11 Healthy Foods for Weight Loss You Didn’t Know About!

The food you eat when trying to lose weight can have either a positive or adverse effect on your results. There are many healthy foods for weight loss that can be easily added into your diet. Not only are these foods healthy, but they are tasty, too. You do not have to let your taste buds suffer because of your goals.

Some of these foods are previously to have been thought to be unhealthy. However, with more research, we now know the truth. Tasty things can be good for you.

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1. Salmon

Salmon

This lean protein will help you feel fuller for longer. Salmon is a leaner option that other proteins such as red meat. Healthy fats called MUFAs are abundant in salmon, and will ensure that you get the nutrients that you need.

Speaking of nutrients, iodine is one that salmon has a lot of. Most people do not get the amount of iodine they require. Iodine helps your thyroid function.

If there is anyone to tell you that thyroid function is important, it is me. Because I have a thyroid disorder, it is super important to have enough iodine. Your thyroid controls way more than you would ever realize and is crucial to your metabolism.

Omega-3s are also helpful to help reduce inflammation that can play a role in metabolic disease and obesity. Other oily fishes such as trout, mackerel, herring, and sardines are also excellent for helping to lose weight.

2. Green Tea

Green Tea

Green Tea has loads of antioxidants and can contribute to a boost in your metabolism. The caffeine also helps your body to burn calories faster. Studies have shown that drinking 2 to 3 cups a day helps you to get enough catechins to lose weight.

Being less processed, green tea has more polyphenols, also known as catechins. Catechins help to at least slow down body fat as it accumulates. They also increase your body temperature to help fight off some more calories.

While drinking green tea daily seems like a right way to go, there may be an even better way to get all the benefits of it. You can buy green tea extract in pill form. By taking it this way, your body can immediately absorb as much as you need to lose weight.

These supplements can help with other things, also. My roommate takes them to help absorb L-Dopa supplements. They do work, at least in that respect.Most of the studies about green tea and were done with green tea extract. This shows that while effective, drinking green tea is less helpful. Drinking green tea might also not be good for you as an individual.

Caffeine may affect some people in a bad way. You will want to talk to your doctor before adding a daily dose of green tea. Also, consider the additions you put in your tea, such as sugar or milk. These will add more calories that need to be burned.

3. Almonds

Almonds

Almonds can be an add-in for a lot of yummy dishes. A handful is all you will need to satisfy your snack craving. High in calories, eating them in moderation is highly recommended. They will not help you lose weight if you are taking in too many calories.

With plenty of healthy fats, almonds and other types of nuts are filled with a variety of excellent nutrients. They can also help curb the carb cravings. Do not be afraid of the calories. Moderation is essential for success so you will have to be sure to practice it, or the calories will be too much.

You can add almonds to salads, roasts, and even use them in butter form. Almond butter made purely out of almonds is not only healthy but tasty. Spread a tablespoon on some toast, or whatever you prefer and enjoy!

4. Eggs

Eggs

Years ago, eggs were thought to be bad for weight loss. Now that they have been proven not to affect your blood cholesterol adversely, they are one of the best foods out there to help you lose weight. With high protein and tons of nutrients, eggs are low in calories, and this makes the perfect breakfast food. They help you feel full with less food, and that helps with food cravings.

You will need to be sure that your cooking method is healthy, too. Using oil or cheese will increase the calorie count. As long as you keep that in mind while preparing breakfast, you will be chowing down on this high protein meal.

Eggs are very versatile and can be cooked in a multitude of ways. Poached and hard boiled are not made with any extra ingredients besides water and are ideal ways to cook your eggs.

5. Pine Nuts

Pine Nuts

Pine nuts are the seeds of pine cones. When eaten, they release a hormone that suppresses appetite. The fatty acids from the pine nuts cause this to happen. It also slows down the absorption of food, allowing you to be full for longer.

Unlike ‘real’ nuts, pine nuts are low in calories. Not only do they help you lose weight, they help with energy level. Having enough energy to go out and exercise will benefit your weight loss immensely. There are many other things that pine nuts can help with, so adding them to your diet will totally be worth it.

6. Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is an indulgent snack that has many antioxidants. It also helps to slow down your digestion. Like salmon, it contains those helpful MUFAs that help burn calories and fats.

It does not do just that. It can help curb your cravings for fatty, sweet, or salty foods that do not diet friendly. The right amount can be just what you need to push your diet in the right direction.

The time at which you eat dark chocolate is important. Eating it 20 minutes before a meal and then 5 minutes afterward can curb your appetite up to 50 percent.

Too much chocolate, however, can have an adverse effect, overloading yourself on sugar and fat. A recommended portion is about the size of the tip of your thumb.

