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Best Diet Foods

Posted in Healthy Eating by doctorsonline on December 17, 2009

The real key to weight loss is to watch portions and choose quality, nutrient-rich foods. Here is how five foods that can help you slim down.

Dark Chocolate1. Dark Chocolate. Dark chocolate are more satisfying than milk chocolate; but measure your portion, and be mindful when you eat. Slowly savoring one or two squares of a high-quality dark chocolate bar will satisfy a craving more than wolfing down Hershey’s in front of the TV. According to some research, people who tried to not think about chocolate ate two-thirds more of it than people who were told to talk about it freely.

Potatoes2. Potatoes. Potatoes may be one of the most misunderstood foods. Fried or doused in sour cream, they’re not going to help you lose weight. But when boiled or baked, a potato’s starch absorbs water and swells. Once chilled, portions of the starch crystallize into a form that resists digestion known as resistant starch. Unlike other types of fiber, resistant starch gets fermented in the large intestine, creating fatty acids that may block the body’s ability to burn carbohydrates. In their place, you burn fat.

Bread3. Bread. Breads containing whole grains are healthiest, and one serving equals one slice of bread, half an English muffin, or a small roll. Bread is an excellent source of carbs, which your brain needs to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of comfort and satisfaction. As our body digests carbohydrates, it releases insulin, which helps channel tryptophan; an amino acid—into the brain. Tryptophan then gets converted to serotonin. When serotonin levels are optimal, we feel calm and happy and have fewer cravings; when they’re low, we feel depressed and irritable, making us more likely to overeat.

Pasta4. Pasta. Cooked pasta and rice are about 70% water. Eating fluid-rich foods keeps you fuller longer, compared with dry foods. Like bread, the carbs in pasta boost serotonin to help curb overeating. The proper portion of pasta is ½ cup cooked, or about the size of an ice-cream scoop. Choose whole grain varieties for filling fiber, and add grilled chicken and lots of veggies to bulk up your dish even more.

Cheese5. Cheese. Cheese usually tops the no-no list, but its calcium improves your ability to burn calories and fat (at about 100 calories and 5 g of fat per ounce). Scientists found that people on a reduced-calorie diet who included an extra 300 to 400 mg of calcium a day lost significantly more weight than those who ate the same number of calories but with less calcium. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why, but eating calcium-rich foods is more effective than taking calcium supplements—and cheese has about 200 mg per ounce. Just stick to 2-ounce portions, and choose light varieties to get health benefits for half the calories.


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