5 (Surprising) Foods That Help You Lose Weight

December 23, 2011 · 3 comments

This is a guest post by Jaime A. Heidel.

If you’re struggling to keep the weight off despite numerous diets, it may be the diet food you’re eating. Processed “diet” foods are actually loaded with artificial sweeteners and preservatives that may push you further from your weight-loss goals. Read about these 5 surprising foods that actually help you lose weight.

Eggs

When it comes to foods for weight loss, a nice cheesy omelet may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, eggs, when prepared the right way, are a great way to get a protein punch that keeps you full all morning long. Scrambled, hard-boiled or poached, two medium eggs will give your body the extra fuel it needs to resist those mid-morning trips to the vending machine.

String Cheese

String cheese is another food you might not expect to find on this list but it’s actually a weight-loss friendly snack. A couple of sticks of string cheese along with some hot sauce (cayenne pepper is a weight-loss friendly spice) is a great way to stabilize your blood sugar when cravings strike. Regulated blood sugar means fewer cravings and more rapid weight loss.

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is a fermented food ideal for weight loss because it speeds up your metabolism and improves your digestion. Serve some up on a hot dog or alongside a sandwich on your next lunch break. A boosted metabolism means more calories burned during your work-outs!

Potatoes

If you think all carbs are bad, you’re not alone. The truth is carbs in moderation are ideal for weight-loss. Potatoes are packed with fiber, protein and potassium that will fill you up for less than 300 calories. Top it with butter and broccoli and you’ve got a light, healthy meal!

Beans

Beans aren’t only heart-healthy they’re a good protein choice for those looking to lose a few extra pounds. Loaded with fiber and antioxidants, these delicious dietary gems are a great way to slim down. With beans, you have a lot of variety. Choose black, red, white, navy, pinto, kidney, etc. Serve them as a main dish, a side or in home-made chili or soup.

When it comes to reaching your weight-loss goals, whole food is best. Avoid processed snack and “diet” foods that only add inches to your waist-line. These foods can improve your digestion, stabilize your blood sugar and keep you full so you won’t feel deprived. Losing weight the healthy way is one of the first steps to healing naturally in an unnatural world.

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linda December 28, 2011 at 6:37 am

Eggs and string cheese cause heart disease, high cholesterol and like all other meat and dairy products are linked to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers, diabetes etc, etc, etc. I would think very seriously before taking any advice from this post on losing weight.

Tony - Coach Calorie January 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm

In reply to the first commenter – studies have actually shown that dietary cholesterol is not linked to blood cholesterol levels. Cholesterol forms as a result of inflammation of the arteries from high blood sugar and the resulting insulin response from eating processed foods.

Eggs are a great food packed with healthy essential fats, protein, vitamins, and cholesterol – which is the building block for testosterone.

Good list

julie January 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Eggs, beans, potatoes, yum! I eat all of these a lot, and consider myself mostly in easy maintenance. String cheese is too salty, but I like cottage cheese. Likewise, I detest saurkraut, but like kimchi. Weight loss and maintenance have been much easier this time, now that I no longer strive for low-fat, though I still realize that fat has calories, and eat accordingly.

Beans are awesome!

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