Five foods for weight loss

Recent studies have identified a handful of foods that seem to work.

Dieting is not easy no matter how simple the diet gurus make it sound. But do certain foods help you lose weight faster? Recent studies have identified a handful of foods that seem to work.

1. Pistachios
A study at the University of California, Los Angeles found that those who snacked on a handful of pistachios lost more weight than those who snacked on a similar serving size of pretzels. Besides a better BMI, those who ate the pistachios also had lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

2. Mushrooms
If you substitute mushrooms for meat in one meal a day, it can lead to substantial weight loss. The texture of mushrooms makes them an ideal meat substitute.  A study from the Weight Management Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md., showed an average weight loss of 7 pounds per study participant.

3. Yogurt
You may have heard about this one before because it’s been in the news. But a new study from the Nurses Health Study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that yogurt ranked the highest of all foods linked with weight loss. The experts don’t really know why, but if it works, who cares!

4. Oat bran
Oat bran is apparently a big deal in Europe. People carry it around with them because it’s a key element in the Dukan diet made popular by Kate Middleton and Jennifer Lopez. Oat bran is very high in fiber, so it makes you feel full and helps keep your digestive system “regular.”

5. Olive oil
You’ve probably heard about this one too, but research from the University of California, Irvine highlights olive oil’s specific benefits. The study showed that oleic acid in olive oil relieves hunger and suppresses appetite by sending signals to your brain saying you’re full.

Now if only we’d listen to what our bodies are saying to us! For more on these foods and the studies to back them up, go to:

–Jackie Hays


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