5 Foods to Help You Lose Weight


The right foods can fill you up in a healthy way.

If weight loss is on your mind, you may be thinking about what foods to eliminate from your diet. Don’t stop there. Knowing what to eat is just as important.

Add these five whole foods into your balanced diet as part of your weight loss strategy:

1. Broccoli: Eating a variety of fresh vegetables is important, but broccoli is especially helpful since it’s so high in fiber. Just one serving packs in almost 4 grams of fiber, which will help fill you up on fewer calories.

2. Sweet potatoes/yams: Swapping out a traditional starch, like rice, for a sweet potato at a meal will not only save you calories but also give you more than 300 percent of your daily recommended amount of vitamin A. Sweet potatoes also contain fiber, which will keep you fuller longer.

3. Plain Greek yogurt: Low- or non-fat plain Greek yogurt is a good, inexpensive source of protein, which is an important part of a weight loss diet.

4. Apples: High in fiber and other important nutrients, apples also have one of the lowest glycemic loads among fruit. This means that they will have less effect on your blood sugar and insulin, and are less likely to cause excess fat storage.

5. Salmon: Loaded with healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, salmon is not only good for your heart, but it can also help keep you satiated long after mealtime. The 17 grams of protein in each 3-ounce serving of salmon will also help to boost the building of lean muscle.

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Review Date: December 18, 2015
Reviewed By: Nora Minni, RD, CDN
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