Every day, 49% of Americans struggle to lose weight through a combination of restrictive eating, fad diets, and exercise. But the scarier part is that approximately 80% of diets fail to achieve their weight loss goal or maintain their desired weight loss for over a year. While fitness programs and limited portions are important, somewhere along the way, we forgot that if you want to lose weight, you should eat these foods.
When your body cannot burn the food off quickly, it soon becomes stored as fat. This creates a vicious cycle of dieting, which is then followed by the inevitable weight gain. Instead, you make nutrition choices that will support your long-term weight goals as opposed to quick-fix fail.
A great choice for both meat-eaters and vegetarians alike (sorry, vegans!), eggs deliver a complete source of protein and healthy fats that will provide you with enough energy and keep you feeling satisfied. Eggs aren’t just for breakfast; enjoy them any time of the day.
Versatile, accessible, and inexpensive, beans and legumes (such as chickpeas) can be eaten alone, added to a complex carbohydrate, or pureed into a dip. They enough contain fiber, protein, and starch to stave off hunger until your next meal (vegans can also rejoice!). Plus, they contain a lower glycemic index, which will help to stabilize your blood sugar.
Low-Fat Dairy Options
Some dairy products, like cheese and ice cream, are quite high in calories and fat. But by choosing low-fat dairy options such as cottage cheese or Greek yogurt, you can get a full serving of protein without the high-calories aspects found in other dairy products, such as added sugar.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Much has been noted about this condiment regarding its health benefits, with weight loss being top of the list. Consuming apple cider vinegar with your meals-such as creating a salad dressing-can help you to stay feeling full. You can also create healthy apple cider detox drinks that have been reported to help reduce spikes in blood sugar (which cause those ‘hangry’ feelings).
By choosing a puree or broth soup over a cream-based soup, you can receive all of the healthy nutrients that your body and also remain satisfied for quite some time. Soup can be filling, especially if it is filled with vegetables or lean protein sources like chicken. Choose soup as an appetizer so that you can curb your appetite when it comes to dessert!
While high in fat, nuts make an easy snack for when you are hungry in between meals. Nuts can help keep more destructive cravings away while still providing a satisfying crunch.