5 Foods to Help You Lose Weight!

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If you read my post on Monday, you know that even during the summer months, it can still be challenging to lose weight. One of the first things people think of when losing weight is what they should cut OUT of their diet. Except I’m here to tell you to hit the grocery stores! There are tons of foods out there that will not only help you lose weight, but will also help curb hunger, boost metabolism, and ultimately lead to life-long health! Below I’ve provided just 5 examples of foods that will ultimately help you lose weight!

1. Grapefruit. Even though the famous “grapefruit diet” has come and gone, this super fruit is still shown to help your body burn calories! A 2006 study at the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps Clinic found that eating 1/2 a grapefruit or grapefruit juice ~3 times per day can result in weight-loss. The high fiber and water content of the fruit aid in keeping you feeling fuller for longer and the phytochemicals help decrease insulin levels. While I don’t feel that JUST eating grapefruit will lead you to lose weight, I do think its’ addition will help stave off hunger, causing you to eat less! 

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2. Hot Red Pepper. The magic ingredient in hot red pepper or cayenne pepper is capsaicin, which helps to suppress appetite. In a six week study at Purdue University, researchers found that cayenne pepper helped increase body temperatures and thus, the amount of calories burned! The participants who did not regularly use cayenne pepper before performing the study actually received the most benefits; decreased appetite and reduced cravings for salty, fatty, or sweet foods. While I don’t think you have to go out and start adding hot red pepper to all your meals, it could be a BONUS beneficial addition if you are a fan of spicy food!

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3. Beans. I love eating beans and I know plenty of people who shy away from them…WHY!? They are so versatile and on top of that, help suppress your appetite. Beans contain a digestive hormone called cholecystokinin, which is a natural appetite suppressant. In a study from the University of California, it was found that after eating beans, your levels of this hormone, which slows the digestive process, were twice as high. Beans can also help keep blood sugar levels steady, so you can stave off hunger for longer! If that isn’t enough, just adding more foods rich in fiber can help lower your cholesterol!! Pass the beans please!

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4. Cinnamon. I love cinnamon and after reading that it can help control post-meal insulin spikes (which leave you feeling hungry), I started incorporating it even more!  ”Health bonus: One USDA study showed that just a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon a day lowered the blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in people with type 2 diabetes.” (source) Feel free to add cinnamon to your cereal, yogurt, popcorn, desserts, etc. Your waistline will thank you!

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5. Pears. A medium sized pear contains ~6 grams of filling fiber. Pears (and apples) contain pectin fiber, which helps decrease blood sugar levels and will help fill you up! The longer you remain full, the less excessive between-meal noshing you will do! Add a pear to your lunch and be satisfied most of the afternoon!! Hello weight-loss! Pears also contain quercetin, a potent antioxidant that helps prevent cancer and artery damage! Pass the pears please!

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Even if you don’t like to use any of the foods listed above, there are plenty of other foods that will help you fight off hunger and lead to weight-loss! Pick foods that are high in fiber and rich in antioxidants; think fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, etc. and you will naturally reach your “happy weight.” I guarantee it!

QUESTION: What are your favorite natural ”weight-loss” foods!?

 

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23 comments to 5 Foods to Help You Lose Weight!

  • I love cinnamon and put it on everything! I love in with peaches and greek yogurt. You can even put it in your coffee at Starbucks.

    I also love pears which are one of my favorite fruits. I like grapefruits but I’m often too lazy to spend the time cutting all the segments out so I can eat them…

  • ering021

    haha I am never home to catch Dr. Oz but I have caught a few glimpses of his shows! I like the way he breaks it down for people (for the most part). But no I didn’t know he always talks about cinnamon and cayenne haha

  • This sounds like a Dr. Oz episode (in a good way!). He loves talking about foods that can help with weight loss, and cinnamon and cayenne are his two favorites, hence the reason than women are always asking for them in SUPPLEMENT form! Ugh. I say, enjoy the real thing!! They are tasty, especially cinnamon in coffee or on oats.

  • I love this post. Thanks for keeping it real. All of these could have potential small effects, but you still have to lose smart :) I love when people hear “helps with weight loss” and think the more, the better…with no boundaries. Oh, advertising :)

  • I’m not a “spice” fan, but when it comes to beans, pears and cinnamon, I am addicted. :D

    Fun list! :D

  • haven’t heard about beans either, interesting info (love beans but now love them more). I am a tea fan, green tea, yerba mate too.

  • Mmm… love cinnamon so much! Glad to know it can boost weight loss too! :)

  • I really think I need to give grapefruits another time – it’s been years since I’ve tried them!

  • So glad to see cinnamon is on here- I put it in everything!

  • Beans are an AMAZING food!!! They are so filling. They might be higher in calories but it’s worth it because I eat less of other stuff.

    I did the Four Hour Body diet for a short while and a huge component of it was beans. I was eating some sort of beans at every freakin’ meal! :)

  • Somewhere I read that we should eat some cinnamon everyday but I couldn’t remember why. Since I love the taste, I always add it to my morning oatmeal. Now I know why I’m doing it! Thanks!

  • What a great post!
    I have tried increasing beans in my diet.
    I just saw grapefruits on sale the other day. I should have swiped them up, but didn’t for some reason. I do love them in summer.

  • Roz

    Great list! I need to eat more grapefruit. I love it, but rarely think to buy it. Have a great day Erin! Thanks as always for your informative posts.

  • Didn’t know about hot peppers. I like things spicy ;)

  • I’ve never heard the bean one, very interesting!!

  • Grapefruit is one thing that I just don’t eat that often! I always forget about it! I just think any fruits and veggies in general are weight loss food. You can fill up on them in large portions and they keep you feel with less calories!

  • Spice spice and more spice! I love adding some heat to food and it makes me eat slower. I also drink a ton of water.

  • Is “water” a food :) ? I often think I am hungry when I’m really just dehydrated.

    I really think any fruit/vegetable helps with weight loss/maintenance because of the fiber and water content

  • I am a cinnamon addict but also consume all of those other items on a regular basis! Now if I could cut down on brownies I’d be in business:-)

  • I enjoy all of those things – Yessss! I had success eating grapefruit with eggs for breakfast before a few weeks before my wedding. Having the fuit instead of dense wehat toast gave me a much lighter feeling, but I still felt satisfied. Great post!

  • I love grapefruit! Ginger root is another natural appetite suppressant/ weight loss food and I love adding that to tea and smoothies!

    Also…if you chew on cinnamon leaves it’s supposed to do wonders for your fresh breath. No idea where I would find the leaves though.

  • My favorite “natural” weight loss food is Greek yogurt. My favorite “natural” weight loss snack is almonds and a apple. I’ve seen a lot of posts on grapefruits lately and have heard it is good to have some even before breakfast. Okay, I need to stop surfing the web and go for a run. Have a great day!

  • thanks for sharing!! I need to incorporate these foods in my diet more!

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