Saturday, July 26, 2008

6 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss

You are what you eat--at least that's true for your waistline. "Today" show nutritionist and diet editor Joy Bauer says that by making certain foods staples of your diet you can lose weight without going hungry.

The six best summer foods for weight loss:

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1. Chilled soups
Sip a chilled, broth-based soup, such as gazpacho or cucumber-dill, as an appetizer before lunch and dinner and you'll eat less during the meal--but be just as full.

2. Watermelon
Since watermelon is half water, it only has 80 calories per cup. It's also packed with vitamin C so it's good for you.

3. Salads
Eat a low-calorie salad (go easy on the dressing!) and you'll be full for hours. The best salad has unlimited vegetables with lean protein, such as chicken, tofu, shrimp or egg whites, along with a scoop of beans.

4. Grilled veggies
Fire up the outdoor grill and throw on onions, bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, eggplant and asparagus.

5. Unsweetened iced tea
Chose your favorite: black or green. Both have no calories and are packed with phytonutrients. Add a slice of fresh fruit for natural sweetness.

6. Fresh fruit
Fresh fruit is naturally sweet and low in calories. For a different kind of treat, try freezing grapes or bananas or grilling pineapple.

(Source: "Today")

Here are some great weight loss tips from Joy Bauer, too:

  • Put your fork down after each bite.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of snacking.
  • Shock your tongue with spices.
  • Donate your "fat clothes."

--From the Editors at Netscape