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Great Foods That Promote Weight Lose

The following foods are known to promote weight loss. The foods possess special properties that help your body melt away unhealthy pounds. These incredible foods can suppress your appetite for unhealthy foods and keep your body going on their more wholesome energy

It is suggested you include these foods in any sensible weight-loss plan to give your body the extra metabolic kick that is necessary to shade off weight quicker.

A sensible weight loss plan calls for no fewer than 1,200 calories per day. But Dr. Charles Klein recommends consuming more than that, if you can believe it – 1,500 to 1,800 calories per day suggesting you will still lose weight quite effectively at that level.  Hunger is satisfied more completely by filling the stomach. Some of the foods are listed below, these are rich in nutrients and possess special fat-burning properties.

Whole Grain Breadbread

Bread in itself is alright.  It is the addition of fat like butter and margarine that make it seem a no-no when it comes to weight.  Bread, a natural source of fibre and complex carbohydrates, is okay for dieting. The key is eating dark, rich, high-fibre breads such as pumpernickel, whole wheat, mixed grain, oatmeal and others. The average slice of whole grain bread contains only 60 to 70 calories, it is rich in complex carbohydrates – the best, steadiest fuel you can give your body – and contains some protein too.


It is said an apple a day keeps the doctor away, now, it seems, they can help you shade off the weight too.  They increase your blood sugar levels in a safe, gentle manner and keep them up longer than most foods making you feel fuller for longer.

They are also one of the richest sources of soluble fibre available. This type of fibre prevents hunger pangs by guarding against highs and lows in your blood sugar level, (Dr. James Anderson).  An average size apple is only 81 calories and has no sodium, saturated fat or cholesterol. You’ll also get the added health benefits of lowering the level of cholesterol already in your blood and helps lower blood pressure.


The grapefruit is a traditional food of many weight lose diets. It helps dissolve fat and cholesterol, according to Dr. James Cerd, University of Florida. An average sized grapefruit has 74 calories, providing 15 grams of pectin (the special fibre linked to lowering cholesterol and fat), it is high in vitamin C and potassium and is free of fat and sodium.  It is also rich in natural galacturonic acid, which adds to its effectiveness as a fat and cholesterol fighter. Grapefruit is also known to assist in the fight against hardening of the arteries which may lead to heart disease. Try sprinkling it with cinnamon rather than sugar to take away some of the bitter/tangy taste.


Peppers are extremely rich in vitamins A and C, abundant in calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium, high in fibre, free of fat, low in sodium and have just 24 calories per cup are a great addition to any diet programme.


Potatoes seem to have developed the same “fattening” reputation as bread, and this should not be so.  The average potato contains about 85 calories,  it great source of fibre and potassium, they lower cholesterol and protect against strokes and heart diseases  Toppings are crucial, avoid butter, milk and sour cream, for best results, use yogurt instead.


There is a rice weight-loss plan that makes rice the staple of your food intake, gradually mixing in various fruits and vegetables.  It produces stunning weight loss and medical results. The diet has been shown to reverse and cure kidney ailments and high blood pressure.  A cup of cooked rice contains about 178 calories – about one-third the number of calories found in an equivalent amount of beef or cheese. Whole grain rice is a better option than white rice.


Soup promotes weight loss, particularly wholesome, homemade soup rather the tinned soups. Dieters who ate a bowl of soup before lunch and dinner lost more weight than dieters who didn’t, (Dr. John Foreyt). In fact, the more soup they ate, the more weight they lost. And soup eaters tend to keep the weight off longer.  Naturally, the type of soup you eat makes a difference.


Spinach helps to lower  cholesterol, increase the metabolism and burn away fat. It is rich in iron, beta carotene and vitamins C and E and it supplies a lot of nutritional needs.

