Try the hot, spicy kind you find in Asian import stores, specialty shops and exotic
groceries. Dr. Jaya Henry of Oxford Polytechnic Institute in England, found that the
amount of hot mustard normally called for in Mexican, Indian and Asian recipes,
about one teaspoon, temporarily speeds up the metabolism, just as caffeine and the
drug ephedrine do.
“But mustard is natural and totally safe,” Henry says. “It can be used every day, and
it really works. I was shocked to discover it can speed up the metabolism by as much
as 20 to 25 percent for several hours.” This can result in the body burning an extra
45 calories for every 700 consumed, Dr. Henry says.
Hot, spicy chili peppers fall into the same category as hot mustard, Henry says. He
studied them under the same circumstances as the mustard and they worked just as
well. A mere three grams of chili peppers were added to a meal consisting of 766
total calories. The peppers’ metabolism-raising properties worked like a charm,
leading to what Henry calls a diet-induced thermic effect. It doesn’t take much to
create the effect. Most salsa recipes call for four to eight chilies – that’s not a lot.
Peppers are astonishingly rich in vitamins A and C, abundant in calcium,
phosphorus, iron and magnesium, high in fiber, free of fat, low in sodium and have
just 24 calories per cup.
We’ve got to be kidding, right? Wrong. Potatoes have developed the same
“fattening” rap as bread, and it’s unfair. Dr. John McDougal, director of the nutritional
medicine clinic at St. Helena Hospital in Deer Park, California, says, “An excellent
food with which to achieve rapid weight loss is the potato, at 0.6 calories per gram or
about 85 calories per potato.” A great source of fiber and potassium, they lower
cholesterol and protect against strokes and heart disease. Preparation and toppings
are crucial. Steer clear of butter, milk and sour cream, or you’ll blow it. Opt for yogurt
An entire weight-loss plan, simple called the Rice Diet, was developed by Dr. William
Kempner at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The diet, dating to the
1930’s, makes rice the staple of your food intake. Later on, you gradually mix in
various fruits and vegetables.
It produces stunning weight loss and medical results. The diet has been shown to
reverse and cure kidney ailments and high blood pressure. A cup of cooked rice (150
grams) contains about 178 calories – approximately one-third the number of calories
found in an equivalent amount of beef or cheese. And remember, whole grain rice is
much better for you than white rice.
Soup is good for you! Maybe not the canned varieties from the store – but old fashioned, homemade soup promotes weight loss.
Popeye really knew what he was talking about, according to Dr. Richard Shekelle, an
epidemiologist at the University of Texas. Spinach has the ability to lower
cholesterol, rev up the metabolism and burn away fat. Rich in iron, beta carotene
and vitamins C and E, it supplies most of the nutrients you need.
You just can’t say enough about this health food from Asia. Also called soybean
curd, it’s basically tasteless, so any spice or flavoring you add blends with it nicely. A
2½ ” square has 86 calories and nine grams of protein. (Experts suggest an intake of
about 40 grams per day.) Tofu contains calcium and iron, almost no sodium and not
a bit of saturated fat. It makes your metabolism run on high and even lowers
cholesterol. With different varieties available, the firmer tofus are goof for stir-frying
or adding to soups and sauces while the softer ones are good for mashing, chopping
and adding to salads.
Continued in tomorrows post…