Losing weight and keeping it off has never been easy. Oftentimes, it seems that every corner you turn, there are obstacles to keep you from your goals. Many factors are to blame, from the company you keep to the line of work you're in. Increased variety in stores plays a role in our obesity epidemic, as does the increased availability of getting from point A to point B (motorized scooters, elevators, etc.) One of the biggest mysteries surrounds food -- what to eat, what to avoid, when to eat and how much. Deceptive food labeling, which can make unhealthy food seem healthy, adds to this confusion, as do so-called "diet foods," with their multitude of ingredients, many only recognizable by a chemist. What if there were a few diet-friendly, or, rather, diet-perfect foods that helped you lose weight? What if we all went back to the basics and ate food with fewer ingredients? Here are six foods that can help you to satisfy your cravings, keep you full and ultimately arm you with the tools you'll need to finally fight the biggest battle of them all!
A 2003 study in the journal Nutrition found that women who consumed either three apples or three pears a day were more likely to lose weight and have better blood sugar control. As an added bonus, many studies have linked apple consumption to improved bowel function, as well as reductions in the risk of breast cancer and stroke.