Stock up on these weight loss superheroes.
The key to losing weight can’t be found in crash diets; it comes from a long-term adjustment to the way you think about food. The best weight loss superfoods provide a heaping helping of nutrients in a comparatively small amount of calories while also keeping you feeling full longer so you eat less. If you’re looking to shed pounds and keep them off, try these 17 superfoods to lose weight.
The right proteins will help fill you up without too much fat. Salmon is a much leaner choice than red meat and is filled with monounsaturated fatty acids that help promote weight loss. Try Delicious Blackened Sockeye Salmon, Herbed Salmon with Broccoli Bulgar Pilaf, or a Smoked Salmon, Feta and Avocado Salad.
Blueberries are truly nature’s candy. They taste great fresh or frozen and mix easily into smoothies and yogurt dishes. One cup of blueberries contains just 80 calories while serving up 4 grams of filling fiber. We bet you’ll love our Grilled Chicken and Blueberry Salad, Clean Eating Blueberry Pie, and Skinny Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes.
3. Brown rice
“But wait, rice is a carb!” Before you go cutting out all carbs, understand that brown rice is what’s known as a resistant starch, a type of healthy carb that kick-starts your metabolism and helps burn fat. One half cup of brown rice contains almost 2 grams of resistant starch. Be sure to try Slow Cooker Broccoli, Brown Rice, and Cheddar Casserole, Creamy Brown Rice, Apple, and Broccoli Salad, and Cajun Shrimp with Herbed Brown Rice.
This leafy green is packed with nutritional goodies like vitamins and antioxidants. It can be eaten raw in salads, cooked or steamed as a side and even added to smoothies. Spinach is a great way to add volume to your meals without adding calories.
Oatmeal–and oats in general—are packed with fiber, which fills you up and gives your body energy to burn throughout the day. Like brown rice, it’s a resistant starch, which means it helps burn more fat after eating. Here are 4 Healthy Reasons to Add Oats to Your Diet.
Grapefruit helps to lower the body’s levels of insulin, a hormone that promotes fat storage. Studies have shown adding grapefruit to your diet—even if you change nothing else—can help you lose as much as a pound a week. Add an Avocado and Grapefruit Salad to this week’s meal plan.
Drinking vino can promote weight loss, but read on before you go pouring that second glass. When it comes to your choice of alcohol, wine has been shown to be a better option than liquor for maintaining a healthy weight. The key is moderation; one glass of red per day will give you a healthy dose of reservatol, an antioxidant that stops fat storage.
This cruciferous vegetable weighs in at less than 30 calories per serving, and it’s rich in fiber that will fill you up. Munch on broccoli raw or cooked and you’ll also reap the benefits of its cancer fighting properties. Skinny Ms. has dozens of Delicious Broccoli Recipes to choose from!