The right foods can actually help you shed pounds and reach your weight-loss goals. suggests adding these to your menu:




Studies have shown that people find mushroom-based entrées just as satisfying as those made with lean beef. Mushrooms are far lower in calories than beef, and certain varieties such as shiitake and maitake mushrooms have been shown to reduce inflammation.




Breakfast is a key meal when trying to shed pounds, and starting the day with protein-rich eggs will keep you feeling full longer, so you’re less likely to give into temptations throughout the day.




Apples have less than 100 calories each, and they’re full of fiber, which fills you up.




Starting a meal with soup prepares your body for digestion and curbs your appetite before you dig into more calorie-dense dishes.


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Studies have shown that people eat less when the dish they’re eating is spicy.




Beans are high in fiber, meaning it takes longer to digest them. Translation: you’ll feel full longer than when you eat low-fiber foods.


Green Tea


Green tea contains antioxidants that speed up your metabolism, plus its a great natural, calorie-free way to whet your palate when you’re tired of plain water. Try brewing a hot mug of your favorite variety, or make a delicious Iced Mint Green Tea, which is a great alternative to sugary juices and sodas that the whole family will love sipping on.




Pears have even more fiber than apples. The next time you’re throwing a grown-up gathering




Cinnamon can help curb post-meal insulin spikes. Try sprinkling it on your morning oatmeal or make cinnamon toast for your kids.