5 Foods Scientifically Proven To Help You Lose Weight

They also taste freakin' awesome...


Women's Health |

Trying to lose weight, or just maintain your weight loss? The following choices are nutrient-dense and have been scientifically proven to fill you up, shrink your appetite or help you drop kilos.

Artichokes

When you get bored with leafy greens (and that can happen easily when you’re counting kilojoules), artichokes are the way to go. They make an ideal appetiser at just 250kJ each, and munching on all that fibre will help you consume fewer kilojoules during the rest of your meal. When you can get artichokes fresh (in spring and summer), they’re delicious steamed; just sprinkle with salt, pepper or a squeeze of lemon juice and eat the leaves one by one.

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Canned artichoke hearts, a staple in any slim-calm-sexy kitchen, come in handy when you need a simple but satisfying snack, and you could also purée them with a little olive oil and fresh rosemary to serve as a dip.

Chillies

Spicy chillies increase your burn thanks to an antioxidant called capsaicin. A US study found that in the few hours following a meal containing capsaicin, kilojoule burn nearly doubled. The antioxidant also significantly increased fat oxidation, pushing the body to use more fat as fuel. Some studies have even found that meals flavoured with capsaicin can diminish appetite.

Experiment with a few different fresh pre-made salsas and read the ingredients carefully to get a sense of which chillies do it for you.

Grapefruit

This citrus fruit won weight-loss fame after a study found that people who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost 1.6kg, while those who drank a serving of grapefruit juice three times a day lost 1.5kg. Many people in the study lost more than 4.5kg without making any other changes to their diets!

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If downing that much tartness leaves you puckered, try grapefruit as a delicious low-kilojoule dessert: add a tiny bit of honey, sprinkle on some cardamom and leave it under the grill for two to three minutes.

Pears

Apples may get the doctor’s vote, but a pear a day is a good idea too. Pears have especially high levels of a kind of fibre called pectin, which is known to help promote weight loss.

Poached, they make a tasty warm dessert; raw, their creamy-gritty texture pairs well with cheese for a snack.

Tomatoes

Fibre and a high volume of water ensure that tomatoes fill you up for few kilojoules. They’re also loaded with lycopene, and researchers have found that the higher the level of this antioxidant in people’s blood, the lower their level of heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

Plus, tomatoes’ nutritional benefits actually increase when cooked, so sauté or roast them, add to stews, or make a tomato-based sauce or soup – on a low-energy day, it’s a true comfort food.

This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com

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