Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Can these "thin foods" help you lose weight?

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Even when I'm trying to lose weight, I consider all (plain) veggies "free" and never count them in my calorie total for the day. Why? Because veggies are ultra-low in calories, loaded with nutrition, and so fiber-rich that they fill you up before you could every possibly overeat them.

That's why veggies are considered a "thin" food, or a food that will help you lose weight. Not all thin foods are green and crunchy, though. Whole grains, calcium-rich dairy products, soy, and nuts are also on the list. The idea is to choose foods that are full of fiber, high in calcium, and have a high water content.

For instance, according to the article, you can try eating a bowl of broth based soup before a meal or drinking a glass of V8. The water content will help fill you up so that when your meal comes you hunger is well under control. If the soup contains plenty of freshly cooked veggies, all the better! And avoiding processed foods will help you lower your fat and salt intake each day. So if you're trying to take off a few pounds, consider adding these "thin" foods to your menu!

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