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Foods That Accelerate Weight Loss

author image Nina K.
Nina K. is a Los Angeles-based journalist who has been published by USAToday.com, Fitday.com, Healthy Living Magazine, Organic Authority and numerous other print and web publications. She has a philosophy degree from the University of Colorado and a journalism certificate from UCLA.
Foods That Accelerate Weight Loss
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The promise of fat-burning foods may help publishers sell magazines, but the reality is that losing weight requires consuming fewer calories than you burn -- no matter what you eat. As the West Virginia University Students' Center of Health reports, no foods or ingredients will affect your metabolism strongly enough to cause weight loss. But certain foods can help you feel satisfied on fewer calories, making it easier to lose weight.

Foods for Weight Loss

To facilitate weight loss, plan your meals around foods high in fiber and water, both of which fill you up while providing few calories. These include fruits and vegetables, broth-based bean soups, oatmeal and whole-grain pasta. Lean proteins will also help you feel satisfied on relatively few calories, so choose fish, tofu, low-fat dairy and egg whites over fatty red meats. To help prevent feelings of deprivation, eat fats from plant foods, such as nuts and avocado, but sparingly. With all foods, practice portion control -- nearly anything can be fattening in large quantities.

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