I attended a wedding in Destin this past weekend. It was a beautiful beachside ceremony, joining two wonderful people together. So I couldn’t be happier for my newlywed friends. However, I ate and drank a wee bit too much over the course of the mini-vacation and am now feeling a bit, well, fluffy. Fortunately, Monday is a new day and I’m back on the workout train, eating healthy meals once again. Yay.
Anyway, I saw this article about some of the best fat-fighting foods and thought you all might enjoy it. I know I'll be loading up on these items for the next few weeks.
Berries: You probably know that fiber is the magic bullet of weight loss. It keeps you satisfied throughout the day — and away from the fridge. But you may not know that berries are an excellent roughage source. Raspberries are the fiber queens with 8 grams per cup. Blackberries come in a close second with 7.4 grams and blueberries have 3.5 grams
Turkey: This clucker has the fewest calories per ounce of any animal protein. Like dairy, it contains the amino acid leucine, which may play a role in preserving muscle mass during weight loss, keeping metabolism running at full speed. Protein is also more satiating than fat or carbs — so you're less likely to overeat.
Enova Oil: Enova — made from soy and canola oils — is made of diglycerides, a type of fat that's metabolized differently from triglycerides (found in other oils — even olive) and so not stored as fat as easily. In a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, dieters who used Enova lost more weight than those who used other oils.
Peanuts: Ironically, this elephant favorite fights weight gain, slows rises in blood sugar and curbs hunger. One study from Purdue University found that individuals who added 500 calories of peanuts to their diets for 3 weeks experienced almost no change in body weight and a 24 percent drop in triglycerides --blood fats associated with heart disease.
Low-Fat Yogurt: Plain, low-fat yogurt is one of the best sources of calcium -- a mineral that may fight fat. According to Michael B. Zemel, Ph.D., director of the Nutrition Institute at the of Tennessee, not getting enough calcium triggers the release of calcitriol, a hormone that causes us to store fat, whereas meeting our daily calcium needs helps us burn fat more efficiently. Like turkey, yogurt and other dairy foods are leading sources of leucine, which also helps fight fat.
Breakfast Cereal: By boosting fiber and providing fewer calories from fat than other popular breakfasts, ready-to-eat cereal can help you fill up -- and slim down. Study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that women who ate cereal were 30 percent less likely to be overweight than those who ate other breakfast foods. To get the most bang for your breakfast buck, choose fiber-rich (aim for 5 grams per serving), low-fat cereals.
Statistics show that about 68 percent of the U.S. population is now obese or overweight. By regularly enjoying some of these foods (in the appropriate portions), as well as products sweetened with sucralose, you can lose or maintain weight in a healthy manner. For example, switching from a regular can of soda (cola) to a sucralose-sweetened variation could save 100 calories each day – and result in a loss of up to 15 pounds throughout the year if the calorie savings are maintained. And a blueberry muffin baked with sucralose can shave off 80 calories compared to the traditional version.
For more sucralose-sweetened tips or recipes, visit the recipe section of www.sucralose.org.