Tiny Weight Loss Secrets

What little black seeds can help you shed those extra pounds?

The tiny beads known as chia seeds pack some powerful nutrition. They are high in fiber and the heart-healthy omega 3 fats, and they contain a respectable amount of protein and calcium. Besides all that, they appear to help people lose weight! A recent study compared overweight people who ate about 3 or 4 tablespoons of ground chia seeds per day with those who ate the same amount of oat bran. After 6 months, those eating the chia seeds lost more weight and more inches in the waist compared to those who had the oat bran. So get a little spice grinder and grind the chia seeds. Sprinkle the powder on your cereal, salad or soup. It has a mild enough flavor, you might not even know it's there. Don't eat the seeds or powder dry, though. When chia seeds get wet, they make a gel, and that's best happening in your food and not in your throat.

by Dorothea Sarli, Nutritionist