Eat This, Not That: 20+ Best Weight Loss Foods

Published on 12/29/2014
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With so many quick weight loss programs and weight loss tips around, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start when it comes to eating healthy and losing weight. With that being said, natural weight loss is best and honestly, you don’t need to fork out tons of dough to get to where you want to be. Whip out your grocery list and take notes, because you’re going to want to buy these fresh, healthy, and tasty weight loss foods. Bon Appétit!

Yogurt

Yogurt is full of probiotics, a particular type of bacteria that may help limit the amount of fat that your body absorbs. Make sure to choose a yogurt that says “live active cultures” on the container. Probiotics are good bacteria that helps get rid of the bad stuff in your intestinal tract. The amino acids in yogurt help burn fat while the calcium tells your fat cells to get rid of cortisol, which is a hormone that may cause belly fat to increase.

Yogurt

Yogurt

Apples

Apples are truly a super food. They provide the body with fiber that will help you feel fuller longer and will therefore fight cravings and help with weight loss. Make sure to eat the apple and not applesauce or juices. Chewing crunchy foods is always better for losing weight. Chewing will send a signal to your brain that you’re actually eating something solid. This helps your body to feel full faster.

Apples

Apples

Berries

YAS. Berries are incredible to help you achieve your weight loss goals. They are filled to the brim with antioxidants and fiber, additionally they’re super low in calories. Just add a handful into a healthy smoothy or even sprinkle some over your breakfast cereal. Delicious and healthy, the ultimate combo.

Berries

Chili

If you love spicy foods then you’ll love this fact. Just by adding chili to your diet, you’ll boost your metabolism meaning you’ll burn fat faster. Win-win right there, folks. A single chili pepper contains a full day’s supply of beta carotene (also great for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails) and twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.

Chili

Eggs

Eating foods high in protein is a great way to burn fat, and especially those types of proteins found in eggs. Protein in egg yolks can stimulate the release of a hormone called glucagon. This hormone can help burn fat, in particular belly fat. Some studies have even found that people who eat eggs don’t have any higher cholesterol than those who ate bagels regularly.

Eggs

Eggs

Salsa

Salsa is technically several foods mixed together but it can aid in weight loss in so many ways that it’s worth mentioning. The primary ingredients in most salsas include tomatoes, onions, and some type of peppers. Each of these veggies is loaded with a variety of nutrients and are great for losing weight. Salsa is also water based, which is healthy and keeps you full.

Salsa

Salsa

Black Beans

Black beans are full of protein and fiber, keeping you from getting hungry too soon after eating. They will also help keep your digestive system healthy and working efficiently while achieving weight loss. Because of the dark color, black beans contain what is called flavonoids. Some research suggests that flavonoids help reduce stomach fat.

Black Beans

Black Beans

Grapefruit

Eating grapefruit is not a new concept. Many of the “lose weight programs” through the years have contained grapefruit as one of the prime foods to be eaten. But the reason why is that it works! Grapefruit is almost 90 percent water, meaning it helps you feel full quicker. Grapefruit can also help lower insulin, which increases fat storage in our bodies.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit

Lettuce

Lettuce has gotten a bad rap in recent years with some claiming that there aren’t many nutrients in lettuce. But that all depends on what type of lettuce you choose. There are several different types of lettuce that can be used in a variety of ways. Romaine lettuce provides vitamin B, Manganese, and folic acid. Generally, dark green and purple lettuce will provide the highest level of nutrients. This means you can eat a lot of lettuce, stock up on a lot of nutrients and still not gain weight. Lettuce is also the type of food that goes well with a lot of other foods. Not only great as a salad, lettuce goes with fruit, cottage cheese, chicken, beef, and even peanut butter.

Lettuce

Lettuce

Quinoa

Several years ago many people hadn’t even heard of quinoa, now it’s a great way to lose weight easy. Quinoa is low calorie and full of nutrients. One serving of cooked quinoa is around 180 calories. It has a low glycemic index which means it won’t spike blood sugar. Quinoa is full of protein, magnesium, zinc, and iron.

Quinoa

Quinoa

Cranberry Juice

Take a swig of cranberry juice first thing in the morning and get on track with your weight loss. The bitter drink is filled with vitamin C and has high diuretic properties, which pretty much means that it encourages your own body to get rid of excess fluids when you go potty.

Cranberry-Juice

Dark Chocolate

When asking, “How can I lose weight?” don’t forget to include dark chocolate! Taking a few bites of this delicious treat every now and then can help slow the digestive process and keep you feeling full for longer periods of time. Dark chocolate contains less added sugar than other types of chocolate and has healthy fats that can help keep metabolism up. It can also help curb cravings for other sweets that may not be as healthy. Some Swiss scientists have even found that dark chocolate can limit the metabolic effects of being stressed. YUM!

Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

Almonds

Why yes, almonds are packed full of skin-boosting vitamin E and protein, PLUS their high fiber content helps you feel full more. In fact, a team of researchers at Purdue University in 2007 reported that even though almonds are relatively high in calories, they don’t contribute to belly fat!

