Don't starve yourself in order to lose weight. The best way to shed some pounds is by mixing exercise with a healthy array of filling and nutrient-packed meals and snacks. These foods are tasty guilt-free options that will help you drop some weight.
Eating more apples can do more than keep the doctor away — it's also a great way to shed some pounds. Chomping on an apple before or with a meal is an awesome way to fill up on healthy nutrients and stop yourself from pigging out on guilty pleasures. Plus the antioxidants in apples have been shown to prevent some cases of excess belly fat.
It seems like this leafy veggie has been the word on every trendy dieter's mouth recently, and for good reason. Kale is an awesome sourse of fiber, calcium, and iron while also being low in calories. Plus you can include kale in almost any dish.
Oats are a great, filling food that is high in fiber. Eating oats with some fruit for breakfast is a great way to stay full into the afternoon. You can also replace the breadcrumbs in your meatloaf recipe with oats for a healthier but still tasty alternative.
Lentils are a miracle food for any dieter. Munching on lentils will help to prevent insulin spikes which cause your body to create excess fat. They are also filled with protein, so you can cut down on fatty meats for this more healthy alternative.
5. Goji Berries
These chewy berries are a must-have snack for anyone trying to lose weight. Snacking on these in the afternoon will keep you full until dinner, and the 18 amino acids provide an awesome source of protein. The real kicker, though, is that a tablespoon of Goji berries is only 35 calories.
Fish fats are great for keeping your heart healthy and also do wonders for weight loss. Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon can help build muscle and decrease belly fat. It's better to consume wild salmon, as it contains fewer pollutants.
7. Buckwheat Pasta
Instead of your usual pasta noodles, swap in this heartier variety. Buckwheat is high in fiber like most carbs, but unlike others it is also packed with protein. Due to this unique combination, it's more difficult to overeat buckwheat pasta than the regular stuff.
Blueberries are the best of the berries, which is already a very healthful food category. Packed with antioxidants and fiber, blueberries offer both great taste and rich nutrition. For a more filling and healthy start to your day, try filling your bowl with blueberries and sprinkle cereal on the top with some milk or yogurt.
9. Almond Butter
Dieters who miss fatty peanut butter will absolutely love this awesome alternative. Almond butter may lower the glycemic index of bread, making it's deleterious effect on blood sugar much more controlled.
10. Pomegranate Seeds
A great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without blowing your diet is by munching on the seeds of this healthy fruit. Pomegranate seeds forgo calories for antioxidants and fiber, making them a healthy and filling snack. You can either eat the seeds on their own or mix them into a salad.
This grain is one of the best foods there is for curbing hunger. A great alternative for rice, quinoa is packed with fiber and protein that will keep you satisfied for hours. And just like rice, it is a great addition to nearly any type of meal.
These fish may be tiny but they pack a huge wallop in terms of pound-shedding power. Sardines are high in protein and omega-3s to maintain muscles, and they're also low in mercury and calcium, which makes them a smart choice for pregnant women. Soaking sardines in milk for an hour is a sure way to get rid of the fishy taste if that's throwing you off.
Avocados have a high fat content, so why are they included on this list? Because the kind of fat they are filled with (monounsaturated fat) is heart-healthy and increases satiety. Avacado sanwiches and guacamole are great party foods for social dieters.