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High in resistant starch and fiber, beans force your system to use extra energy (as in calories) to break them down.

Research from the University of Colorado suggests that if you choose foods high in resistant starch—it's also found in whole grains and not-quite-ripe bananas—you can increase your calorie-burning power by up to 24 percent over the course of the day.

Go for: One serving of a resistant-starch food per meal.

Try this recipe: Warm Two-Bean Chard Salad

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