Monday, 23 May 2016

Which Foods Burn the Most Fat?

You may have tried a diet or two in hopes of dropping pounds. But a new Harvard study has uncovered a no-diet way to shed: Adding certain foods to your day while nixing others can slim you.

Researchers analyzed eating habits and gains and losses over several years. Based on their findings, we mapped out a sample day that'll lead to weight loss.

Keep up this eating style, and you'll ditch up to 5 pounds in a year.

7:00 a.m.
Skip it
Rise 'n' shine. Forgo your usual O.J. and scone.

You'll lose: .28 pounds a year. The combo of juice and a giant scone each day would pack it on.

7:05 a.m.
Eat it
At the cafe bag up a yogurt parfait for breakfast.

You'll lose: .41 pounds a year. Every additional daily serving of whole grains can peel off .09 pounds over a year. A serving of fruit helps you shed another .12 pounds; a daily dose of yogurt leads to a .2-pound loss.

10:30 a.m.
Eat it
Hungry again? Nibble on a bowl of blueberries.

You'll lose: .24 pounds a year. Two extra servings of fruit daily means another .24 pounds lost this year.

11:00 a.m.
Skip it
Step away from the supersize soda. Swap for a diet one.

You'll lose: : 1 pound a year. For every regular serving of sugary drink you down daily, you could gain .25 pounds.

1:00 p.m.
Skip it
Deli dilemma: Ham or pastrami? Neither. Skip cold cuts on white bread. Pass up the cheese, too.

You'll lose: : .44 pounds a year. A daily serving of cold cuts adds on .23 pounds a year. Cheese and white bread also set you back. If you crave a sammy, have one with turkey breast and veggies instead.

1:05 p.m.
Skip it
Hold the potato chips!

You'll lose: : .42 pounds a year. In the study, potato chips were one of the biggest offenders, causing .42 pounds of weight gain per year if eaten every day.

1:15 p.m.
Eat it
Pick up a vegetable stir-fry from your favorite takeout restaurant.

You'll lose: : .18 pounds a year. A daily serving of veggies leads to .06 pounds lost in a year; so any meals, like stir-fry, that offer three or more servings are golden.

3:00 p.m.
Eat it
Dodge the vending-machine munchies and grab a banana.

You'll lose: : .12 pounds a year

3:10 p.m.
Eat it
Snack on almonds.

You'll lose: : .28 pounds a year. Two servings daily is what it takes.

6:00 p.m.
Drink it
Quench commute thirst with water, not a sugary sports drink.

You'll lose: : .5 pounds a year

7:30 p.m.
Skip it
Steak? Go easy on it, research says.

You'll lose: : .72 pounds a year. A daily serving of red meat can pack on .24 pounds in a year; many steak entrees are three or more servings.

7:35 p.m.
Eat it
On tonight's menu: Brown-rice veggie sushi. So good!

You'll lose: : .15 pounds a year. Each serving of whole grains will help you drop an extra .09 pounds this year; a serving of veggies can help you shed .06 pounds.

8:00 p.m.
Skip it
Pass on the ice cream and cookies for dessert.

You'll lose: : .4 pounds a year. Big helpings can set you back .2 pounds yearly per sweet treat.

8:10 p.m.
Drink it
Toast your success with a glass of wine. Of all the indulgences studied, alcohol had one of the smallest associated gains.

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