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Skip the apple juice and the applesauce and opt instead for a crunchy apple. One reason is that raw fruit has more fiber. A Harvard study followed more than , people for a decade or longer. Yogurt, of all the foods that were tracked, was most closely linked to weight loss. Yes, grapefruit really can help you shed pounds, especially if you are at risk for diabetes. Drinking grapefruit juice had the same results.

But grapefruit juice doesn't have any proven "fat-burning" properties -- it may just have helped people feel full. You cannot have grapefruit or grapefruit juice if you are on certain medications, so check the label on all your prescriptions , or ask your pharmacist or doctor. Load your shopping cart with lots of lean protein, fresh veggies, fruit, and whole grains, says food scientist Joy Dubost, PhD, RD.

The most important thing, when it comes to lasting weight loss, is the big picture of what you eat, not specific foods. Delicious foods that help you diet?

It sounds too good to be true. So take this list when you go to the supermarket: Beans Inexpensive, filling, and versatile, beans are a great source of protein.

All meals are planned out in advance. You choose your meal options from breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert sections on the monthly food order form, according to the Nutrisystem website. Except for personal choices, Nutrisystem is designed so you do not have to design a diet meal plan.

Both plans require that you purchase fresh vegetables and fruits in addition to the regular meals. Lean Cuisine has limited support services. You need to register to use the tools.

The support is mostly in FAQ question-and-answer format with nutrition and exercise advice provided as well. The Nutrisystem tools consist of weight and measurement logs, progress tracker, food diary, meal planner, grocery guide, dining-out guide and an exercise tracker. They also offer live counseling and support services.

Lean Cuisine does not offer meal plans. They offer a full line of frozen dinner products. One way to increase your weight loss is to include exercise in your efforts. Nutrisystem does not require exercise as part of the program, but does encourage it.

The company sells exercise DVDs featuring cardio-walking and strength training. Another way to ensure weight loss success on Nutrisystem is to consume the full six servings of fruits and vegetables per day recommended by the program.

One concern with the Nutrisystem plan is that it does not teach you how to prepare and cook your own low-calorie meals. Because of this, once you leave the plan, you may gain weight again. You should consult a doctor before starting any diet or weight-loss plan, including Nutrisystem.

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