8 Superfoods to Help You Lose Weight - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on January 02, 2015

8 Superfoods to Help You Lose Weight

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While it’s true that eating cheeseburgers and fries day after day won’t help you shed a pound, there are some foods that can actually help you lose weight. That’s right, it is possible.

Certain nutrients found in a variety of foods can help you feel full for a longer period of time, reduce cravings, and even boost your metabolism—all factors that contribute to weight loss. It also doesn’t hurt that many of these so-called superfoods contain other vitamins and minerals that help keep your body healthy overall. That’s a pretty good bonus.

Here are some superfoods to stock up on:

1. Legumes

Beans and lentils are great sources of protein and fiber, a type of carbohydrate that takes a long time for the body to digest. This means you’ll be less inclined to eat more later, since you’ll feel fuller longer.

2. Whole grains

Brown rice, oats, and quinoa are all packed with fiber and protein, so they’ll definitely help curb your appetite.

3. Eggs

These are packed with tons of protein, which is great way for satiating those hunger pains—especially if you have them for breakfast. One study discovered that overweight women who had eggs for breakfast lost twice as much weight as those who had a bagel instead. For those worried about cholesterol, stick with egg whites.

4. Nuts

Almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans and even pine nuts are particularly good for those trying to lose weight. If you’re concerned about their fat content, don’t fret—these are packed with the healthy kind of unsaturated fats that can actually help with weight loss. One study actually found that people who followed a low calorie diet and consumed a serving of almonds a day lost more weight than those who ate carb-loaded snacks such as crackers.

5 & 6. Apples and Bananas

Raw fruits such as apples and bananas are packed with fiber. Avoid applesauce or fruit juices for your fix—you need the real thing to reap the healthy benefits.

7. Green Tea

If you’re tired of drinking water to fill yourself up during meals, opt for green tea—it has tons of antioxidants to help you burn fat and calories throughout the day. Just try to avoid adding tons of sugar, which can quickly turn this slimming drink into a fattening one.

8. Salmon

This fatty fish is packed with protein, meaning you’ll feel full without sacrificing your diet. While meat also contains tons of protein, salmon is a leaner option.

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