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10 Great Foods to Melt Away Those Pounds

Written: 07/23/2007

Finding if difficult to fight fat? While regular exercise and diet control are the "secrets" to slimness, there are foods that contain chemicals to burn away superfluous calories and to flee away those troublesome hunger pains. Here are ten foods to help you make peace with your bathroom scale:

  1. Grapefruit
    Myth: Grapefruits provokes breast cancer.

    Reality: They are powerful fat fighters due to their high fiber content. Sugar free, grapefruit drink has fewer calories than an orange of the same weight. In the Enlightened Eater's Whole Foods Guide, Dietitian Rosie Schwartz provides that Phytochemicals and soluble fiber in citrus fruits lower cholesterol.

  2. Chilies
    Myth: Chilies don't just add pow to your dish; they can also increase your body's ability to burn calories for hours.

    Reality: Capsaicin, the compound found in chilies, does increase your metabolism slightly, increasing the energy your body burns during digestion. But don't make it so hot that you will have to wash it down with loads of water. Eating capsaicin may curb your appetite slightly.

  3. Black Beans
    Myth: Beans keep you full longer than other foods.

    Reality: Beans such as black beans and lentils are low in fat and rich in soluble fiber. They digest slowly and maintain the glucose levels in the blood steady. Regularly eating black or navy beans may lower your risk of colon cancer, the following study shows.

  4. Applea
    Myth: An apple a day keeps the doctor "and fat" away.

    Reality: An apple alone is not enough. Eating several apples every day is actually a great idea. Fruits like apples and pears take time to chew and fill you up as compared to one small glass juice which contains the equivalent calories of two apples.

    The following study shows that foods high in flavonoids, vitamin-like compounds countering the artery-damaging potential of chemicals, like black tea and apples actually do decrease the risk of stroke.

  5. Celery
    Myth: Celery is packed with water and "negative calories".

    Reality: You burn more calories chewing and digesting celery than it actually contains. Celery has vitamins E and C. It's a diet food but should be featured on everyone's plate. Vegetables high in phytochemicals (celery, broccoli) can help prevent cancer.

  6. Strawberries
    Myth: Eat as much as strawberries as you want without gaining an ounce.

    Reality: While all fruits are packed with vitamins, some are more nutritious than others. Strawberries, peaches, plums and grapes come with cancer-fighting carotenoids and appetite-suppressing fiber. But water-melon, pineapple and papaya cause your glucose level to spike. So aim for 3 to 6 daily servings of the more nutritious fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables have been found to reduce heart disease.

  7. Mackerel
    Myth: Omega-3 fatty acids curb hunger.

    Reality: It's not the omega-3 in fish like mackerel and sardines that sounds the alarm for fat limit in your brain but rather the protein mixed with the fat. The mistake many dieters make is to cut out fat completely. Fat is what makes you feel full.

  8. Cottage Cheese

    Myth: Cottage cheese has much less fat than cheddar cheese.

    Reality: It's true. Cottage cheese is a very good source of protein. The yummy white curds are also stuffed with calcium, vitamin B-12 and some zinc and folate. Riboflavin found in cottage cheese guards against anaemia and cancer.

  9. Low-Fat Milk
    Myth: The more calcium we intake, the better we break down fat.

    Reality: Calcium-rich foods do seem to boost metabolism. People who drink milk and eat dairy products regularly have lower weight and less body fat than those who don't.

  10. Lettuce
    Myth: Leafy foods like lettuce and spinach make feel stuffed with a minimum of calories.

    Reality: Foods such as lettuce are bulky foods containing mostly fibre and water. They occupy a lot of space in your stomach, leaving little room for other foods. They contain also a lot of iron, folate,calcium and vitamin A, B, C and E.

For further reading:
30 foods to fight fat
Best Weight Loss Foods

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