5 Best Foods For Weight Loss

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I few weeks back I posted a very simple weight loss plan, and I promised to follow on from that, and discuss my top 5 foods for weight loss.

In my list below I haven’t included fruits and vegetables, purely because that is a given. I don’t need to restate it.

You need to eat more fruits and veg, period.

Okay, on to my best foods for weight loss, here goes…

Healthy Foods to Help You Lose Weight

1. Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a great source of nutrients and fiber, and an excellent choice for breakfast, because it helps to keep you feeling satisfied for longer, whereas packaged breakfast cereals generally don’t do a great job at all.

My favorite way to eat oatmeal is with a dash of cinnamon, grated apple, a few chopped nuts, or some ground flaxseeds.

Dried fruits and a little natural yogurt are also good options.

Here is my recent article on whole grain food for more grain ideas.

2. Brown Rice
I love rice more than any other starchy carb. In fact, I really can’t imagine my diet without it.

But, eating a lot of white rice isn’t good for your waistline, mainly because it doesn’t fill you up and so you find yourself eating way more than you need.

So, making the switch over to brown rice is an essential, but very easy step.

I think the key when cooking brown rice is to plan ahead. Don’t leave the rice as the last thing you prepare, otherwise everything will be ready before the rice even gets going.

You will only need a very small portion of brown rice to feel full, about 50 grams, which means you are cutting calories, without depriving yourself of something you enjoy.

3. Legumes
If I haven’t banged on about legumes enough already on Dietriffic, here I go one more time! :-)

I think I love them… they are nutritious, cheap, easy to use, and low in calories. The perfect food if you are trying to lose weight.

You should try to add them to your meal plan at least two times each week.

You can substitue some of the meat in certain recipes with legumes, or you could have a “vegetarian” night, when you make a lentil curry, for example.

4. Nuts
Lots of people shy away from eating nuts and seeds when they are dieting, because of the calorie content.

However, I have found over and over again that when your diet is filled with whole foods, like nuts, you don’t need to worry so much about counting calories, your body naturally craves less.

So, eat a handful of nuts each day, in place of your normal high sugar snack, and I promise you will notice the difference.

Come back here and tell me if you don’t feel more satisfied for longer!

Just remember to keep your portion under control, as this is where nuts can be a problem. A portion is 1 to 1 1/2 ounces.

5. Water
Okay, so I know I said this was my “5 best foods for weight loss” but I just have to mention water. It is absolutely essential!

Don’t try to lose weight without drinking at least 8 cups of plain water per day.

If you have a soft drink (or other calorific beverage) habit, you need to get shot of that, and fast!

As I’ve said before, sodas have zero nutritional value. All they do is add calories you don’t need, especially when you are trying to lose weight.

If you need help curbing your soda habit, check out this article.

So, that’s my 5 best foods for weight loss — what would you add to this list?

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Andy December 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Coconut Oil should at least have an honorable mention. :) Can help boost the metabolism.


Melanie December 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Hi Andy,
Can you recommend any sound studies on the benefits of coconut oil?


Tory December 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Hey Mel,

I think one of the best foods for “weight loss” would be a lean protein source such as chicken, fish or eggs (or a vegan alternative). Simply because protein has the highest thermic effect of all the macronutrients and it also keeps you feeling fuller longer. Combine that with vegetables and a carb as your daily caloric goal allows and you’ve got yourself a great meal that will aid in fat loss.


Melanie December 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Hi Tory,
Thanks for adding your thoughts.


Deca Durabolin December 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Great choice, I would put a couple more in but the list is fine as is too.


martha@simple-nourished-living.com December 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm

These all are on my list of favorite foods. Nuts have been a lifesaver for me. They are healthy and satisfying in a way that so many less healthy snacks aren’t.
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Melanie December 16, 2010 at 11:20 am

Hi Martha,
I agree with you about nuts, they are an amazing snack, especially when you are away from home, and you don’t want to stop in at fast food restaurants etc to eat junk food. I try to bring some nuts and seeds, and a banana when I go shopping, for example, then all I need is a quick coffee somewhere and I’m good to go again :-)


Cathy in NZ December 17, 2010 at 4:43 am

chewing gum or similar – no particular type

ok it’s not a food but it’s great when you think you should eat just little more – gives your brain and mouth something to do :-)


Melanie December 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Hi Cathy,
Yeah, that one works well.


howtomakemoneywithyourblog.us December 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Melanie I have heard from several doctors that chewing gum makes your stomach release acids and ready to start breaking down foods that by chewing gum you are not feeding your body and therfore is not a good idea because your tricking your body into thinking that you are feeding it.


howtomakemoneywithyourblog December 30, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I tpo carry nuts with me everwhere I go just in case I get hungry. Great idea and thank you for all the information on your blog very informative I am going to follow you on twitter. I am on a quest to loose a few more of pounds.


Melanie December 31, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Yes, that is true. However, I think it is fine to chew for a short while, and chewing is actually good for your teeth, to help rid some of the bacteria. I think nuts and seeds are the best fall-back snack option. Thanks for your comments.


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