Health & Fitness Column

Five foods that may entice weight loss

By John Taylor | May 14, 2013
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Forbes recently performed a review of research to find if there is scientific data that states if certain foods allow people to burn off excess fat more quickly.
After the investigation, the authors found that there are five foods that research has shown to make the pounds to come off more quickly.

Researchers from the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition followed two groups eating on identical low-calorie diets for 12 weeks.
One group ate 240 calories worth of pistachios as their afternoon snack, the other ate 220 calories worth of pretzels. The body mass index scores of the pistachio group showed more improvement, and their cholesterol and triglyceride levels dropped as well.
The researchers found that pistachios are an optimal snack for the weight-conscious because they’re high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

A research team from the Weight Management Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that substituting mushrooms for meat in one meal a day resulted in a significant weight loss.
The researchers followed 73 participants (mostly women in their 40s) for a full year and found that the mushroom group was consuming 173 fewer calories and 4.5 grams less fat a day, leading them to lose an average of 7 pounds each.

A study from Harvard and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that yogurt helped people maintain their weight as they age.
Eating habits of more than 120,000 people were analyzed to find commonalities between those who gained weight as they aged, and those who maintained healthy weights.
Of all the foods linked with weight loss, yogurt ranked the highest. Scientists don’t know yet why yogurt seems so consistently linked with thinness, but are looking into the possibility that probiotics may play a role.

Oat Bran
Multiple scientific studies have found oat bran is very high in fiber, so it makes you feel full and aids in speedy elimination.
Oat bran, like oats themselves, also absorbs fats, which is why it’s recommended by doctors to lower cholesterol, meaning eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast every day will help you lose weight.

Olive Oil
According to research at the University of Irvine, the oleic acid in olive oil is transformed in the small intestine into a compound called OEA that relieves hunger and suppresses appetite by sending signals to your brain telling it you’re full. Meaning this oil that is high in fat can actually help your body lose fat by eliminating cravings.
I’m not saying that starting at eating a weight loss program rich in these five foods will lead to optimal fat reduction, but perhaps they would be one of the options dieters consider. However, each individual should also be focused on finding ideal food options that they can incorporate into their new healthier lifestyle. For this reason, if a dieter likes pistachios, then that is awesome. However, if oat bran isn’t for them, it shouldn’t be looked upon as a negative.
But I don’t think yogurt will be an issue … who doesn’t like yogurt? Except Dark Helmet from “Spaceballs”….that guy only like playing with his toys.