9 Foods to Help You Lose Weight

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Keep up the great work! I need a food tracker, but to ensure that I get enough food in a day, not to lose weight. Thanks Pat — appreciate the nice feedback. I have been on Nutrisystem for about 5 weeks now. You may also need a bland diet after stomach or intestinal surgery. I'm glad you enjoyed the article!

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A bland diet includes foods that are soft, not very spicy, and low in fiber. If you are on a bland diet, you should not eat spicy, fried, or raw foods. You should not drink alcohol or drinks with caffeine in them.

Your health care provider will tell you when you can start eating other foods again. It is still important to eat healthy foods when you add foods back in. Your provider can refer you to a dietitian or nutritionist to help you plan a healthy diet.

Thompson M, Noel MB. Nutrition and family medicine. Textbook of Family Medicine. Foods you can eat. Foods you can eat on a bland diet include: Milk and other dairy products, low-fat or fat-free only Cooked, canned, or frozen vegetables Fruit juices and vegetable juices some people, such as those with GERD, may want to avoid citrus and tomato Breads, crackers, and pasta made with refined white flour Refined, hot cereals, such as Cream of Wheat farina cereal Lean, tender meats, such as poultry, whitefish, and shellfish that are steamed, baked, or grilled with no added fat Creamy peanut butter Pudding and custard Eggs Tofu Soup, especially broth Weak tea.

Some foods you may want to avoid when you are on a bland diet are: You want to keep the soup to to calories a serving. So skip the dollops of cream and butter. Want to enjoy chocolate between meals? Pick a square or two of dark over the milky version. When Penn State researchers added pureed cauliflower and zucchini to mac and cheese, people seemed to like the dish just as much.

But they ate to fewer calories. Those healthy vegetables added low-cal bulk to the tasty dish. A protein-rich breakfast may help you resist snack attacks throughout the day. The women ate a calorie breakfast that included eggs and a beef sausage patty. The effect of the high-protein breakfast seemed to last into the evening, when the women munched less on fatty, sugary goods than the women who had cereal for breakfast. For a great snack on the run, take a small handful of almonds, peanuts, walnuts, or pecans.

Research shows that when people munch on nuts, they automatically eat less at later meals. Skip the apple juice and the applesauce and opt instead for a crunchy apple. One reason is that raw fruit has more fiber. A Harvard study followed more than , people for a decade or longer.

Yogurt, of all the foods that were tracked, was most closely linked to weight loss. Yes, grapefruit really can help you shed pounds, especially if you are at risk for diabetes. Drinking grapefruit juice had the same results. But grapefruit juice doesn't have any proven "fat-burning" properties -- it may just have helped people feel full.

You cannot have grapefruit or grapefruit juice if you are on certain medications, so check the label on all your prescriptions , or ask your pharmacist or doctor. Load your shopping cart with lots of lean protein, fresh veggies, fruit, and whole grains, says food scientist Joy Dubost, PhD, RD.

The most important thing, when it comes to lasting weight loss, is the big picture of what you eat, not specific foods.

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