Is your diet bringing you down?
There’s no need to feel like you need to survive on salad to lose weight. There are plenty of other yummy, fulfilling options to round out your healthy meals and still help you knock off some pounds when combined with a regular exercise routine.
Although there are several foods with fat-fighting abilities, low calories, and nutrient richness, these ten are among the best for most people looking to drop a few pounds.
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Salmon is one of the most protein-rich foods you can eat, which is why people who eat mostly a plant-based diet often rely on the healthy fish to boost their protein intake. Salmon is also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and help get your metabolism moving in the right direction.
Avocados are a good source of healthy fats (yes, there is such a thing!) that can help reduce bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol levels in the body. Plus, they work perfectly in place of dressings and spreads, like mayo, that contain unhealthy fats and unnecessary calories.
Believe it or not, beef isn’t a heart-unhealthy food to eat, and steak might help you reach your weight loss goals. In fact, it can be incredibly nutritious and good for your heart, if you eat it in moderation. A small, 3-oz portion of steak is ripe with muscle-building protein, red blood cell-creating iron, and a low number of calories that won’t put you over your daily limit (granted that you’re careful about what you eat the rest of the day!).
Opt for lean cuts of steak, like top sirloin and bottom round, to cut the fat content but still give you that beefy flavor you love.
Fiber is essential for a good digestive system which, of course, can help you lose weight. Beans, like kidney beans and black beans, contain a lot of fiber to keep things moving and help you keep that full sensation longer, so you might be less likely to snack later.
Nuts are beneficial for weight loss for many of the same reasons as beans: They’re extremely rich in fiber, keep you feeling full, and they contain good, heart-healthy fats. They’re also an excellent source of protein, which is great news if you’re not a meat eater.
Just make sure you watch serving sizes and eat unsalted varieties because nuts can sometimes hide lots of calories and added sodium.
Chicken, generally, is one of the best meats you can consume when you’re trying to lose weight, but dark meat contains more fat than white meat. Breast meat is extremely lean and still contains an excellent amount of protein with very few calories per serving.
Try our marinated lemon herb chicken breasts to get some extra flavor without adding fatty sauces and a lot of extra calories.
Some fitness enthusiasts swear by eating at least one grapefruit a day to maintain a healthy weight. Although no research necessarily proves that grapefruit in itself can help you keep the pounds off, there is research that shows that eating grapefruit before meals might result in better weight loss results and more inches off the waistline.
Tuna, like salmon, is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids and low in calories and fat, making it a perfect option for people wanting to lose weight. Choose tuna in water over tuna in oil and use it for sandwiches or wraps, an addition to a salad, or mixed with some avocado and spread on whole wheat crackers.
Leafy Green Veggies
Beet greens, kale, and spinach are among the many leafy greens that are some of the healthiest foods you can consume in general, not just for weight loss. These nutrient-dense foods not only offer several of the vitamins and minerals you should take in daily, but they also are packed with fiber and have barely any calories.
If you simply can’t give up your pasta and bread, don’t; you can always eat them in moderation, and you don’t have to feel as bad about it if you switch to 100% whole wheat carbs. Make the switch with sandwich bread, tortillas, spaghetti noodles, rice, and any other carb-filled food you love.
Whole grains contain more fiber than refined grains, so they have more heart-healthy and metabolic benefits for you.
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