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The 12 Best Foods That Speed Up Weight Loss

Ramp up your weight loss efforts with these superfoods!
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The inside of your body doesn't need a ton of maintenance for weight loss. In fact, a simple, healthy diet—one that's high in fiber and low in sugar, preservatives, and unhealthy fats—is all that's needed to keep your body feeling healthy and getting you to that weight-loss goal.

This is why we rounded up a few of the best foods to eat that can help speed up your weight loss efforts. Here are the foods to stock up on, and for more healthy eating tips, be sure to check out our list of The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

1

Asparagus

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It's a natural diuretic, so asparagus can help relieve bloating and other unpleasant feelings. Its balance of amino acids and minerals may also help to alleviate hangover symptoms, according to a study in the Journal of Food Science. Here's How to Cook Asparagus So It Becomes Your New Favorite Veggie.

2

Avocado

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The superfruits contain two oils, linalool, and geranyl acetate, that have been shown to have a positive effect on irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders. In a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers fed twenty-two different fruits to a group of rats that had suffered liver damage. The avocado was the most beneficial in restoring liver function. Here's why the avocado is the The One Food To Eat To Feel Full, According to a Dietitian.

3

Bananas

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Thanks to their potent dose of potassium, bananas can help counterbalance the effects of sodium and reduce water retention. They're also packed with resistant starch, which helps to feed the healthy bacteria in your gut. Here are 17 Amazing Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Bananas.

4

Beets

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These ruby-red roots contain a type of antioxidant called betalains that help repair and regenerate cells in the liver, your body's primary detox organ.

5

Citrus Peel

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The skins of lemons, limes, and other citrus fruit contain an antioxidant d-limonene, which has been shown to help stimulate liver enzymes, according to the World Health Organization. Here are 15 Ways to Lose Weight with Lemons.

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Collard Greens

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There might be a reason why collard greens are often served alongside fried chicken. Nutrients in the greens bind to bile acids in the body, helping to block the buildup of cholesterol in the bloodstream, according to a study in Nutrition Research.

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Dijon Mustard

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For a mere 5 calories, a teaspoon of mustard can boost metabolism by up to 25% for several hours, according to English researchers. Just make sure you're eating pure mustard, not the sweetened, honey mustard stuff! Here are The Best & Worst Store-Bought Mustards—Ranked.

8

Grapefruit

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In one Japanese study, researchers found that grapefruit can enhance the action of calorie-burning brown fat cells, enhancing the breakdown of fat while reducing appetite. And a second study in the journal Metabolism found that eating half a grapefruit a day can whittle your middle by up to an inch in just six weeks. Here are 20 Grapefruit Recipes For Weight Loss.

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Kiwi

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One of the few foods that combine fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, kiwi will help bolster your digestive system while reducing inflammation and improving heart health.

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Sardines

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A three-week study in the International Journal of Cardiology found that smokers who supplemented with just 2 grams of omega-3s a day—about what you'd get in a 4-ounce serving of sardines—showed marked improvement in the elasticity of their arteries.

RELATED: This 7-day smoothie diet will help you shed those last few pounds.

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Turmeric

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The compound curcumin, found in the bright-orange Indian spice turmeric, has been shown to reduce bile duct blockage and scarring in the liver by interfering with chemical reactions involved in the inflammatory process, according to a study in the journal Gut.

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White tea

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A study in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism found that white tea can simultaneously stimulate the breakdown of fat in the body while blocking the formation of new fat cells.

Here are 5 Teas That Help You Melt Fat.

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