Eat New Foods: Lose More Weight

As fad diets come and go, the best way to maximize long-term weight loss and overall health is by incorporating a balance of natural foods into your daily diet. Add these “super foods” to your daily plan, and you’ll feel and see improved physical results.

Fight Flab with Fiber
Studies have found that fiber not only boosts weight loss and lowers cholesterol, but also dissolves in the stomach to form a gel-like substance, meaning that—after eating fiber— you’ll actually feel and stay fuller longer. Found naturally in fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans, many cereals are incorporating this element into their products. Enjoy a cup of high fiber cereal with sliced fruit and skim milk for breakfast and you’ll quickly see results.

Dairy to the Rescue
With calcium, vitamins, and plenty of protein, low fat dairy has been proven to support weight loss. As dairy contains both carbohydrates and protein, dairy maintains blood-sugar levels and actually helps support your body as you engage in any form of weight-bearing exercise. Aim for at least three servings a day, by enjoying skim milk with cereal, or a low-sugar yogurt smoothie with berries or other fruits.

Dark and Leafy Greens
If you’re opting to lose weight by enjoying vegetable packed salads, an easy improvement can be made by throwing out your iceberg lettuce. Darker greens, such as spinach, kale, and other varieties, contain far more vitamins, minerals, and even protein. Add these greens to your lunch and you’ll stay fuller longer, while also gaining nutrients that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Natural Proteins: Nuts and Eggs
Since proteins take longer to digest, nuts and eggs are excellent sources of this fuel. While nuts are high in fat, they contain the “good fats” that help lower cholesterol levels, while also packing in fiber and other vitamins. As for eggs, their high-cholesterol content is actually only contained in the yolk, so scrambling only the egg whites, or enjoying an egg-white omelet, can provide you with a high-protein meal, with hardly any calories.

Green Tea
Recent studies have shown that a green tea actually increases weight loss during exercise, while boosting metabolism. Drink a cup at least 24 hours before you work out, and you’ll be burning more fat—without having to do more work. The loose-leaf teas are the best option, as drinking a cup or two will also reduce your risk of developing some forms of cancer.

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