Here are the top picks culled from some of the latest research:
1. Water! A new study seems to indicate that drinking water
actually speeds up weight loss. Researchers in Germany found that subjects of the study increased their metabolic rates (the
rate at which calories are burned) by 30 percent after drinking approximately 17 ounces of water. Water is also a natural
appetite suppressant that banishes bloat as it flushes out sodium and toxins. Drinking enough water will also help keep you
from mistaking thirst for hunger. So drink up!
2. Green Tea! Studies show that green tea extract boosts
metabolism and may aid in weight loss. This mood-enhancing tea has also been reported to contain anti-cancer properties and
help prevent heart disease. It's also a trendy drink among weight-conscious celebrities.
3. Soup! Eat less and burn fat faster by having a bowl
of soup as an appetizer or a snack. According to a Penn State University study, soup is a super appetite suppressant because
it’s made up of a hunger-satisfying combination of liquids and solids. In the study, women chose one of three 270-calorie
snacks before lunch. Women who had chicken and rice soup as a snack consumed an average of 100 fewer calories than those in
the study who opted for a chicken and rice casserole or the casserole and a glass of water.
4. Grapefruit! The grapefruit diet is not a myth. Researchers
at Scripps Clinic found that participants who ate half a grapefruit with each meal in a 12-week period lost an average of
3.6 pounds. The study indicates that the unique chemical properties in this vitamin C-packed citrus fruit reduce insulin levels,
which promotes weight loss. NOTE: If you are taking medication, check with your doctor about any potentially adverse interactions
5. Apples & Pears! Overweight women who ate the equivalent
of three small apples or pears a day lost more weight on a low-calorie diet than women who didn’t add fruit to their
diet, according to researchers from the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Fruit eaters also ate fewer calories overall.
So, next time you need to satisfy a sugar craving, reach for this low-calorie, high-fiber snack. You’ll feel full longer
and eat less.
6. Broccoli! Study after study links calcium and weight
loss. Broccoli is not only high in calcium but it's also loaded with vitamin C which boosts calcium absorption. This member
of the nutritious cabbage family also has plenty of vitamin A, folate and fiber. And, at just 20-calories per cup, this weight
loss superfood not only fights fat but also contains powerful phytochemicals that boost your immunity and protect against
7. Low-Fat Yogurt! Dairy products can boost weight loss
efforts, according to a study in the April issue of Obesity Research. People on a reduced-calorie diet who included 3-4 servings
of dairy foods lost significantly more weight than those who ate a low-dairy diet containing the same number of calories.
Low-fat yogurt is a rich source of weight-loss-friendly calcium, providing about 450 mg (about half the recommended daily
allowance for women ages 19-50) per 8-ounce serving, as well as 12 grams of protein.
8. Lean Turkey! Rev up your fat-burning engine with this
bodybuilder favorite. Countless studies have shown that protein can help boost metabolism, lose fat and build lean muscle
tissue so you burn more calories. A 3-ounce serving of boneless, skinless lean turkey breast weighs in at 120 calories and
provides 26 grams of appetite-curbing protein, 1 gram of fat and 0 grams of saturated fat.
9. Oatmeal! This heart-healthy favorite ranks high on the
good carb list, because it’s a good source of cholesterol-fighting, fat-soluble fiber (7 grams per 3/4-cup serving)
that keeps you full and provides you with the energy you need to make the most of your workouts. Just be sure to choose steel
cut or rolled oats, not instant oatmeal, to get your full dose of vitamins, minerals and fiber.
10. Hot Peppers! Eating hot peppers can speed up your metabolism
and cool your cravings, researchers at Laval University in Canada found. Here's why: capsaicin (a chemical found in jalapeņo
and cayenne peppers) temporarily stimulates your body to release more stress hormones, which speeds up your metabolism and
causes you to burn more calories.