7 Foods You Should Eat If You Are Trying to Lose Weight
South Beach Diet? Atkins? The Mediterranean Diet? When researching different weight loss methods, it can be overwhelming to the point of throwing up one hand and using the other to reach for a donut. However, when trying to figure out which route to go, no matter which diet I read up on, there were seven healthy foods that made a recurring appearance.
According to the Chicago Tribune, lean meat is one of the best foods for weight loss. High in protein and low in fat, lean meat like turkey can help you maintain muscle and curb your appetite. Chicken and seafood are also great sources of lean meat. If red meat is more your style, watch your cut and aim for grass-fed beef only. Grass-fed beef is naturally lower in calories than its conventional counterpart.
Another recurring theme during my research was yogurt. This smooth and creamy dairy concoction boasts a few benefits. In fact, according to the Nurses Health Study referred to in Forbes, yogurt ranked the highest of all foods tied to weight loss. Scientists think this may be linked with the way yogurt helps with healthy gut flora. It is also high in protein as well as calcium. Be sure to choose a yogurt that is low in overall sugar content and higher in protein.
This is a health food I can personally attest to. Eggs are so versatile and satiate hunger like nobody’s business. High in protein and nutrient dense, they are full of healthy fats and aid in increased feelings of fullness, which can be beneficial for a low calorie or calorie restricted diet. Eggs are also a low calorie food, so you can eat plenty of them without making a big dent in your allowed calories for the day. Because of the high protein content, you will be surprised at how few eggs it takes to make you feel full!
Though avocados are high in calories and fat, they are often referred to as a superfood and for good reason. Avocados are high in potassium, which aids in reducing blood pressure. Avocados are also high in soluble fiber, which leads to feeling fuller for longer periods of time and healthy gut bacteria. Avocados can be used as a substitute in many things, the best of which is a replacement for mayonnaise.
The benefits of leafy greens are tenfold. Hungry because you are on a calorie restricted diet? Break out the spinach and the kale and go crazy! Leafy greens are a great way to up your volume without adding unnecessary calories to your diet. Low in carbs and high in many essential vitamins, upping your intake of this vegetable will lead to many improvements, weight loss included. Whether you steam, saute or have a salad, all will put on you the right track for weight loss.
Beans and other legumes are surprisingly high in protein. They also boast high fiber, which can help with satiety and regular bowel movements. It is important to watch your intake of beans or legumes if you are on a low carb diet, as most beans have a significant amount of carbohydrates. However, eaten in moderation they can and will assist with weight loss.
Hate it or love it, cottage cheese is one of the best healthy foods for weight loss. Cottage cheese is super high in protein per serving, makes you feel fuller longer, and stabilizes blood sugar levels, which in turn helps reduce cravings. Cottage cheese is versatile and many enjoy cottage cheese with added fruit or savory spices.
Choosing these seven healthy foods on a regular basis will help with weight loss and your overall energy levels. It can be tough to eat healthy or choose a diet when there are so many options out there, but adding these foods to your diet will help you make small changes over time to maintain your weight.