When you’re trying to lose weight, it can be confusing as to what you should eat. Obviously, you want to eat whole, unprocessed foods, but are some better than others? Well, while we say to go for all of the clean eats (fruits, veggies, lean protein, healthy fats) that you love, research suggests that the below five foods are especially good for dropping the l-bs. Plus, they’re delicious. Bonus!
5 Foods for Weight-Loss
2. Hot peppers. One study showed that eating a little hot pepper 30 minutes before a meal helped people feel less hungry and eat about 10 percent less. Spicy foods are also supposed to help boost metabolism, reduce hunger and aid digestion. So make it spicy!
3. Eggs. Eggs are full of protein, which help you to feel fuller longer and therefore eat less. In fact, one study of 30 overweight or obese women found that those who ate two scrambled eggs with two slices of toast and a reduced-calorie fruit spread consumed less for the next day and a half than those who had a bagel breakfast of equal calories. We only have one word for that: eggcellent.
4. Olive oil. Do not — we repeat, do not — fear the fat, especially the monounsaturated kind like you find in olive oil. In fact, olive oil has been said to boost metabolism and fat burning. Not to mention that it’s delicious. Especially when drizzled on roasted veggies or freshly sliced tomatoes.
5. Grapefruit. The Grapefruit Diet was ridiculous, but the grapefruit itself isn’t — it’s a weight-loss superfood! In fact, a 2006 study of 91 obese people from the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps Clinic found that eating half a grapefruit before a meal or drinking a serving of the juice three times a day helped people drop more than three pounds over 12 weeks. Scientists say that the fruit’s phytochemicals reduce insulin levels, which helps your body to convert calories into energy rather than stored as fat.
Tell us: What’s your favorite healthy food for weight-loss? —Jenn