are actually good for you? It's easier than you think.

You can start by just going to the grocery store. There are more than a dozen foods that are probably in your home that will help you beat the cravings, fight hunger, boost your metabolism and lose a few pounds. Here are 5 that can help you lose weight right now.

5 Foods to Help You Lose Weight

Scrambled Eggs-600.jpg1. Eggs
OK, it's hard, but ditch the sugary granola bar. Eggs are full of protein and will help you feel fuller longer. A recent study of 30 overweight or obese women found that those who ate two scrambled eggs (with two slices of toast and a reduced-calorie fruit spread) consumed less for the next 36 hours than women who had a bagel breakfast of equal calories. It's also been shown that protein may also prevent spikes in blood sugar, which can lead to food cravings.

Texas Beans-590.jpg2. Beans
Did you know that cholecystokinin (great Scrabble word!) is one of your best weight-loss pals? Cholecystokinin is a digestive hormone that's a natural appetite suppressant found in beans. Bonus - high-fiber beans can lower your cholesterol.

Salad-600.jpg3. Salad
You can control your calorie intake the easy way - start your meal with a large salad (but ditch the dressing!). A Penn State University study showed that those who ate a big, low-cal salad consumed 12 percent less pasta afterward-even though they were offered as much as they wanted. What's the secret? The sheer volume of the salad made the test subjects too full!

Green Tea-600.jpg4. Green tea
Charlotte's a breast cancer survivor who ditched coffee when she was going through chemotherapy. Her drink of choice became green tea and she's never without it. She drinks it because it's hot and caffeine-free, but there are other reasons to enjoy it. The drink is just brimming with antioxidants called catechins that help speed metabolism and fat burning. Health bonus: green tea has also been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Red Pepper-600.jpg5. Hot red pepper
Another Charlotte favorite is anything spicy - from peppers to me (Ok, I had to throw that one in). Eating a bowl of spicy chili regularly can help you lose weight. The magic ingredient may be capsaicin, which helps suppress appetite.   

Why Weight? is a column on diet, nutrition and making better choices so you can live a longer healthier life. The authors are not doctors and nothing here should be taken as medical advice. Always consult your physician before making any changes in diet, exercise, nutrition or cell phone provider (Let's face it doctors are just really, really smart, they know a lot about a lot of stuff). Our goal is simple: We want all Baby Boomers to live long enough to get back the money they've paid into Social Security. Remember, your children's inheritance isn't going to spend itself. It's up to you.


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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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