9 foods that can help keep the extra weight away
9 'Keeping It Off' Superfoods
1. Green Tea
Go out of your way to indulge in a tall glass of iced green tea or a mug of
hot green tea when you get the chance. Here's why: In a recent study,
volunteers who drank a bottle of tea (fortified with green tea extract) every
day for three months lost more body fat than another group who drank a bottle
of regular oolong tea. Except for the different teas, their overall diets were
similar. Researchers suspect that the catechins (helpful phytochemicals) in
green tea may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and
mildly decrease body fat.
2. Soup (broth- or tomato-based, that is)
Calorie-containing liquids generally are less filling than solid foods, but
soups are the exception, says researcher Richard Mattes from Purdue University.
In Mattes' study, participants were fed 300-calorie servings of various soups
before eating their lunches (they could eat as much lunch as they wanted).
Mattes found that the study participants tended to take in fewer total daily
calories on days when they had the soup, suggesting that eating low-calorie
soups (the broth- and tomato-based ones) before meals may reduce hunger and
increase feelings of fullness.
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, director of nutrition for WebMD, agrees that
lower-calorie soups (that is, tomato- and broth-based varieties) are highly
"If you have soup before a meal, it helps control hunger and you eat
less," she says.
3. Low-Calorie Green Salads
Having a low-calorie salad -- not to be confused with salads brimming with
cheese, croutons, high-fat dressings, and so on -- as a first course can help
you feel fuller and reduce the calories you eat during that meal, according to
a study by Rolls. She found that eating a small low-calorie salad tended to cut
calories eaten at the meal by 7%, and a larger salad by 12%. But the study
found the opposite is true with high-calorie salads. These increased the
calories eaten during the meal by 8% for a small salad, and 17% for a larger