These foods help keep unwanted pounds at bay, and it has nothing to do with counting calories and fat grams. Here are 10 foods you can eat so you don't have to diet...
- Garlic - This herb does more than just give meals extra flavor and scent--it can also help keep your tummy flat through its naturally occurring chemical allicin.
- Beans - A recent study published in the journal Obesity found that extracts from white kidney beans can reduce the absorption of calories from carbohydrates and tame sweets cravings, thanks to certain enzymes that inhibit starch digestion.
- Pistachios - A one-ounce serving has 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber, but their real power is felt more in your eyes than your stomach. Needing to de-shell helps you munch more slowly, and the discarded shells may also provide a visual cue to remind you of how much you've eaten, which helps put the brakes on out-of-control snacking.
- Seaweed - Compounds isolated from wakame, [known as] fucoxanthin, have been shown to help increase fat burning in animal model studies.
- Jalapeños - Jalapeño peppers contain an antioxidant called capsaicin, which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and metabolism booster.
- White Potatoes - They're full of rich resistant starch, a compound that ferments in the gut and creates butyrate, a fatty acid that may spur your body to burn more fat.
- Mangos - New research from Oklahoma State University indicates that mangoes may lower blood sugar, which can help to control cravings, especially for carbs, thus keeping your willpower intact.
- Yogurt - The calcium in yogurt may help lower calcitrol in the body, which helps turn on fat burning and turn down fat storage.
- Avocados - People who eat avocados have lower BMIs, and a recent study of overweight men and women found that adding avocados to lunch increased satisfaction by 22 percent. It also reduced desire to eat over the next three hours by 24 percent.
- Artichokes - They contain indigestible nutrients, called prebiotics, that help support the good bacteria in your digestive system, which can deflate belly bloat and flatten your tummy.
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