Foods That Help You Lose Weight

Updated on December 11, 2017
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Lois has over ten years' experience in the home/herbal remedy field. She seeks to inform her readers and help them to save money.

Foods That Are Natural Appetite Suppressants

Does this scenario sound familiar to you? You are overweight and want to lose a few pounds, so you go on a diet by changing your eating habits, counting calories, and getting exercise. You make a meal plan for the week and get whatever food you need at your local grocery store. You make an enormous effort to avoid the junk food and cookie aisles at the store.

Everything goes well the first day. Then the thinkable happens: You wake up in the middle of the night starving. You look through the cabinets and binge on every unhealthy thing you can find. It seems that your appetite grew during your first day of the diet.

This scenario happens to a lot of people when they go on a diet. If you want to lose weight, the trick is to know which foods are natural appetite suppressants. When you eat these foods, you will get full sooner and not fall victim to unwanted cravings.

You always hear the rule to chew your food slowly before swallowing. This gives your brain time to register that you have food in your stomach. The next time you eat and still feel hungry, wait a few minutes before eating something else. You may realize you no longer feel hungry.

You see a whole bunch of diets around you. Which one is the best for you? It is best to ignore diets that promise you that you will lose a lot of weight in no time at all. These will not work, or you may be required to give up on your favorite food, such as the Atkin’s Diet, which bans bread and other forms of carbohydrates.

Eat a balanced diet, including these natural appetite suppressants.

Salads are great food for weight-loss because they take longer to chew. Make your salad more satisfying by adding grilled chicken, tuna, or hard-boiled eggs.
Salads are great food for weight-loss because they take longer to chew. Make your salad more satisfying by adding grilled chicken, tuna, or hard-boiled eggs. | Source

Raw Vegetables Suppress Your Appetite

Never leave green vegetables out of your diet. Leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach are loaded with fiber and other minerals and vitamins, which will help speed up your metabolism. You can help give your body the iron it needs by eating your greens, and vegetables are a major source of energy.

Salads are good appetite suppressants because they take a long time to chew. Eating a bowl of greens may seem like a boring meal, but you can make a delicious meal by adding food such as:

  • tuna fish
  • grilled chicken
  • ham
  • turkey
  • hard-boiled eggs

If you use a salad dressing, go for one that's low-fat. Eating a salad not only will help suppress your appetite, you are giving your body the fiber it needs to keep you regular.

You will want to include food than helps burn calories faster. Foods that contain larger amounts of fiber, such as apples, salads, and many other fruits and green vegetables take a longer time and more energy to digest. Food that is high in fiber not only helps you feel full in a shorter amount of time, it will help your body burn more calories during the digestive process.


How Indian Spices Help You Lose Weight

Indian spices contain many health benefits. