Fend off Weight Gain with these Delicious and Seasonal Picks

Meyer lemons

A cross between a lemon and an orange, this fruit could help rev up your metabolism! According to research done at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, the d-limonene found in this fruit can help improve your liver’s ability to break down metabolism-slowing toxins by up to 30 percent.

Blood oranges

Researchers in Italy found that the antioxidants (called anthocyanins) that give these oranges their bright color may also aid in weight loss. According to their study, animal subjects who were given a daily dose of blood-orange juice lost up to 13 percent of their body weight in just three months (without making any other changes). But don’t just drink their juice; eat fiber-rich blood oranges to make them even more effective for weight loss.

Sunflower seeds

These portable seeds make a great healthy snack. Just a handful can help suppress your appetite and provide your body with plenty of magnesium, selenium and vitamin E—the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant.


If winter weight gain has you down, try adding a little coconut milk to your next meal. Research suggests that the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) found in coconut milk may help speed up your metabolism and even promote weight loss.

One 2008 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that subjects who consumed meals containing MCFAs lost twice as much weight as those that didn’t. Just be sure to read labels—not all coconut milk is the same, and some brands are very high in calories. (So Delicious Original Fermented Coconut Milk—which also contains plenty of weight-loss promoting healthy bacteria—with only 70 calories per cup).


This peppery salad leaf is a great diet food because of its powerful antioxidants that help to cleanse the kidney and the bladder, purify the blood and promote an increase in energy levels, Watercress is a good source of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K and zinc, and can help to stimulate the liver, gall bladder and kidneys, regulating important body processes that are essential to weight loss.

Dark chocolate

Weight loss is nearly impossible if you feel restricted, and since dark chocolate is rich and decadent, a small amount can perfectly satisfy the need for something sweet without pushing you overboard on calories. Stick to a one-ounce portion of 70-percent cacao or higher. That way you can get the health benefits of flavonoids and the pleasure of a sweet treat—in moderation.


Nothing beats a warm and hearty bowl of oatmeal in the winter! Full of fiber, this power breakfast provides you with sustained energy, helps to stabilize blood sugar, lowers cholesterol and will help keep you full until your next meal.

Hot chocolate

Nothing says winter like a hot cup of cocoa. And, believe it or not, it’s good for you! According to a Cornell University study, hot cocoa may have more antioxidants per cup than red wine or tea. Just be sure to skip the whip cream and make it with skim milk for a treat that is waistline friendly.

Black rice

A recent Louisiana State University study found that black rice contains more anthocyanin antioxidants than blueberries, plus plenty of fiber and vitamin E, making this grain a great addition to any weight-loss meal plan.

Spaghetti squash

This winter squash is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and it makes a great low-cal, low-carb alternative to pasta.


This flavorful, heart-healthy herb can do everything from boost your immunity to slim your waistline. A new study found that garlic may even help reduce the effects of a high-fat diet.

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