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Home > Newsletters > January 2010 > Delicious Weight-Control Foods

Delicious Weight-Control Foods

Weight-Control FoodsBy Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D.

Many fad diets may promise instant, significant weight-loss results, but most of them rely on depriving your body of nutrients and disrupting the natural function of your body's metabolism.

Chinese medicine considers obesity to be the result, in part, of declining function of the metabolic Kidney 'fire'; thus, a diet that provides a well-balanced array of nutrients is key to healthy weight loss. Here are five food suggestions to help you achieve a healthy weight.

Millet - This non-glutinous whole grain is over 10 percent protein and has high amounts of fiber and B-complex vitamins. It is easy to digest because it is not an acid-forming food.

Asparagus - When losing weight, it is important to eat chlorophyll-rich foods. Asparagus is a nutrient-rich vegetable packed with folate, and vitamins A, C, and K. Asparagus contains a carbohydrate known as inulin (not to be confused with insulin) that promotes healthy bacteria in the large intestine, which in turn makes for healthier digestive function.

Pomegranates - Pomegranates are a wonderful example of a healthy, nutritious fruit that has antioxidant properties that can help prevent cancer. As with all fruits, it is important to eat the whole fruit rather than drinking fruit juice. Whole fruit contains very important fiber that maintains digestive health and helps assuage hunger pangs.

Pine Nuts - Chinese medicine uses pine nuts to improve gastrointestinal and digestive function; pine nut oil is used for appetite suppression. Pine nuts and other nuts are a tasty part of a well-balanced diet for weight management.

Green Tea - Caffeine in large amounts can lead to increased appetite, stress and food cravings. Green tea is a wonderful alternative to coffee although it does contain a small amount of caffeine, it also contains beneficial antioxidants. So drink up!

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