When you’re trying to lose weight and burn calories, you have to be picky with what you put in your body. It’s important to stay away from high-fat, high-sugar, high-sodium foods. So, basically everything you like to eat.
It sounds like a huge undertaking, but it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds. In fact, your attitude towards weight loss will be completely transformed once you start eating more of these delicious foods.
You want to eat more foods that:
- Boost your metabolism
- Are nutrient dense (so you can stuff your face and not have to worry about calories)
- Are filling (to curb cravings throughout the day)
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” No saying is more true. Oh wait! There is a saying that’s more true: “Two apples a day keeps every health problem away.”
Because almonds have tons of healthy fats and protein, almonds make the perfect healthy snack.
Spinach is almost calorie-free, loaded with fiber and has a low energy density. It’s one of the most healthy foods on the planet because of its many nutritious qualities. Spinach contains niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.
With tons of antioxidants, anti-aging qualities, and very few calories, blueberries are one of the most nutritious breakfast foods. Try adding them to your oatmeal or making a delicious batch of blueberry muffins.
Avocado may just be the most perfect food on the planet. The beautiful, creamy fruit has tons of healthy fats, fiber and protein. It also can limit hunger throughout the day, making it the perfect food for weight loss.
6. GREEK YOGURT
7. ROLLED OATS
With lots of fiber, eating a bowl of oats for breakfast keeps you full throughout the morning.
8. GOJI BERRIES
Gogi berries are called a “superfood” for a reason! They’re loaded with beta carotene, giving you healthy skin and they boost your immune system.
Kale is very low in calories and high in fiber. It helps digestion has many nutrients, vitamins, and magnesium, making it the ultimate superfood. Kale may just be the most healthy food on the planet. So, stock up!
Grapefruits might just be the best food for weight loss. They lower insulin, fill you up because of their high water content and contain tons of vitamins and minerals.
You can’t possibly go wrong with bananas. The miraculous fruit fills you up and boosts your metabolism. Bananas are a great source of potassium, making them the perfect breakfast topping or smoothie thickener.
Flax seeds are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese and vitamin B1.
13. SWEET POTATOES
Sweet potatoes are very low calorie, less starchy than russet potatoes and super filling.
14. DARK CHOCOLATE & CACAO NIBS
Cacao nibs and dark chocolate have tons of antioxidants, satisfy dreaded cravings for sugary foods and help you feel fuller throughout the day.
15. UNSWEETENED ALMOND MILK
Don’t peel your pears. The skin holds most of the nutrients. With lots of fiber, vitamin B2, vitamin C and vitamin E, pears are a very nutritious fruit.
Lentils are protein packed and resistant starches, boosting your metabolism and burning fat.
What’s better than eggs for breakfast? They’re filled with protein, curb cravings, fill you up and lower cholesterol, making eggs a nutritious option for any meal.
Oranges are not only super low calorie , but also full of fiber, natural sugar and vitamin C.
20. BLACK BEANS
Black beans have 15g protein in 1 cup and lots of fiber for digestive health. You can eat them plain, in tacos or even use them as a baking substitute.
21. CHIA SEEDS
Chia seeds have tons of fiber, expand in your stomach and make you fuller longer. They make the perfect topping on smoothie bowls.
22. PEANUT BUTTER (or ALMOND BUTTER)
Yes, I said it! I am giving you the “go ahead” to eat peanut butter… in moderation! With lots of healthy fats and protein, peanut butter is not only the most delicious food on the planet, but it’s also very healthy.
Foods to Stay Away from when trying to lose weight
I know I don’t need to mention the obvious “no no” foods for weight loss, such as: candy, potato chips, (nearly all kinds of meat) and ice cream. Here are some other foods you should steer clear of when trying to lose weight:
- Cheese (Feta is acceptable because of it’s low-fat content.)
- Whole milk
- Peanut oil
- White flour
- White rice
- Nutella (try making your own)
- Sweets, like: cookies, donuts, scones & brownies (Try making your own)