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5 Food Synergy Secrets for Weight Loss

Healthy food habits that can give you a weight loss edge.

Food Synergy Secrets for Weight Loss continued...

Other research has suggested there is synergy between two components found in most low-fat dairy foods -- calcium and vitamin D -- when it comes to helping reduce the risk of colon cancer, preserve bone mass, and ease symptoms of PMS as part of a low-fat diet.

The lite soy milk used in Lukaszuk's study contains both of these nutrients as well. Since it's not clear exactly what caused the weight loss benefits seen in her study, she says, it's possible that it has something to do with synergy between calcium and vitamin D.

5. Drink Green Tea. Some research indicates that green tea may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and mildly decrease body fat, possibly through catechins, a type of phytochemical. The phytochemicals in tea have a half-life of a few hours, so have one cup now, and another later in the day to get the biggest benefit. When deciding which green tea to buy (there are some great flavored options on the market), remember your nose always knows. If a tea bag smells delicious, that's how it will usually taste when brewed.

 

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the "Recipe Doctor" for the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic and the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

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Reviewed on April 17, 2008

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