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High-Fiber Weight Loss Foods

No one follows diet research the way we do. It's not often that we find a tip that's effective AND painless. Here is one for you right now: According to a study at Brigham Young University, if you eat eight grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories you consume, you'll lose two pounds a year. For the average person, that means aiming for about 16 grams per day. Here's a list of fiber-rich foods to get you started, courtesy of the website EatingWell.com:

- #1: Apples. A medium apple - that's about the size of a baseball - has four grams of fiber. Apples are rich in heart-healthy, cancer-fighting antioxidants, which also increase endurance and help your body use oxygen more efficiently.

- Another high-fiber weight loss food: Green beans. One cup has four grams of fiber, and one-third of your daily requirement of vitamin C.

- #3 on our list of foods that do the weight loss work for you: Sweet potatoes. A spud the size of a computer mouse has five grams of fiber, and just 103 calories. It also provides iron, magnesium, and a whole day's supply of vitamin A.

- Next up: Raspberries. The eight grams of fiber in one cup comes from the pectin that helps berries keep their shape, which is important, because pectin helps lower cholesterol.

- Finally: Sprinkle half a cup of chickpeas on your salad for a whopping six grams of fiber and less than 100 calories! You also get plenty of vitamin B6 and folate, both of which play a role in forming healthy new cells.