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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.