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Diet benefits of everyday foods

There are certain types of food that help promote weight loss more than others. Surprisingly, some of these are foods you have right in your refrigerator or pantry. From keeping you full longer to burning more fat, these foods are not only necessary for your health, but also for losing or maintaining your weight. Here are some interesting diet benefits from regular, everyday foods.


Dairy. Long thought of as a diet no-no, dairy has recently been proven to have fat-burning capabilities. Studies have shown that people on high dairy diets lose significantly more weight than people on low dairy diets consuming the same number of calories. Specifically dairy has been shown to increase fat loss, especially around the midsection. Put yogurt or cheese back into your diet to speed up your weight loss efforts.


Fiber. It helps keep you full longer by providing bulk and slowing digestion. Filling up on foods high in fiber like fruit, vegetables and whole grain bread will make you less likely to reach for a snack an hour after a meal.


Protein. This nutrient helps keep you full because it takes longer to digest than carbohydrates. Protein may also release certain hormones that contribute to feelings of fullness. Include protein in every meal to reduce cravings and stabilize blood sugar.


Red Wine. Besides having heart benefits, a moderate amount of red wine can also help keep weight off. Studies have shown that resveratrol, a substance found in grapes and red wine, may hinder fat storage and keep fat cells from increasing in size. It may also help to reduce the risk of disorders associated with obesity, such as diabetes and clogged coronary arteries.


Sources:

“Dairy Foods Help Burn Fat, Speed Weight Loss.” WebMD Health News, 16 April 2004. Web. 24 March 2010. The Endocrine Society. "Red Wine's Resveratrol May Help Battle Obesity." ScienceDaily, 17 June 2008. Web. 24 March 2010

 

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