Build Body Strength to Lose Weight

Strength or resistance training exercises are a sure and effective way to lose weight.  Not only do you lose the weight by burning the fat, but you also tighten and strengthen the muscles, shape up and improve the head to toe wellbeing of your body.  Here are some great points to remember that make it worthwhile to consider strength training in a weight lose programme:-

  • Aim to strength train all body muscles and not just the problem area.  Total wellbeing is best achieved by balancing your exercise regime to include the whole body and the benefits will be evident.
  •  Aim to have periods of rest during exercise to avoid fatigue or injury.  The body needs the periods of rest for it to realise the effects of the exercise.
  •  Be persistent. If possible draw up a training programme and aim to stick to it.
  •  Remember weight is often gained over a period of time and so it will take some time before results begin to show.  The temptation is to do too much and to expect immediate result, this will only result in frustration and demotivation.
  •  Have a goal on paper and in mind, then tailor your exercise regime towards that.  Be aware that different goals will necessitate different exercise regimes, for example if you want to lose body fat you would need a different training regime to muscle toning or a person wanting to maintain a certain body weight.

Remember that sensible eating, exercise and rest remain basic aspects of any successful weight lose programme.






Great Positives about Negative Calorie Foods

If you are conscious of calorie intake or you are on a weight programme you might be interested to know that there is a whole range of foods that are regarded as “negative calorie foods”; so named because they contain very few calories that the body expends more energy digesting and processing them than their calories’ worth.  Again if you are like me and you like that feel full to know that you have eaten, then this is welcome news.

Take for example a glass of cold water; we know it has no calorific value, but taken cold, the body will have to expend more energy just bringing it up to body temperature, even more beneficial is adding freshly squeezed lemon juice to the water as lemon is on the list of negative calorie foods.

Another good example is a bowl of salad containing negative calorie foods, for example tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, onion, celery, carrots – then you get yourself a colourful bowlful of all great nutrients less the calories – the trick is not to add dressing if you can it on its own.  The following is a list of some of the negative calorie foods; it is by no means exhaustive…













As with everything, too much of a good thing can be harmful.  You will still need to maintain a balanced diet and active lifestyle.  Use these negative calorie foods with wisdom and watch the weight melt away – helpful hints in your weight lose or weight control programme.

New Year’s Perennial Challenge, “How Can I Lose Weight?”

Year after year, come new year, there is a zeal to lose weight, gyms are packed, meals are missed, crash diets are embarked upon, various levels of fasting take place – all in the spirit of wanting to loose weight and loose it  f-a-s-t.  Taking drastic measures is often extremely difficult to keep up with; with luck one might manage a few days or at best weeks, then the old routine creeps in and its all back to square one.

The trick is not to take drastic measures, looking at your habits on a daily basis I think is the best starting point, from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, a critical analysis habits of your habits may give a good indication of habits you may adjust without doing anything drastic and unsustainable.  For example, what time do you wake up?  Perhaps if you get up 15-20 minutes earlier you could do some stretch exercises and sit-ups before taking a shower. What do you drink first thing?  Drinking water first thing is beneficial to cleansing the system and adding a squeezeof lemon juice is particularly benefial.   What about your eating habits, do you take time to chew , what is your plate size? can you squeeze in a good walk – perhaps parking the car further or walking to a bus stop further away,… all these are small changes you can make and see the weight going down – definitely.   For many more practical tips – 101 tips on how to lose weight, check out this link.

101 Diet Tips To Lose Weight

For many people with so much to do and so little time, going through a lot of information to get to what you really need to do is a task in itself.  This is why I am offering a whole list of tips conveniently in list form so that you can quickly skim through and start applying the information without further delay.

All you need to do is gradually but consistently add more tips to your life and in just a couple of weeks you can start noticing results.Check it out on this link – 101 Diet Tips to Lose Weight.

How To Lose Weight Dieting

The word DIET, has come to mean different to different people.  For many it has come to mean near starvation, hardly eating, for others it means avoiding certain food groups completely and yet for many more it is a dreaded evil that must be carried with the greatest of displeasure.  This time of the year is particularly a time of reckoning for a great number of people; having just come out of the “festive” season, a period when it appears belts are loosed and food is eaten as if there is no tomorrow… Then there comes the need to shift this excess weight; easier said than done. The problem is people want instant results, hence the unnecessary stress connected with dieting.

When one takes the idea of dieting as simply eating healthy without excesses in one area; this coupled with physical activity in the form of exercise, then dieting can and is a way of life rather than something that must be endured.  For further information on a more effective form of dieting check out this link – How to Lose Weight Dieting.