The 8 Best Weight Loss Foods

Exercise alone isn't going to help you lose weight and burn fat! Without a healthy diet, you're never going to see results. The food you eat will be the fuel your body burns as you work out, and it will keep you full and satisfied throughout the day. Eating right is the key to serious weight loss. Here are the best weight loss foods you can eat:

Mushrooms

It's odd to think that mushrooms are a good weight loss food, but the truth is that their meaty flavor are a total bonus! You can add them into your meals as a "meat substitute" to stretch the protein without adding too many calories. By mixing mushrooms with your meat, you consume less fat and fewer calories, yet the delicious flavor is all there.

Quinoa

No other grain comes close to quinoa! This little grain is packed with complete protein (7 grams per serving!), along with a lot of very filling fiber. You can get a lot of energy from each serving of this grain, but it will provide your body with a lot of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Eat quinoa instead of rice, and you'll see progress in no time.

Berries

Black, blue, rasp, or elder--all berries are good for you! Berries are high in vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants, and some even contain protein. They're fairly low in calories, but their high fiber content makes them very filling. They make the perfect dessert--satisfying your sweet tooth without breaking your diet.

Eggs

Few other foods are as valuable a source of protein! Egg yolks may contain a bit of fat, but that's nothing compared to the hefty dose of protein and minerals in each egg. Eggs are beautifully low in calories--just 70 per egg. They can be added to just about any meal, and they will help to increase your protein intake. Protein helps you to build muscle, which in turn speeds up your metabolism and promotes better fat burning.

Dark Greens

Spinach, kale, and chard are just a few of the dark, leafy greens that deserve top billing in your diet. They are beautifully low in calories but packed with nutrients--Vitamins A, C, E, and K, iron, calcium, manganese, and the list goes on! Spinach is also a wonderfully high-fiber food, and it will fill you up quickly. They also contain thylakoids that can curb your appetite and promote weight loss.

Green Tea

This tea contains antioxidants that will target the belly fat, making it easier for you to get rid of that last bit of stubborn fat hiding your six-pack. The caffeine in the tea will give you a boost of energy, but the effects are minimal compared to coffee. It's a zero-calorie drink that you can enjoy throughout the day.

Dark Chocolate

Yet another beautiful dessert-friendly weight loss food! Dark chocolate has a very small amount of sugar, but is packed with appetite-suppressing, craving-squashing antioxidants. Even a tiny square of chocolate is enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, and it won't overdo it on the calories. As long as you keep it in check, dark chocolate is a diet-friendly food.

Apples

At 100 calories each, apples are a fairly low-calorie snack that will be surprisingly filling. A single apple (green apples in particular) will help to suppress any food cravings, and can curb your appetite before a meal. Munch on an apple 20 minutes before sitting down to lunch or dinner, and you'll find you eat far less. Definitely a good food to add to your weight loss diet menu!

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