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7 Foods That Help You Lose Weight Fast

7 Foods That Help You Lose Weight Fast
You can probably think of hundreds of different foods that are good for helping you lose weight, but there a select few that are better than others. Some of these foods are used on the HCG diet for their fat burning effects, others aren't, but no matter what they are great options to include in your diet when you are looking for ways to lose weight without having to spend much extra effort. All you have to do is find a few favorite recipes for these 7 foods that help you lose weight fast, and they offer several other extra health benefits like lowering your risk of heart disease, reducing your risk of diabetes, and being foods that are generally low in calories and good for your health.

Food #1 - Grapefruit

Grapefruit has been touted as being one of the best weight loss foods in the world because of the several studies that have proven its effectiveness at helping you lose weight. Grapefruit is loaded with fiber and can help you eat less during your meals. A study found that people who ate a half of a grapefruit before their meals ended up losing over 3 pounds over a 12 week period of time. It's not the same results that you would get with the HCG diet but it is significant, and it's one of the main reasons why grapefruit is an approved fruit for the diet. Try adding it into your breakfasts or eating one as an appetizer before your main courses.

Food #2 - Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is another food that has been touted as an excellent weight loss food for its high protein content and low calorie content. You do have to be careful with your choice of Greek yogurt as there are several packaged brands that are higher in calories. One study by Harvard tracked over 100,000 people and found that yogurt consumption was the most common food associated with weight loss. Greek yogurt also helps to restore natural gut bacteria as a side benefit which can reduce inflammation and improve digestion. Just be careful to avoid varieties with added sugar and stick to plain yogurt for the most health benefits.

Food #3 - Leafy green vegetables

Eating more leafy green vegetables is one of the surest ways to lose weight quickly. Greens like kale, spinach, swiss chard and others are amazing for burning fat and filling you up without adding extra calories to your diet. Leafy green vegetables are low in carbohydrates as well which means that you won't need to feel guilty when you eat more than a few portions. It's hard to eat too much of them because they are so packed with fiber, and they have added benefits like being rich in antioxidants and compounds that can lower your risk of heart disease, reduce the chance of developing insulin resistance, lower your risk of several different types of cancer and many other positive effects. In general, you can't go wrong by adding more of these into your diet.

Food #4 - Salmon

Although several types of fish are a great option for their weight loss benefits, salmon in particular is quite amazing. It is rich with healthy omega-3 fatty acids compared to many other types of fish, and it provides you with a great source of lean protein that other foods don't provide you with. Salmon and other seafood is also an important source of iodine which keeps your thyroid functioning optimally, and this also helps to maintain a healthy weight. The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon can help you avoid weight gain and studies have shown that diets that are high in these important fatty acids can reduce inflammation which in turn can lower your risk of being overweight.

Food #5 - Chicken breast and lean meats

Virtually every lean meat is a great option for a weight loss food, and they can be eaten without much guilt. This is especially true for organic meats which are lower in pollutants and compounds that can cause metabolic issues. When you eat high quality organic chicken breast or other lean meats, you are getting another great source of protein which helps to stabilize your blood sugar and reduces your appetite throughout the day. You're less likely to want to snack on junk foods and other low quality foods when you get enough protein in your diet, and most people don't get the often recommended 35% of their daily calories from protein.

Food #6 - Cottage cheese

Low fat cottage cheese is one of the best weight loss options because like Greek yogurt it is high in protein. It's not very high in calories assuming that you don't add anything else to it outside of healthy options like fruit, and it's one of the best sources of quick protein. As mentioned previously, most people don't get enough protein in their diet, even for those who aren't physically active, and eating more cottage cheese is a great way to increase your protein intake. Calcium is also important for fat metabolism and maintaining a healthy metabolism, and cottage cheese is also an excellent source of calcium which is another one of its great benefits.

Food #7 - Avocados

For a healthy source of fat, you can't beat avocados. They are rich with monounsaturated fats which are proven to be associated with a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, and many other illnesses. Avocados are a rich source of oleic fat, a fat that is also found in olive oil. Consuming foods that are high in oleic acid has been shown to be associated with a lower risk of heart disease, a lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol levels. Avocados are also not just pure fat, they are also high in water content, so you don't have to feel that guilty about eating them. If you are going to include any fat in your diet you definitely want to get it from natural sources like avocados, olives, coconuts and others, rather than processed fats or artificial fats, and avocados offer an excellent alternative to less healthy fat options with several health benefits and a lower risk of obesity.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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