keithjennison March 15, 2009

The phrase “you are what you eat” really sums up why you should be mindful of your favorite foods. Gobbling down a sticky hot cinnamon bun fresh from the microwave might seem like a great idea until you find yourself crashing hard in a few hours.

It can be tempting to use frozen Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig meals to jumpstart weight loss, but too often these food snacks contain extremely high sodium levels and extremely low nutritional value when compared to their raw foods counterparts. Naturally, a healthy diet of “superfoods” will lead to weight loss until you reach your ideal healthy weight too. Here are some of the best foods to look for.

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Grapefruit is one of the best foods for breakfast or lunch snacks, according to the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center and Scripps Clinic.

A multi-center study of thirty overweight and obese women found that a breakfast of two scrambled eggs, two slices of whole grain toast and a reduced-calorie fruit spread equated to them consuming less for the next 36 hours, as opposed to those women who had a bagel breakfast of equal calories.

For lunch, the best, health foods foods can be typical or slightly surprising. Salad is an obvious choice for eating healthy, as it is low in calories, not to mention high in vitamin C, E, folic acid, lycopene and disease-fighting carotenoids. In a Penn State study of 42 women, not surprisingly those who ate a big low-cal salad ate 12% less pasta afterward.

Many specialty foods diets also say that beans are excellent for weight loss, appetite suppression, keeping blood sugar stable and lowering cholesterol. Chicken noodle soup and tofu are other less-noted appetite suppressors. Hot red pepper is an item you may not routinely think of in weight loss but a Japanese study found that the ingredient capsaicin helps to suppress the appetite and increase metabolic rates.

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In addition to eating the best foods, you should also be mindful of drinking the best drinks. When it comes to drinking toward weight loss, there is no substitute for eight glasses of water per day. This most basic liquid lubricates the system, nourishes the cells, replenishes the skin and aids in digestion.

Milk is another smart weight loss drink. Several studies have shown that a high-calcium diet (from milk or other low-fat dairy foods) promotes fat burning versus fat storing. Green tea also encourages a speedy metabolism, fat burning and LDL cholesterol lowering, courtesy of antioxidants called catechins.