Now that I've got your attention, let me let you in on a secret... Ready?
The top twelve foods for weight loss are double agents. They're also twelve
of the top foods for health.
Here's why: All provide some combination of the elements your body needs to
run smoothly, to perform its metabolic tasks, to nourish and nurture the cells,
to boost the immune system, and to help the body detoxify and eliminate the stuff
that doesn't belong. And while that sounds a lot like a definition of what you
need for health, it also happens to be precisely what's needed for weight loss.
You need the body machinery running smoothly and you need to give it the fuel it
needs to perform the tasks you're asking it to perform — whether those tasks
include toning muscle, burning fat, performing brain surgery, or chasing
grandchildren around the lawn. And in the nutritional version of American Idol,
these twelve foods are all candidates for super-stardom.
Now, let's be real. There are other foods that could easily have made the list.
Certainly you could make a case for strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries.
Low-calorie bioflavonoid and enzyme-rich grapefruit is a serious contender. Green
(or black) tea would make the cut, except it's not technically a food. Raw certified
organic milk probably belongs on the list, and there are nutritionists who would
argue, not without reason, for spices like cinnamon (which can help control blood
sugar) and herbs like oregano, rosemary, thyme, and ginger — all of which are rich in
antioxidants and other valuable compounds. But listen, no one said the nominating
committee — in this case, me — was going to please absolutely everyone.
One more thing: Nuts get honorable mention. They're a top food for health, containing
heart healthy fats and a variety of minerals, but they're oh-so-easy to overeat.
However, in reasonable portions, like 1/4 cup, they've been shown to have enormous
benefits when added to the diet. They even help with weight control!
collectively — almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, and
macadamias — as the "fifth Beatle" — a phantom member of my top twelve list that
would have made the cut except for the fact that "Top 13" didn't sound as catchy
as an even dozen.
- Lean Meats:
Iron and B-12 are best absorbed from meat, and it's a great source
of protein. Meat can absolutely be part of an effective diet for both weight loss and
health. I really recommend grass-fed organic meat over the commercial kind — it's a completely
A recent animal study showed that 1/2 cup a day improves memory. They're
low in sugar, and high in fiber. Blueberries are a genuine health food. Go for
An amazing source of phytochemicals including the cancer-fighting
indole-3-carbinole. The calcium in broccoli is better absorbed by the body than the
calcium from milk.
Kale is the superstar of vegetables, with the highest known antioxidant capacity.
Tomatoes are high in vitamins and lycopene, which may have a protective effect against
A wonderful source of fiber, as well as one of the only food sources of GLA,
an important fatty acid. Go for the slow cooking kind, not the instant. Even low-carbers
can have a small portion a day.
One of nature's most complete foods and a highly bio-available source of protein.
Get the free-range kind which have omega-3 fats, and don't be afraid of the yolk!
But be sure to get the
Alaskan wild kind. The
domestic farm raised stuff is highly
polluted and doesn't have as much omega-3. Vital Choice sells the purest stuff on the planet — fresh (frozen),
A health food store in a can. Huge source of omega 3's, cheap, great source of
protein, and filling. Do not get the stuff in vegetable oil — stick with olive oil.
A great source of beta-carotene, and a high-volume, low-calorie filler-upper
that also happens to be delicious.
- Garlic and Onions:
Both members of the allium family of vegetables they are loaded with
phytochemicals that confer numerous health benefits. They also make food taste good!
- Whey Protein Powder:
One of the best sources of absorbable protein on the planet, whey
protein stimulates the immune system by raising glutathione, that helps keep blood sugar stable
and cuts appetite. A recent study showed it was effective in reducing overeating. Go for
the best kind: In my opinion, Paleomeal.
And never, ever forget... Water. Water nourishes, replenishes, and is needed for every
cellular process in the body, including fat burning. It's the ultimate "weight loss" drink!
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