Your morning snack attack is caused by a dip in blood sugar levels. Fiber-rich oatmeal stays in your stomach for hours, staving off a doughnut run.
Watch out: Steer clear of the sugary flavored varieties. Choose the plain stuff, and sweeten it with berries.
Watch out: Skip salted nuts; too much sodium raises blood pressure.
Watch out: Make that smoothie with fruit, yogurt, and low-fat milk — adding protein powder to a chocolate shake doesn't make it health food (we wish).
Watch out: Steer clear of hydrogenated vegetable oils; they're loaded with unhealthy trans fat.
Watch out: Jelly is the junk food of the fruit world. It has almost no fiber and contains added sugar.
Watch out: Talk to your doc first if your cholesterol is high.
Watch out: Refried beans are high in saturated fat. Choose plain black, pinto, or other varieties instead.
Watch out: Cured meats and sausage have a lot of saturated fat.
Watch out: Sometimes bread labeled "wheat" has been stripped of all of its fiber and nutrients. Look for "whole grain" or "100 percent whole wheat."
Watch out: Pick all-natural PB, which doesn't contain added sugar.
Watch out: Iceberg lettuce has almost no fiber. Fill your bowl with romaine, arugula, or spinach instead.
Watch out: Always pick low-fat or fat-free dairy over the full-fat versions.
Scarf down: Half a cup daily
In fact, according to Swiss researchers, tea-drinking subjects burn a whopping 266 more calories per day than those who abstain.
For consummate calorie-torching, skip bottled teas — processing has depleted them of slimming nutrients. Instead, steep a tea bag in one cup of hot water for two minutes, then cool with ice cubes. Enjoy four cups daily.
His slimming Rx: "Grate one ounce on soups or salads daily."
Good news for you, because slower digestion means your body has to work harder — that is, burn more calories — in order to process your meal, explains Janine Higgins, Ph.D., lead author of a University of Colorado study on weight loss.
Battle the bulge with a half-cup daily.