13 Comfort Foods That Burn Fat

Your favorite feel-good foods don't have to pile on the pounds—some can help you lose weight.

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Mashed sweet potatoes

Eating sweet potatoes can prevent sugar from getting stored around your waistline as fat. How? Sweet potatoes are rich in carotenoids—the orange and yellow pigments in plants that help the body respond to insulin—as well as CGA (also found in coffee). Carotenoids and CGA slow the body's release of glucose and insulin, says Bowden. Plus, sweet potatoes are filled with fiber, which slows digestion and prevents blood sugar from plummeting—and your hunger from spiking.

Try this recipe: Maple-Pecan Sweet Potato Mash

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