They're filled with fiber and plant-based protein, as well as immune-boosting antioxidants and bloat-busting minerals. Chickpeas easily go in soups, stews, salads, and side dishes. Plus, chickpea flour is a great baking alternative for a more nutrient-dense and filling end result.
Ever chow on celery because you heard digesting it burns more calories than the flavorless food contains? Well, it turns out the idea of "negative calorie" food is completely bogus. But there are other reasons the crunchy stalks can support a weight loss journey. "Celery offers much more than just low-calorie contents," says Richards. For starters, it contains a great deal of inflammation-lowering antioxidants that can help fight damaging free radicals, which are thought to contribute to chronic conditions and cancer, she says.
"Celery also contains a compound called "apiuman," which has been shown to support gastrointestinal health," according to Richards. "When the gut is healthy, your metabolism can work more efficiently to aid in weight loss," she says. Goodbye constipation-induced weight gain!
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber, potassium and phytochemicals. People who eat avocados tend to have lower BMI, body weight and waist circumference than people who skip this green superfood, per a study in Nutrition Journal. While avocados are higher in calories than other fruits and vegetables, their satisfying fat and fiber combo may help you slim down. Add some to your salad, sandwich or taco night for a burst of creaminess and flavor.
An apple a day keeps the . . . weight gain away? It's true. The how is two-fold. Richards explains: "Apples are rich in antioxidants that help rid the body of toxins that can contribute to inflammation in the body and unwanted weight gain."
And they contain a ton of fiber, she says. One apple contains upward of 5 grams of fiber, which makes them more filling compared to snacks of similar calorie contents. It's simple: eat an apple, feel fuller, snack less throughout the day. Richards adds: "The fiber also helps keep the gut microbiome healthy and balanced—an essential component of good metabolism."
A cup of peas packs 8 grams of protein and tons of key bloat-reducing nutrients. It's got nearly all of what you need daily for vitamin C, plus magnesium, potassium, and iron — all of which aid in counterbalancing sodium and bringing oxygen to blood cells.
Eggs are rich in high-quality protein, fats and essential nutrients, like vitamin D and choline. It's the protein, and the time of day we tend to eat them, that especially makes them a powerhouse for weight loss. Eating a high-protein breakfast promotes weight loss, because protein increases satiety while regulating hunger and appetite hormones, helping fend off your hunger until lunchtime. One study found that eating eggs for breakfast left people feeling more satisfied than those who had bagels-which helped them eat less throughout the day.
It doesn't get any better than the healthy fats in this fish when it comes to hearty protein, alongside salmon and sardines. They're filled with omega-3s and lean protein, helping you fill up at mealtime and dodge sneaky snack attacks later in the day or night.
Another way to pack your eating plan with a probiotic punch? Snacking on sauerkraut. That's right, due to the fermentation process it undergoes, the beloved Weiner topping has some legit health benefits. Mainly: it's good for your gut. Adding the pro-bacteria food to your diet can support weight loss in the long term, says Richards.
Don't like kraut? Nosh on kefir, kimchi, miso, or yogurt instead.
The polyunsaturated fatty acids plus minerals in salmon make it an ideal dinner choice. The vitamin D found in each fillet has been previously linked in research illustrating that it may assist in weight management in overweight individuals. You'll also get 25% of your daily vitamin B6, which can help with mood and stress regulation.
All beans are high in fiber, which is your friend when you're trying to lose weight because it helps you feel fuller longer, thus controlling hunger. Eating beans and legumes has also been linked with various other health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, reducing LDL cholesterol and reducing risk of cardiovascular disease. Beans are fairly low in calories and deliver protein as well. Try them in homemade veggie burgers, soups and salads.
Believe it or not, air-fried potatoes (yes, really!) are an excellent source of potassium, which can help manage bloating and counterbalance sodium. They're high in fiber as well, meaning potatoes can be a nutrient-dense food — just as long as they're not served the french-fry way.