Almonds

Cinnamon

Looking to finally get those washboard abs like Ryan Reynolds? Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and you’re halfway there. This spice can help regulate high blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin production. Some evidence also suggests that cinnamon extract makes fat cells more responsive to insulin, meaning they’re less likely to hold on to excess energy, but instead are far more likely to burn existing fat stores instead. I’m sold.

Cinnamon

Oats

It’s hard to believe that oats can help you with weight loss when they’re super filling but the thing is, having a small bowl first thing is the morning is crucial to your weight loss goals. Oats release slow, natural energy throughout the day so you’ll feel full as the minutes and hours tick by.

Oats

Oats

Bananas

Contrary to popular belief, bananas actually help with weight loss NOT gain. Bananas will provide your body with skin healing zinc, energy and filling fiber, moreover, they’ll help relieve water retention as it’s full of potassium.

Bananas

Olive Oil

The poly unsaturated fats found in olive oil can actually help to prevent hunger pains, a total bonus really. In fact, olive oil itself contains oleic acid, which helps to breakdown excess fats in the body! Sounds pretty darn good to us.

Olive Oil

Peppermint

Peppermint can do more than help clear up your face – it also has healing and calming digestive properties, so you can easily lose the weight you need to.

Peppermint

Kelp

Kelp has insanely high levels of iodine, which helps create the thyroid hormones in your body which regulate the rate of what your body burns fat. Need we say more? Didn’t think so.

Kelp

Asparagus

Hold up – asparagus are not just delicious, full of antioxidants, but they can ALSO help you lose weight? I’m sold. Asparagus are jam packed with vitamins A, B-complex, C and E, and also contain high levels of skin-clearing zinc and potassium, which can help with the removal of excess fluids from the body.

Asparagus

Leafy Greens

If you’re looking for quick weight loss options then you need to add some leafy green vegetables to each meal! Come on, it’s not that bad. Choose from kale, romaine lettuce or spinach, whatever you fancy as those options are exceedingly low in calories, fiber filler, and have tons of vitamins which help ease water retention. Perfect.

Leafy-Greens

Garlic

The only downfall of adding garlic to your diet is stinky breath but hey, that’s one hit we’re willing to take to get on our weight loss journey. Garlic is filled with toxin-battling and allicin. Once digested, allicin reacts with the blood to kill off many harmful bacteria and viruses that your body may hosting. Ergo, having a healthy stomach means you’re a step closer to losing weight.

Garlic

Green Tea

If you don’t like green tea then it’s time to change your mind. This brew helps flush out excess fluids and calms bloating. Additionally, it can help speed up the metabolism so that rapid weight loss isn’t so far fetched after all.

Green-Tea

Apple Cider Vinegar

Be sure to add a few capfuls of apple cider vinegar to your meals, morning, noon, and evening. It also acts as a digestive tonic, which helps get rid of harmful bacteria in the intestines, flushes out toxins, and also relieves water retention around the stomach.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Cabbage

Eating cabbage for rapid weight loss was made famous back when the cabbage soup diet was first being promoted. It’s not necessary, however, to mix cabbage with a lot of other items and make it into a soup to receive the benefits of eating this healthy vegetable. Cabbage is one of those foods that supposedly takes more energy to digest than the calories taken in. Whether that’s true or not, there are many great reasons to eat cabbage. It’s high in antioxidants, including vitamin C. It’s also high in fiber to keep you staying full for longer periods of time. Cabbage also contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, and vitamin K.

Cabbage

Cabbage

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are next on the list as they are able to reduce inflammation and water retention in the body, along with reversing leptin resistance. Basically, Leptin is a kind of protein which helps with regulating metabolic rate and appetite, so that our bodies can shed those extra unwanted pounds. Rapid weight loss made easy, ladies and gents.

Tomatoes

Watercress

Watercress (whatever that is) is full of nutrients like vitamin B1, B2, B6, C and E, including minerals manganese, carotene and potassium. It’s also filled with iodine, which low-and-behold helps to boost your metabolism!

Watercress

Fennel

This veg is packed full of vitamin C, potassium, and manganese and has been used as a remedy for digestive problems for decades upon decades. Fennel has a high dietary fiber content, it also promotes healthy digestion, reducing of swelling in the body, flushing out toxins and excess fluids. Get this, fennel tea can help to fight those hunger pangs!

Fennel

Cucumbers

Cucumbers are a natural diuretic, meaning that upon consumption, it helps to ease water retention and bloating in the body. Score. Sounds like a simpler option compared to those lose weight programs floating around.

Cucumber

Peaches

Who would have thought that peaches would end up on this list? Well it’s because they are great for restoring balance, especially for an upset or bloated stomach, due to the fact that they have both laxative and diuretic properties as part of their alkaline nature.

Peaches

Broccoli

One of the healthiest (30 calories per serving) and most beneficial (fiber filled/an excellent source of calcium) vegetables you can eat. Broccoli also has essential cancer-fighting compounds — as we said, superfood! While boiling or cooking broccoli in the microwave can lose the cancer-fighting ingredients, steaming broccoli is not only easier to digest but it also preserves these key additives.

