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Foods For Slimmer Waists

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Struggling to shrink your waist line. Diet is equally important as workout when it comes to waistline. Eating the right food is the key to loose tummy. Here are a list of food choices you can indulge in to loose reduce your waistline.

1. Almonds

Almonds contain protein,magnesium and fiber. Magnesium regulates blood sugar. "A stable blood-sugar level helps prevent cravings that can lead to overeating and weight gain," says David Katz, MD, a professor at the Yale University School of Medicine. Almonds also decrease the absorption of fat cells in the body.

2. Eggs

Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center suggets that people who ate eggs for breakfast are less hungrier through out the day. "The protein and fat in the egg may be contributing to the feeling of satiety," says lead researcher Nikhil V. Dhurandhar, PhD. Eggs are also the best source of protein for vegetarians. and also they maintain essential amino acids in the body.

3. Soy

Soybeans are a great source of antioxidants, fiber, and protein. A study at Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that soy when consumed as a meal replacement helps loose weight faster.

4. Apples

 "A large apple has five grams of fiber, but it's also nearly 85 percent water, which helps you feel full," explains Elisa Zied, RD, author of So What Can I Eat?! (Wiley, 2006). Apples  contain quercetin, a compound shown to help fight certain cancers, reduce cholesterol damage, and promote healthy lungs.

5. Berries

Berries are high in antioxidants. ”Antioxidants help improve blood flow, which can help muscles contract more efficiently," says Dr. Katz. Berries are also loaded with fiber.The more fiber you eat the fewer calories you absorb from junk food.

6. Leafy Greens

One cup of spinach contains only about 40 calories, while a cup of broccoli has 55 calories and fills about 20 percent of your day's fiber requirement. They are also a good source of calcium.

7. Yogurt

Eating yogurt can cure bloating and constipation, which keeps your tummy flat. According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Obesity, people who get their calcium from yogurt rather than any other sources may lose more weight around their midsection than others.

The bacteria present in yogurt is probiotic and it helps keep your digestive system healthy.

8. Veggie Soup

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University suggest that people who eat low-fat soups two times a day lost more weight easily than those who didnt. "Plus, it's a simple way to get your vegetables," says Susan Kleiner, PhD, RD, author of Power Eating (Human Kinetics, 2001). People who ate soup maintained weight better over years when compared to those who didnt.