7. Wine

Wine

In moderation, wine can help you lose weight. Resveratrol is a substance that contributes to converting hard to burn ‘white fat’ into ‘beige fat’ that is much easier. By doing this, it slows down or stops the storage of fat. A glass or two before bed can burn off that fat while you sleep.

Alcohol is always best to consume in moderation. Drinking too much can cause you to gain weight. Stick to simple drinks like beer or wine, too. Mixed drinks and liquor do more damage than simpler drinks.

A rose’ or white wine is best when shopping for wine to help you lose weight. Red can be heavier and not do as well. Dark beer is also better for this since it leaves you feeling fuller than other types of drinks.

Moderation does not stop at the kind of alcohol you drink. Having one or two glasses or bottles is okay. Any more and you are pushing it. The weight loss effect will not be nearly as high if you drink heavily.

8. Bananas

Bananas

With a moderate amount of calories, bananas are a delicious fruit to help you lose weight. They are also good for your digestive health. The fiber rich banana works to slow down your metabolism.

This fruit has had a reputation for being high in carbohydrates. Since these carbohydrates have fiber, it helps the sugar be used instead of stored as fat. Another beneficial component of bananas is its low-energy-density.

Energy density is important because it gauges how much sugar is in something per each gram. Since low-density foods do not have the bulk, you can eat them and feel full for longer. Bananas are 75 percent water, making them an ideal low-energy-density food.

9. Broccoli

Broccoli

Cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli) are high in fiber which will help you feel full for a longer period of time. They also have protein, which is essential for metabolic function. Cancer-fighting nutrients are also abundant in these vegetables.

A cup of broccoli that has been cooked only has around 54 calories. With large serving sizes, you can get all that fiber and protein with very little calories. How is that for your diet plan?

Weight loss is even more successful when you have this vegetable for breakfast. It will fill you up and will not break your calorie limit. This is ideal when you need to track your calorie intake.

Broccoli is another low-energy-density food. When cooked, it is 98 percent water regarding weight. Pairing it with eggs or on top of a breakfast pizza will also keep your day interesting. It is not every day that you see this vegetable being consumed in the morning time.

10. Avocados

Avocados

Unlike other fruit, avocados are chock full of healthy fats. When it comes to fats, the ones you want to consume are monounsaturated. Eating foods with this fat is preferable to both carbohydrates and polyunsaturated fats. Moderation is key when dealing with these fatty foods.

Monounsaturated fats can help with insulin sensitivity. Along with glycemic control, insulin sensitivity is a major factor in developing diabetes and weight gain. Your body also utilizes monounsaturated fats as a slow burning energy source.

Omega-9 fats are ample in avocados. This fat can help to lower bad cholesterol and raise the good. They also contribute to the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants when consumed together.

Not only do they increase the ability to receive nutrition, but they also help you feel full for a long time. The healthy monounsaturated fats, protein levels, low carbohydrates, and high fiber content does wonders to make this craving curb happen.

11. Potatoes

Potatoes

Potatoes are high in carbohydrates. That fact is very well known. What is not as well-known is that they are super filling. They are also rich in fat-burning resistant starch.

Fat-free and low in calories, it is not that big of a surprise that they can help you lose weight. There are also numerous nutrients that potatoes provide, much like avocados. Whether the potato is sweet or white, this is the case regardless.

How you prepare potatoes is the crucial factor of potatoes’ health benefits. If you are eating fries and chips that have been processed and/or fried, you are consuming way more calories than you should be.

People have been known to live off of nothing but potatoes for extended periods of time. While this could be interesting, it is probably not ideal for losing weight. This just helps us know that potatoes are incredibly good for you.

Sweet potatoes are higher in fiber than white potatoes. Vitamins A, C, potassium, and B-6 are also richer in sweet potatoes. Regardless, both types of potatoes can help work wonders with your diet

By limiting your calorie intake, you allow yourself to have more freedom to add potatoes to your diet. They are highly satiable, able to make you feel fuller for much longer. This, of course, is imperative for weight loss. The fuller that you feel, the less you will want to snack or make unhealthy food decisions.


Conclusion

These foods will contribute to your weight loss goals. As long as you consume in moderation where necessary, that is. Losing weight can be a daunting task, but you can make it easier with these foods.

Make sure you are not just changing your diet. Your level of activity is also crucial to losing weight. Keeping up with your exercise will only help you to reach your goals.

There is enough variety that you will be able to keep things interesting. Combining some of these foods may also be tasty as well as healthy. I hope you enjoyed this weight loss list! Let me know what you think in the comments and share if you liked it!