Broccoli

Brown Rice

Brown rice is a great source of phytonutrients. Phytonutrients is related to decreased risks of diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. This oh-so healthy grain holds 1.7 grams of fat-burning resistant starch, is fiber filled, and has a low-calorie count, keeping you full throughout the day and feeling perfectly satisfied

Brown Rice

Carrots

Can’t bite that feeling of hunger? Here’s an idea: incorporate carrots into your daily diet. The extremely high water and fiber content of carrots can positively make you feel full, both during and after you eat them. The powerfully colored red-orange pigment in carrots is known as beta-carotene, which can help maintain a strong immune system and strong eyesight.

Carrots

Figs

Have a sweet tooth but want to eat something healthy? Lo and behold, the fig. Instead of eating sugar-coated (fattening) cookies/cakes/ice cream, indulge in some naturally-sweet fresh figs. Figs can slow the release of your bodies sugar intake due to their dense consistency and high fiber count. Add figs to any salad, top your whole-what pizza with crumbled feta, figs, and walnuts – yum!

Figs

Garbanzo Beans

Commonly known as chick peas, garbanzo beans contain a substantial amount of fiber, healthy fats, and protein. So essentially, eating garbanzo beans doesn’t only give your body the essential nutrients it needs, but it’s also very (very) filling. And for all you hummus lovers out there, keep indulging as garbanzo beans are the foundation of this creamy spread.

Garbanzo Beans

Kidney Beans

Similar to chickpeas, kidney beans (red beans) contain a nourishing amount of fiber per serving, 5 grams to be exact. Both your (overall) health and heart will thank you if you eat kidney beans, as this legume is full of omega-3’s and calcium. Not a fan of beans? Try adding them to a hearty bowl of chili.

Kidney Beans

Lemons

When life gives you lemons, clean with them, cook chicken, brighten your hair with them, make lemonade, and squeeze them right into a glass of water, adding an instant freshness. With no additional calories and super flavorful, lemons are pretty much the most ideal, beneficial, cheap, and resourceful ingredient.

Lemons

Raspberries

When in doubt add raspberries – well to your cereal or salad that is. Did you know that just ½ a cup of these bright and juicy berries provides 4 grams of fiber and 25% of your (daily) suggested amount of manganese and Vitamin C? Raspberries can also help decrease your risk of heart disease. Just looking at this picture my mouth is watering!

Raspberries

Salmon

Baked, raw, broiled, steamed, salmon is simply a delicious, healthy, and protein rich food. The fat in salmon, both mono-saturated and poly-saturated fatty acids, are not bad fat at all! In fact, eating these types of fats can help speed up weight loss and protect against heart disease. Salmon for dinner anyone?

Salmon

Sweet Potatoes

Hey, here’s the perfect side dish to serve with your salmon! Sweet potatoes are truly a beautiful vegetable (not talking about the actual appearance). Firstly, they can be prepared any which way – baked, fried, grilled, broiled – each way being equally scrumptious. And secondly, their natural benefits are uniquely their own: one baked sweet potato comprises calcium, potassium, iron, and has 438% of your (daily) recommended Vitamin A intake, and 37% Vitamin C.

Sweet Potatoes

Vinegar

Vinegar is a delicious, flavorful, and low-calorie sauce, commonly used as a salad dressing. A 2009 study showed that the acetic acid in vinegar can increase that “satisfied” feeling, prevent weight gain, and also prevent the accumulation of body fat. Drizzling vinegar over cooked or raw veggies is also superb.

Vinegar

Oranges

There’s a common theme amongst citrus fruits: a robust source of vitamins (specifically Vitamin C) and disease-fighting antioxidants. Similar to its cousin fruit, the lemon, oranges are fiber-generous and have a very low caloric count. We (highly) recommend to eat this orange ball of goodness whenever, wherever, and how ever (juice/dressings/smoothie/salad/as is) you can.

Oranges

Mustard

Turkey, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo – the basic ingredients of a signature deli sandwich. But, since we’re on the topic of weight loss, we recommend using mustard instead of mayo. Why? In just three small packets of mustard there are a whopping 3 calories! Say no more, mustard it is!

Mustard

Avocados

Adding an avocado to your lunch can significantly help fight against that 3:00 pm slump we all know and (don’t) love. Avocados are associated to improved eyesight, good heart health, and a reduced risk of certain cancers. The fats contained in an avocado are healthy fats (yes there is such a thing), providing your body with natural energy to fuel you all day long. There are countless ways to enjoy the green fruit (yes, it’s a fruit), but there is nothing like the infamous “Avocado Toast” — whole-wheat toast with mashed avocado, squeezed lemon juice, and sunflower seeds on top.

Avocados

Water

Water is the brilliant/clean/crisp result of mixing (2 parts) hydrogen and (1 part) oxygen. The positive benefits of drinking water are endless. Research shows that drinking two 8-ounce glasses of H20 before a meal can help you lose weight, stay slim, and reduce your portion sizes. Basically, the more water you drink, your body will feel healthier, stronger, and more energetic. Bottoms up!

Water

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