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The Best Diet Plan for Weight Reduction

Americans are fat and just getting fatter.  Our plate and portion sizes have grown over the past 30 years and we are relying more and more on pre-packaged and fast food.  We also spend more time in our vehicles, at a desk or in front of the television or computer and less time participating in physical activity than ever before.  It is no surprise that a majority of us are searching for a miracle diet and weight loss program to get healthier.

Is there really a universal diet plan that can help anyone lose weight quickly?  The answer may surprise you.  When trying to lose weight it is very important to reduce the number of calories you take in, only eat lean protein, whole grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables.  According to the latest research, below are 7 top super foods that will help you shed the pounds much faster.

1. Pistachios

These super nuts are high in protein, fiber and healthy unsaturated fats.  Snacking on pistachios throughout the day will keep you full and lead to long term weight reduction. Pistachios also provide a great source or arginine which helps reduce nitric oxide in the blood and prevent buildup along arteries.

Pistachios from talbertnutrition.com
Bulk Pistachios from talbertnutrition.com

2. Black Beans

Field Day Organic Black Beans
Field Day Organic Black Beans from talbertnutrition.com

One cup of delicious black beans packs a whopping 15 grams of protein.  A diet high in lean protein a long with proper exercise will help you burn fat and build muscle.  Black beans also contain zero saturated fats.  Enjoy these tasty beans as a side dish with your lunch or dinner.  

Whole Shiitake Mushrooms
Whole Shiitake Mushrooms from talbertnutrition.com
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3. Mushrooms

You can substitute mushrooms for meat in most meals.  Studies show that eating less meat will help you lose weight.  According to research from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health weight management center if you substitute mushrooms for meat in just one meal a day you will achieve significant weight loss.  

4. Oats

Rich in fiber oats help you stay fuller longer.  Just 1/2 c of oatmeal contains 4.6 grams of resistant starch, a healthy carbohydrate that boosts metabolism and burns fat.  

Regular Rolled Oats from talbertnutrition.com
Regular Rolled Oats from talbertnutrition.com

5. Yogurt

Research continues on linking yogurt to weight loss, but based on a recent study conducted by Darius Mozzatarian of Harvard and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, he found that people who consumed yogurt were more likely to maintain a healthy weight as they aged compared to those who did not eat yogurt.

6. Avocados

Packed with fiber and protein, avocados also contain healthy monounsaturated fats that may help you feel fuller longer.

7. Olive Oil

Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil from talbertnutrition.com

Olive oil, another monounsaturated fat also contains oleic acid, which according to a study from the University of Irvine, oleic acid is transformed in the small intestine into a compound called oleoylethanolamide (OEA) which relieves hunger and suppresses appetite by sending signals to your brain telling you that you are full. 

Next time you are at the grocery store put a few of these super foods in your grocery cart.  By making simple changes to your diet you will be able to lose weight quickly.  For more information on diet and weight loss and natural grocery products for weight reduction visit talbertnutrition.com.

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Cascia TalbertCascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.