Curb Your Cravings With These

There are no magic foods but there are foods that, because of heir taste, texture or density, can help you lose weight. That’s the idea behind the following foods which trick your body into feeling satisfied with far less fat and fewer calories than it;s used to:

SWEET POTATOES. While baked potatoes cry out for butter or sour cream, sweet potatoes have a naturally rich taste and creamy texture. Delicious plain, they have only 20 calories and are loaded with beta carotene.

SALSA. Sidetracked by salsa’s tongue startling flavor, your mouth wont’ miss greasy condiments. Try it instead     of mayonnaise on sandwiches or as a marinade for chicken and fish.

HIGH FIBER CEREALS. By providing bulk, these cereals fill you up on relatively few calories. One study showed that people who started the day with high fiber cereals consumed fewer calories 3 1/2 hours later than did people who ate low or no fiber cereals. But look for cereals low in sugar and pour on skim milk instead of whole.

CINNAMON – RAISIN BAGELS. Like cereals most breads have bulk going for them. Cinnamon raisin bagels are a particular standout since they’re sweet enough to make it easy forgo fattening spreads. The only caveat : go for small to medium sized bagels. Large ones can have as many calories as four slices of bread.

FLAVORED SELTZERS. Don’t mistake thirst for hunger. when you feel the urge to eat, try having a drink first. For those who find plain water a bore, flavored no-calorie seltzers are good.

GRAPES. Sitting on a sofa making your way through a bag of cookies may seem tempting after a hard day. Eat grapes instead. They’re high in sugar but as long as you don’t overdo it, they offer the same soothing hand to mouth action with none of the fat. try them frozen too.

ORANGES. The more slowly you eat, the easier it is to recognized your body’s satiety signals. And what snack takes longer than peeling and sectioning an orange? Because they come in the fiber intact, they’re more filling than orange juice. Besides an orange has only 73 calories, a cup of oranges juice has 120.

AIR – POPPED POPCORN. If quantity affects the quality of your eating experience, consider that four cups of air-popped popcorn have only 100 calories and gram of fat. Compare that to potato chips – four cups weigh in at about 600 calories and have 40 grams of fat. Sprinkle the popcorn with hit sauce or dried herbs and a teaspoon of cheese and enjoy.

CANDY BAR. To avoid binges, it’s important to indulge yourself once in while. The occasional candy bar is a good choice for sweet tooth cravings because it’s individually packaged and thus less risky than cake or ice cream.



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