Struggling with your diet? Don’t worry, we totally feel you. Dieting is one of the toughest things anyone can do out there when there is a world full of delicious, sweet, savory and positively orgasmic things to eat. However, if you’ve made the decision to start correcting the way you live and eat, we sincerely congratulate you and we want to help you make sure that you succeed. Since we all know that not all calories are created equal, succeeding in your diet requires knowing what kind of foods will give you the best nutritional value per calorie as well as knowing the metabolic pathway of each kind of food. So, without further ado, here are our top 10 foods to eat while on a diet.
#1: Leafy Greens
You really should be eating your greens, especially leafy greens. Seriously, this isn’t something that doctors and health influencers spout out to sell vegetables. Leafy greens like spinach, swiss chard, kale and collars are packed with fiber and yet are very low in carbs and calories alike. Adding a nice big serving of greens to your meals is a great way to increase the volume of what you’re eating without overdoing the calories. It will also give you great amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other goodies that your body will thank you for.
#2: Cruciferous Vegetables
Remember that Big Bang Theory episode where Sheldon Cooper went on a diet of cruciferous vegetables? Well, he had good reason to. Similar to leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli are also quite low in calories while being jam packed with fiber. They’re also really great at filling the void that is a hungry stomach. Combining a plate full of your favorite cruciferous vegetables (hey there Brussel sprouts!) and lean protein gives you fantastic fuel without the unnecessary fats and carbs.
Eggs get a bad reputation for supposedly causing a spike in cholesterol and yet new studies have surfaced showing that there’s no truth to this. With the new research coming out, eggs are steadily making a comeback in the health community. Even better news? They’re perfect for people who are trying to lose weight. Eggs are extremely high in protein and contain very little fat, which means they’ll help you stay fuller for longer without having to consume extra calories. Plus, they’re delicious. Win-win!
#4: Boiled Potatoes
Yes, that’s right, we said potatoes. We’re sure you’re surprised that we’re peddling carbs for weight loss, but think about it this way: potatoes have tons of characteristics that make them the perfect companion to meals for those trying to lose weight. Potatoes are particularly high in potassium, a nutrient that we generally don’t usually get enough of, and they are also exceptionally handy when it comes to controlling blood pressure. They’re also great at keeping you satiated.
We honestly can’t rave enough about fish. Low calorie, high in protein and rich in heart friendly components like omega-3 fatty acids, fish is one of the best protein options for people trying to lose weight and succeed in their diet. Some great options include tuna, which is incredibly popular amongst bodybuilders and models, as well as salmon, which is obviously already a sensation in the health industry. Fresh or frozen is always the best option, but if you’re going for the canned version of this delicious protein, make sure to choose packages that have been packed in water rather than oil. It’s also a good idea to check where your fish is coming from and whether it’s been responsibly fished or not.
Avocados aren’t called a super food for nothing. A unique member of the fruit family, avocados are rich in healthy fats rather than the carbs that most fruit typically come with. Although avocados are mostly fat, they also have a fairly large amount of water and have a super-sized serving of very important nutrients like potassium and fiber. Whether you add them to your salads or turn them into the perfect vehicle for a soft boiled egg is up to you!
#7: Coconut Oil
Remember how we mentioned that not all calories are created equal? Well, the same logic applies for oils, and when it comes to this particular food group, no oil reigns quite as supreme as the humble coconut oil. Coconut oil is high in a fatty acid called MCT and has been shown to really help people feel full compared to other kinds of fats. Just remember that this isn’t so much about adding coconut oil to your food, rather it’s about replacing it with whatever oil you’re already using. If you’re not feeling the flavor of coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil is a great alternative.
If you really want to make your food work for you, grapefruit is a fantastic piece of produce to add to your diet. Studies have shown that eating grapefruit can really help with weight control. In one particular study, obese individuals were given half a fresh grapefruit to eat before meals with results showing an average of 3.5 pounds of weight lost over 3 months. Additionally, grapefruit also helps to reduce insulin resistance.
Nuts are yet another kind of food that gets a bad reputation for having high fat content. Ultimately, even if they’re high in fat, nuts aren’t actually an inherently fattening food. On the contrary, they make excellent snacks and are full of healthy fat, fiber and protein. Research has also shown that nuts are fantastic for improving metabolic help and aiding in weight loss. With that being said, don’t go overboard. Portion control is still key as they do contain quite a bit of calories.
#10: Cottage Cheese
We bet you didn’t see this one coming! Most people tend to stay away from dairy when they’re on diets, but cottage cheese is, calorie for calorie, mostly protein. There’s very little fat and carbs in this cheese, which makes it an incredible protein source. Add cottage cheese to your fruit for a filling breakfast or throw it into fajitas instead of cheddar for a satisfying meal.