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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Hot peppers contain a flavorless compoundcalled capsaicin. It's more plentiful in spicyhabaneros, but also occurs in jalapeños. Thiscompound appears to curb appetite andspeed up the metabolism. Quinoa is a nutritional all-starthat belongs in your weight lossplan. This whole grain has 8 gramsof hunger-busting protein and 5grams of fiber in one cup, plus it'sas easy to cook as rice. It's alsopacked with nutrients such as iron,zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. quinoa Studies suggest cinnamon may have astabilizing effect on blood sugar levels.Nearly everyone can benefit from cinnamonin its traditional role. Stir some into yourcoffee, tea, or yogurt to add sweetnesswithout adding calories. cinnamon Several studies suggest green teamay promote weight loss by stimulatingthe body to burn abdominal fat. Green teacontains catechins, a type of phytochemicalthat may briefly affect the metabolism. To getthe most benefit, you may need to drink greentea several times a day. hot peppers While grapefruit doesn't have any magicalfat-burning properties, it can help dieters feelfull with fewer calories. This is because of theplentiful amounts of soluble fiber, which takelonger to digest. watermelon Pears and apples are also high in water content.Eat them with the peels for extra fiber, which willkeep you full longer. Whole fruits are better thanfruit juice. Not only do you get more fiber, you haveto chew the fruits. This takes longer and requiressome exertion. Foods that are high in water content take upmore room in the gut. This signals the body thatyou've had enough to eat and leaves less roomfor other foods. Many raw fruits and vegetablesare chock-full of water and nutrients, but low incalories. Watermelon is a great example. It's arich source of the antioxidant lycopene and addssome vitamins A and C to your day, too. green tea pears & apples It sounds too good to be true -- one of your favoritebeverages may actually help rev the metabolismand help you lose weight. But be cautious: theeffect is small and is easily cancelled out by theextra calories in a mocha cappuccino. grapefruit vegetables Like other fruits, berries are high in water andfiber, which can keep you full longer. But theyhave another benefit -- they're very sweet. Thismeans berries can satisfy your sweet tooth fora fraction of the calories you would take ingobbling cookies or brownies. Blueberriesstand out because they're easy to find andloaded with antioxidants. berries sweet potatoes Vegetables are a great source for low calorie foodsthat help satisfy you and make you feel full. Veggiescontain fiber, vitamins and nutrients that help keepus healthy. Certain vegetables also are greatmetabolism booster foods such as Broccoli andSpinach. Spinach contains magnesium which hasbeen known to boost the bodys fat burning process. Spinach is also high in potassium which aids weightloss by keeping the bodys cells hydrated. If your cellsare not sufficiently hydrated, your metabolism willslow down. coffee Think of the typical toppings on your baked potato-- butter, sour cream, maybe cheese and bacon bits.If you substitute a sweet potato, you might not needany of that. Baked sweet potatoes are so full of flavor,they require very little embellishment. This can saveyou loads of calories. As a bonus, sweet potatoesare packed with potassium, beta carotene, vitamin C,and fiber. Fat-Fighting Foods oatmeal Oatmeal has three things going for it: fiber-richwhole-grain oats, lots of water, and it's hot.This is a very filling combination. Hot foodtakes longer to eat, and all that liquid andfiber will help you feel full longer. Don't buythe one that's already sweetened, you canchoose how to flavor it. beans fish Beans deliver a nutritional triple punch. They're avegetable, a protein, and a great source of fiber.This means they'll help you stay full for the priceof very few calories. They're also easy to preparewhen the munchies strike. One cup packs 12grams of fiber, just 4 grams of fat, and 15 gramsof protein. One of the best sources of protein is fish. Studiesshow it's more satisfying than chicken or beef,probably because of the type of protein it contains.Most fish is low in fat, and the exceptions usuallyhave a healthy form of fat -- omega-3 fatty acids.Omega-3's, which are found in salmon, herring, andother fatty fish, appear to help protect against heartdisease and other chronic conditions. lean meat As we've seen, protein can keep you full longerand burn more calories during digestion. But youwant to choose your protein carefully. Dark meattends to be high in fat, which could cancel outsome of the benefits. Skinless chicken and turkeybreast is a great choice. nuts Nuts are an excellent way to curb hungerbetween meals. They're high in protein,fiber, and heart-healthy fats. Studiessuggest nuts can promote weight lossand improve cholesterol levels when eatenin moderation. skim milk soup Skim milk provides plenty of protein and calciumwith none of the fat found in whole milk. And eventhough it's fat-free, skim milk can help you feel full.It takes longer to leave the stomach than drinkswith less protein. There's also evidence that skimmilk and other nonfat dairy foods may promoteweight loss, particularly around the mid-section. air-popped popcorn Soup -- we're talking broth-based,not creamy -- is a dieter's friend inseveral ways. It's full of water, whichfills you up with the fewest possiblecalories. It's hot, which prevents youfrom guzzling it down too quickly.When eaten before a meal, soup cantake up space that might have gone tohigher calorie foods. Source: Three cups of plain, air-popped popcornmay seem like a whole lot, but the caloriecontent is low. All that air adds volumewithout adding fat or sugar.
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