These Foods Will Help You Lose Weight!

I hate the word DIET!  It makes me want to rebel. Delicious foods that help you diet? It sounds too good to be true.No doubt: Weight loss comes down to simple math. You have to eat fewer calories than you burn.”Certain foods can help you shed body weight,” says Heather Mangieri, RD, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “because they help you feel full longer and help curb cravings.”Some even kick up your metabolism. So take this list when you go to the supermarket:

1. Beans

Inexpensive, filling, and versatile, beans are a great source of protein. Beans are also high in fiber and slow to digest. That means you feel full longer, which may stop you from eating more.

2. Soup

Start a meal with a cup of soup, and you may end up eating less. It doesn’t matter if the soup is chunky or pureed, as long as it’s broth-based. You want to keep the soup to 100 to 150 calories a serving. So skip the dollops of cream and butter.

3. Dark Chocolate

Want to enjoy chocolate between meals? Pick a square or two of dark over the milky version. In one study, chocolatelovers who were given dark chocolateate 15% less pizza a few hours later than those who had eaten milk chocolate.

4. Pureed Vegetables

You can add more veggies to your diet, enjoy your “cheat” foods, and cut back on the calories you’re eating, all at the same time. When Penn State researchers added pureed cauliflower and zucchini to mac and cheese, people seemed to like the dish just as much. But they ate 200 to 350 fewer calories. Those healthy vegetables added low-cal bulk to the tasty dish.

5. Eggs and Sausage

A protein-rich breakfast may help you resist snack attacks throughout the day.

In a study of a group of obese young women, those who started the day with 35 grams of protein — that’s probably way more than you’re eating — felt fuller right away. The women ate a 350-calorie breakfast that included eggs and a beef sausage patty. The effect of the high-protein breakfast seemed to last into the evening, when the women munched less on fatty, sugary goods than the women who had cereal for breakfast.

6. Nuts

For a great snack on the run, take a small handful of almonds, peanuts, walnuts, or pecans. Research shows that when people munch on nuts, they automatically eat less at later meals.

7. Apples

Skip the apple juice and the applesauce and opt instead for a crunchy apple. Whole fruit blunts appetite in a way that fruit juices and sauces don’t.

One reason is that raw fruit has more fiber. Plus, chewing sends signals to your brain that you’ve eaten something substantial.

Yogurt

Whether you prefer Greek or traditional, yogurt can be good for your waistline.

A Harvard study followed more than 120,000 people for a decade or longer. Yogurt, of all the foods that were tracked, was most closely linked to weight loss.

Grapefruit

Yes, grapefruit really can help you shed pounds, especially if you are at risk for diabetes.

Researchers at Scripps Clinic in San Diego found that when obese people ate half a grapefruit before each meal, they dropped an average of 3 ½ pounds over 12 weeks. Drinking grapefruit juice had the same results.

But grapefruit juice doesn’t have any proven “fat-burning” properties — it may just have helped people feel full.

Be careful: You cannot have grapefruit or grapefruit juice if you are on certain medications, so check the label on all your prescriptions, or ask your pharmacist or doctor.

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Kale

Nope, kale isn’t just a garnish folks! In fact, kale is one of the top ten superfoods that can help you achieve optimal health as well as turn your body into a fat burning furnace! And who doesn’t want that? Kale is filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help regulate your blood sugar and give your metabolism a boost. So instead of plain old lettuce, why not replace it with some healthy vibrant kale?

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are produced by a tree in South America and are packed full of protein, omega-3′s and a high selenium content. If you are looking to lose weight and build some lean muscle, Brazil nuts are considered an “all-inclusive” food that provides a wide variety of health benefits overall.

Avocado

Avocados are loaded with monosaturated fatty acids that are not only good for your heart but help stabilize the leptin in your blood stream which causes food cravings. Since avocado is filled with the healthy type of fat that prevents heart disease, you can eat them guilt-free and help slim your waistline and improve your overall health.

Broccoli

Nutritionists and fitness experts agree that you don’t just need meat protein in order to build lean muscle and burn fat. Broccoli rabe is the perfect addition to anyone’s diet as it is packed full of plant protein and can assist in burning extra calories through building lean muscle. Plus, it’s also really good for your overall health.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds started off as a hobby with the popular Chia Pets planters, but now they are a health food sensation providing you with a high dose of antioxidants, healthy fatty acid chains and fiber. Chia seeds expand and turn into a pudding-like consistency when wet and are often used in diets to help keep you full. Research has also found that chia seeds help promote fat burning and a fast metabolism.

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Wild Salmon

It’s important to note that we are mentioning WILD salmon, not farm-raised because wild is where the true nutrients are at. Salmon contains important omega-3 fatty acids and is also the perfect protein for building lean muscle which in turn results in constant calorie burning. Nutritionists agree that 2-3 servings of wild salmon per week can be optimal for your health.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the perfect addition to your daily diet to assist with fat burning and boosting your metabolism. Many bodybuilders and people pursuing weight loss add coconut oil into smoothies or just eat a spoon of it in the morning because the antioxidants and essential fatty acids help stimulate the metabolism and burn calories throughout the day.