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10 Best Foods for Losing Weight

by
author image Ripa Ajmera
Ripa Ajmera has been writing for six years. She has written for ABCNews.com, General Nutrition Center (GNC), TCW Finance, Alliance for a New Humanity, Washington Square News and more. She was a Catherine B. Reynolds Scholar from 2006-2008 and graduated from New York University Stern School of Business with an Honors degree in Marketing.
10 Best Foods for Losing Weight
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Overview

There are certain foods you can eat to help you lose weight. That is because these foods help you feel more satiated (full) than others and thus help you to eat less during the course of a day. The following list of 10 best foods for helping you lose weight also have the added benefit of containing vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are good for your health.

Apples

Apples help you lose weight because of the high water content they have. Apples also have both soluble and insoluble fiber, which helps prevent your blood sugar from increasing dramatically. These blood sugar spikes are what cause cravings. Apples also contain quercetin, a nutrient that helps protect you from certain kinds of cancer, reduces damage caused by cholesterol and promotes healthy lungs.

Eggs

Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Eating protein helps you to feel full for longer. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition discovered that when people ate two eggs for breakfast, they consumed 400 fewer calories than when they ate bagels.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, which is a cancer-fighting nutrient. It also contains folate and vitamin C, which can be helpful for weight loss. Eating foods with more vitamin C help you burn more fat during physical exercise.

Low-fat Yogurt

Calcium and other nutrients found in low-fat dairy products slow down the process of creating fat. They also increase your ability to burn fat, especially around your stomach.

Oatmeal

The University of California, Berkeley researchers discovered that eating breakfast can make you thinner. Their study found that those who ate oatmeal (or other cooked cereals) had a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who ate other types of breakfast foods.

Peanuts

Purdue University researchers found that the particular combination of protein, fat and the other components of peanuts make it filling. The researchers found that people who ate peanuts consumed less over the course of a day.

Soup

Adding water into a food makes it more filling than just drinking water separately. The water in soup thus helps you feel fuller without giving you extra calories.

Fish

The Australian Satiety Index ranks ling fish as the most filling food out of 38 common foods. Though the exact reason for why fish is so filling is unknown, Karolinska Institute researchers in Sweden think it could be due to the strong flavor of fish, which helps you feel fuller faster.

Bulgur

Bulgur is a form of whole wheat. It contains a large amount of fiber, which helps prevent your blood sugar from rising rapidly and speeds up your digestive process.

Salad

Salads can help you lose weight because you can eat fresh vegetables, beans, lean protein and fats from them all at once. All the ingredients of salad can help you lose weight independently, but when eaten together these foods are even more potent in helping you do so.

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