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9 Best Summer Foods For Weight Loss

Prevention Logo By Allison Young of Prevention | Slide 1 of 9: <p>Ah, <a href="http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-recipes/farmers-market-recipe-finder-tomatoes">tomatoes</a>—those juicy red orbs of summer aren't just basil's best friend, they're antioxidant-packed powerhouses that can keep you trim, too. Tomatoes are the richest source of lycopene, a potent antioxidant that can <a href="http://www.prevention.com/food/10-best-anti-inflammatory-foods">reduce inflammation in the body</a> and in turn help control leptin levels, an appetite-regulating hormone that can dial down cravings. Plus they're low-cal (a medium tomato has just 22 calories) and loaded with vitamin C, an antioxidant linked to boosted fat burning, especially during exercise. Opt for organic; one study found organic tomatoes have 55% more vitamin C. </p><p>Try this delicious <a href="http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-recipes/best-tomato-sauce-and-salad-recipes/slide/1">Heirloom Tomato Pizza</a>.</p>

1. Tomatoes

Ah, tomatoes—those juicy red orbs of summer aren't just basil's best friend, they're antioxidant-packed powerhouses that can keep you trim, too. Tomatoes are the richest source of lycopene, a potent antioxidant that can reduce inflammation in the body and in turn help control leptin levels, an appetite-regulating hormone that can dial down cravings. Plus they're low-cal (a medium tomato has just 22 calories) and loaded with vitamin C, an antioxidant linked to boosted fat burning, especially during exercise. Opt for organic; one study found organic tomatoes have 55% more vitamin C.

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