Remember, eating right and remaining active are the key ingredients for losing weight; read on for our common-sense weight loss foods.
Black beans are a great source of low-fat protein A wonderful addition to any diet, legumes provide a combination of protein and fiber, two staples known for filling you up and keeping you feeling full longer. Low in fat, high in iron and zinc, black beans are delicious in pasta salad, sautéed with garlic or mixed with salsa and tossed on top of baked potatoes.
Nuts provide heart-healthy fats. Dieters tend to run from eating nuts because they're high in calories and fat, but small amounts (one to two ounces a few times per week) can actually help you drop pounds. Full of heart-healthy monosaturated fats, nuts not only fill you up but they can enliven any healthy meal. Toss half a cup of pine nuts onto your salad or sprinkle toasted almond flakes onto grilled fish and chicken.
Fortified cereal gives you vitamins and minerals Besides provides lots of fiber, one cup of fortified cereal per day can cover any gaps in your daily intake of vitamins and minerals. Not only does it boost your levels of calcium, iron, folic acid and vitamin B, but tossing low-cal, low-sugar cereal in a bag with some berries or dried fruit makes a great mid-morning snack or afternoon treat.
Melon makes for sweet snacking From watermelon to honey dew, melon is full of water (keeping it low in calories) and chock full of vitamins A and C and potassium. A great addition to any meal, melon is a handy choice for snacks and can even be 'spruced up' with a drizzle of syrup or scoop of sorbet for dessert. Make chilled melon soup, keep cut-up cubes in the fridge or blend for a Melon Slushie.
Yogurt and soy milk give you calcium. Studies prove that calcium helps you lose weight; dieters who ate three servings of yogurt per day (1,100 milligrams of calcium) for 12 weeks lost 22 percent more weight and 61 percent more fat than those who received only 500 milligrams. Use soy milk on your cereal, reach for low-fat and fat-free yogurt and try plain yogurt, which tastes like sour cream, on vegetarian chilli and in your fajitas.
Broth based soups are key weight loss foods No matter if you're whipping up something at home or heading out to dinner, broth based soups can really take the edge off your hunger, helping you lose weight. Low in fat, carbs and calories, soups made with vegetable or chicken broth are full of flavor and more importantly, just one bowlful will help fill you up.
Wheat germ supplies fiber Wheat germ may sound scary, but it's just flakes from the unprocessed kernels of wheat. A terrific source of fiber, iron, magnesium, minerals and folic acid, wheat germ can be purchased 'toasted' for a nuttier flavor. Add to yogurt or sprinkle in a smoothie.