Do you pack on the pounds in the colder months?

Fiber is a great way to stay in shape and there is the added benefit of heart and gastrointestinal heatlh! Be sure to consume plenty of fiber, at least 14 grams per day, for a trim waist year round. A 2006 Bastyr University study found that participants who routinely consumed at least 14 grams of fiber per day were less likely to be overweight than those that consumed less.

Squash is a great, low calorie way to boost your fiber in take; especially in the winter when they are in season! Squash is also digested more slowly by the body and can help you stay fuller longer. Winter squash is also rich in carotenes that is great for eye health and heart disease.

More fiber-full foods for weight-loss: Artichokes, raspberries, whole grains, legumes