With all the trendy diets out there, it can be confusing to know what to eat when you’re trying to lose weight. Most of the diets you’ll find either don’t endorse these surprising 5 foods or ban them altogether. There’s research out there that proves otherwise, however. Here are the 5 foods you may not have known that can actually help you to lose weight.
Nuts are notoriously high in fat and contain a lot of calories for a small amount of food. These properties of nuts have made them taboo to dieters throughout history. However, studies suggest that eating nuts does not contribute to weight gain but may, in fact, help you lose weight. Nuts have a lot of protein and fiber, both of which help you feel more satisfied and full. And it’s not just weight loss that should make you reconsider nuts, it’s also heart health. People who eat nuts are less likely to have heart attacks or die from heart disease.
2. Dark chocolate
If you love chocolate but want to lose weight, there’s hope! Dark chocolate may not be as sweet and decadent as milk chocolate, but it will scratch the chocolate itch on a diet. In small quantities, it’s been shown to have a more lasting affect on appetite versus milk chocolate. In other words, if you eat a few squares of dark chocolate for desert, maybe you won’t be tempted to have that late-night snack.
Dairy is typically a bad idea on most popular diets, so why yogurt? A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who ate more yogurt gained less weight whereas those who ate more cheese and milk did not. One theory about why yogurt might promote weight loss is that the probiotics, or beneficial bacteria in it, help keep a healthy gut and elimination system. However, no studies that we know of have determined that yet.
You’re probably blinking at the screen to make sure you read that right. Bread? Yes, bread. But not just any bread: whole grain bread. Whole grains such as brown rice and barley in their less-processed forms are known as slow carbs. This means they’re digested more slowly than refined grains so they have a slower effect on blood sugar, which may keep hunger levels down. The same Harvard School of Public Health study cited earlier shows that people who ate more whole grains, fruit and vegetables gained less weight.
5. Beans and hummus
Like whole grains, beans are a complex or slow carbohydrate source and are high in fiber. They are also a great source of protein, so like nuts, they help you feel fuller for longer. This might contribute to less extra snacking and overeating, which leads to losing more weight over time.
Keep in mind that there is no quick fix or magic bullet that will make you effortlessly shed excess weight gain. Whether you eat these 5 foods every day or not, a disciplined lifestyle around food and exercise is necessary. Finding a healthy weight loss program with a certified weight loss counselor to work with can help. Medifast California Weight Loss Centers offers certified counselors and customized “blueprint” meal plans that fit your individual weight loss goals and body type. Having the right plan and someone to be accountable to who will encourage you to stay on track can make all the difference when losing weight and keeping it off.