If you're looking forward to your beach vacation and want to make sure your body is bathing-suit ready, don't worry. Looking good in your swimsuit may not be that difficult if you try this diet trick: you can prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss—without dieting—just by eating more fiber, according to a recent study in The Journal of Nutrition.
A cup of halved strawberries offers 3 grams of fiber and about 50 calories. You'll also get more than a full day's recommended dose of vitamin C—an antioxidant that helps keep your skin looking younger.
You’ll also get 3 grams of fiber in a cup of cooked zucchini, but only about 30 calories. Plus, zucchini contains lutein and zeaxanthin—two phytochemicals that accumulate in the eyes and help prevent age-related macular degeneration. AMD is a leading cause of blindness in older people, but much of the damage occurs decades earlier
One cup of cooked green beans has 44 calories and boasts 4 grams of fiber. It's also an excellent source of vitamin K, a nutrient that research suggests is important for maintaining strong, healthy bones
You’ll get 5 grams of fiber (and 177 calories) in a cup of cooked corn. Or in a large ear of corn, 3 grams and 127 calories. Like zucchini, corn provides the eye-health phytochemicals lutein and zeaxanthin.
A cup of raspberries has a whopping 8 grams of fiber—and for only 64 calories. Another boon: some of the fiber is soluble—in the form of pectin, which helps lower cholesterol