By Seth Kolloen
March 26, 2015
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Folks, we're getting so good at following Dr. Phil's advice, we're starting to read his mind!

The doc's latest prescription for America is the 20 "key foods" named in his best-selling book The 20/20 Diet. Amazingly, every single food is something a home cook thought to make before Dr. Phil suggested it.

1) Coconut Oil

Dr. Phil says: "Made up of medium-chain triglycerides...the body burns as fuel almost entirely." Here's 28 recipes that use coconut oil, like this Quinoa Pilaf with Shredded Chicken.

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2) Cod

Dr. Phil says: "Low-calorie, delicious type of white fish that is highly versatile in recipes." Not to mention fast—see how to cook flavorful cod in just 10 minutes.

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3) Eggs

Dr. Phil says: "Have a tendency to 'stick to your ribs.'" He means that when you eat eggs in the morning, you feel fuller all day. This Mexican dish should do the trick.

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4) Whey protein

Dr. Phil says: "Potential for appetite suppression and weight loss in overweight individuals." Protein powder is an easy add to smoothies.

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5) Prunes

Dr. Phil says: "High in fiber."

Ha, just kidding Doc. Prunes are good to snack, or use them as part of a dried fruit salad.

6) Leafy greens

Dr. Phil says: "Cruise around the produce section...and try out a new leafy green." Then take a look at 6 Simple Ways to Make Green Salads Awesome.

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7) Apples

Dr. Phil says: "Fiber-filled and delicious."

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8) Chickpeas

Dr. Phil says: "Naturally filling due to high amounts of protein and fiber." When you roast them they get super-crunchy.

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9) Tofu

Dr. Phil says: "You'll be surprised at just how versatile it is." Check out all the tofu dinners home cooks have already come up with.

10) Green Tea

Dr. Phil says: "Has been shown to increase thermogenesis*" Of course you can just drink it, but this fruity pick-me-up mixes green tea with pineapple.

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11) Mustard

Dr. Phil says: "A low-calorie and delicious way to flavor your foods." And if you're going to be using so much, how about making your own?

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12) Walnuts

Dr. Phil says: "Boast high plant-based omega-3 fatty acid content." When you aren't poppin' walnuts as a snack, use them to add texture to salad.

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13) Olive oil

Dr. Phil says: "May support heart health and cognitive activity." Olive oil is the key to flash-blasting—the quick trick that makes broccoli irresistible.

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14) Almonds

Dr. Phil says: "Have been shown to increase our sense of fullness."

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15) Lentils

Dr. Phil says: "Inexpensive nutritional powerhouses." And delicious in soups and stews like this one.

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16) Peanut butter (natural)

Dr. Phil says: "A healthy source of fat to fuel your body." But also can get a little boring. Here's 14 unique peanut butter sandwiches, like Elvis' favorite, Peanut Butter and Banana.

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17) Pistachios

Dr. Phil says: "You have to work a little to eat them, but it's so worth it." The idea here is not not eat them in a recipe, but rather as a snack food.

18) Raisins

Dr. Phil says: "(A study shows) eating raisins ... reduces hunger." And they can go in a peanut butter sandwich too!

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19) Nonfat yogurt

Dr. Phil says: "A nutritional all-star." And a healthy part of this complete breakfast.

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20) Rye

Dr. Phil says: "Has been show to increase the feeling of lasting fullness." Have a slice or two of this bread with dinner.

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*Foods that increase thermogenesis make you feel full longer.