The Slimming Superfoods Diet Plan
Foods for Weight Loss
Eating like a bird is, well, for the birds. That's why we've packed our diet with delicious, filling foods proven to help you drop pounds. And you can save your energy for your workouts, because these meals are crazy-simple to prepare. Here's the gist: Everything in each category -- breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks -- has about the same number of calories, so feel free to put your favorites on repeat. Pair the mix-and-match options with our Tighten It Up Workout and in just one month you'll be 10 pounds lighter -- but not one bit hungry.
People who ate eggs and toast for breakfast shed more pounds than those who had bagels and cream cheese, according to a Louisiana State University study. Besides delivering six grams of protein for just 72 calories, eggs have also been shown to lower levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin.Almonds
A daily serving of nuts can actually help prevent weight gain, research at Harvard showed. Almonds have fewer calories -- just 129 per one-ounce handful -- than any other kind.Pears
Pears are one of the best sources of soluble fiber, which reduces belly fat. And a study in the journal Nutrition found that women who ate three a day lost 39 percent more weight than those who consumed an equal number of calories' worth of oatmeal cookies.Avocados
The heart-healthy fat found in this fruit helps stabilize blood sugar levels, so you don't go from full to famished an hour after eating. Plus avocados are packed with potassium, a mineral that banishes bloat by helping prevent fluid retention.Chickpeas
These are packed with resistant starch, a type of carb that could help you blast up to 23 percent more fat, according to research in Nutrition & Metabolism. And people who added about two-thirds of a cup of chickpeas to their daily diet felt fuller and ate less, another study found.Quinoa
This seed has a low ratio of carbs to protein, which takes more energy to digest, enabling your body to torch calories in the process. Quinoa is also low on the glycemic index, meaning it won't cause hunger highs and lows.Spinach
It's no wonder an entire bunch has just 78 calories: Water accounts for 92 percent of spinach's weight. Add it to soups, stir-fries, and egg dishes to pump up your portion size.Salmon
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon, keep bad moods at bay. They may also suppress appetite and help your body burn fat instead of storing it, University of South Australia researchers found.
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