Regular exercise is great for building muscle and losing fat, but if you want to see real weight-loss results, what you eat matters. But dropping pounds isn’t about depriving yourself — it’s about choosing the right foods that satisfy without the calories. Revamping your diet is an important place to begin if you want to lose weight. For a clean start, add these 25 foods to your rotation.
Broth-based soups are a healthy eater’s best friend; they fill you up, are relatively convenient, and are low in calories. Look for a low-sodium, BPA-free can, or make a big pot of these healthy soups to eat throughout the week.
Go ahead, eat the whole egg — those yolks are full of nutrients. In addition, eating eggs at breakfast (or anytime!) can add much-needed protein to your meal. The result? You feel fuller for longer.
Fight fat with fat: avocados are high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which can help diminish belly fat. Throw some slices on your morning toast, or try one of these healthy avocado lunch recipes.
They may be full of carbs, but potatoes aren’t the enemy. A 2008 study found that potatoes are the food that helped people feel the most satisfied. The skin of a potato is full of fiber and the starch doesn’t have a ton of calories, meaning potatoes can be part of your diet — just make sure you eat the skin and hold the melted butter, sour cream, and bacon bits!
A simple, homemade salsa is full of fresh ingredients as well as flavor. You can add the condiment to salads or as a topping on lean meats like fish or chicken for a satisfying meal without high-calorie condiments.
Keep hummus in your fridge, and you’ll never have to opt for an unhealthy snack again. You can smear the protein-packed condiment on raw veggies, serve it atop salad greens, or use it in place of mayo on a sandwich — saving tons of calories in the process. Buy a tub, or make your own with these creative hummus recipes.
Fish like salmon are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for a myriad of reasons, including lower blood pressure and a healthier heart. But omega-3s may also help reduce inflammation in your body, which can help you recover faster after a long workout to build more metabolism-boosting muscles in the long run. That and salmon’s high protein content make it an excellent choice for a weight-loss-worthy dinner.
Like apples, pears are high in the fiber pectin, which has been shown to help suppress appetite. Grab a pear (skin on) when you’re feeling peckish to curb your cravings for vending machine fare.
Even just a small amount of cinnamon has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels, curb cravings, and boost metabolism, so sprinkle some in your morning coffee or smoothie for a little boost.
Sipping green tea throughout the day is a great way to boost your metabolism and suppress your appetite while also hydrating you to keep your body in tip-top shape.