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New weight loss weapons: Nordic diet, social media and Paleo low carb crickets

Get ready to chirp for these new diet treats.
Get ready to chirp for these new diet treats.
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Losing weight can seem like an endless battle (just ask Kim Kardashian). But several new weight loss weapons in the battle of the bulge just might help. And one doesn't even require changing what you eat: All you have to do is enlist your friends on Facebook or Twitter, reported Women's Health on August 4.

A new study published in the Journal of the American Informatics Association discovered that getting virtual feedback from other dieters can boost your weight loss. By using an app that shows what you're eating, you can get feedback from other users. "The findings suggest that a large group of untrained peers can provide feedback comparable to trained raters who are familiar with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines using a basic rating scale," the researchers revealed.

But what if you're not into social media? Then get ready to chirp for crickets. Bitty Foods makes high protein, low carb cricket flour for use in Paleo and gluten-free diets, reported CBS on August 4.

The founder of the company, Megan Miller, claims insects provide the most efficient form of protein on earth. One cup of flour has 28 grams of protein. She believes it's the ideal solution for low carb and Paleo dieters who want to avoid all grains and boost their protein intake.

For those not hopping with joy over insect protein, a new weight loss plan called the New Nordic Diet just might be your ticket to trimming. It's an approach based on the traditional foods of Norway, Sweden and Denmark, featuring berries, vegetables and oily fish, reported the Australian News on August 4.

Scientists from Sweden's Lund University studied participants with metabolic syndrome. Those who ate the New Nordic Diet lost the most weight while reducing their blood pressure and improving their cholesterol readings.

With all the attention on low carb diets, some are questioning whether they should eliminate fruit from their plans. But the results from this study and others indicate that berries in particular can benefit your health and your waistline.

For example, strawberries contain antioxidants that help with regulating your blood sugar. And in a study that focused on blueberries, laboratory animals who ate blueberries as two percent of their diets reduced their belly fat while improving their insulin levels. Berries also are high in fiber.

As for the fish that is a key part of the Nordic diet, multiple studies recently have shown that eating more protein can help you lose weight more easily. Oily fish also are a good source of healthy fats, which help to curb your cravings.