Given the tremendous complexity of the human body’s digestive processes, simple calorie-counting is not a very effective way to lose weight. Instead, an effective weight loss diet should evaluate food after its thermic effect — that is, the amount of energy needed to digest it. By causing the body to work harder and burn calories, a product of high thermogenic capacity can partially offset its own caloric value, yielding a much lower net intake.

Health magazine's article on metabolism-boosting foods lists some of the best calorie-burning products available. The thermic effect of these foods will melt unnecessary calories, promote a robust metabolism, and even regulate appetite.