If the battle of the bulge seems unwinnable, it might be because you're distracted by fighting small battles instead of gearing up for war. The truth is that cutting a few calories here and there and eliminating your favorite foods might help you lose weight now, but you might put those pounds back on just as quickly as you lost them. Sustainable weight loss only results from lifestyle changes. A healthy diet that you can maintain for the rest of your life is essential. And while no food can make you lose weight without effort, these five foods make the war of weight loss just a bit easier.
Protein is a building block for good health, supporting brain health, muscle development, and fertility.
Unfortunately, many high-protein foods are also high in calories. Not so with beans. Load up on these protein-rich goodies, which are also high in filling fiber.
If you find yourself craving a savory treat during the day, don't indulge in a bag of potato chips. Instead, replace the grease of potato chips with the protein and fiber of lightly salted nuts. Some research suggests that, in addition to helping you feel full, nuts have long-lasting weight-loss effects, encouraging you to eat less for a day or two after you consume them.
In a Harvard study of more than 120,000 people, the food most strongly correlated with weight-loss is something you probably already have in your fridge: yogurt. Yogurt keeps you full, offers a healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth, and can even help you get in a serving of fruit. Better still, yogurt helps keep the bacteria in your body in balance, reducing your risk of yeast infections and gastrointestinal problems.
It seems counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to lose water weight—the temporary weight that makes you look puffy and bloated—is to drink lots of water. Research further suggests that drinking adequate water can help kick your metabolism into gear, maximizing your caloric burn. Hate drinking water? You don't have to down gallons of the stuff every day. Instead, seek out fruits and veggies with a high water content. Tomatoes, lettuce, and watercress are excellent choices. For an even stronger caloric burn, try celery, which is not only high in water, but also requires more calories to digest than it contains.
An apple a day doesn't just keep the doctor away. It also keeps the pounds at bay. Apples are high in fibrous compounds that your body can't digest quickly, which helps you feel fuller for longer. They're also high in fiber, promoting a healthy gut. Not sure which apple to try? Research suggests that tart Granny Smiths are especially high in gut-friendly bacteria that keep your digestive system running smoothly.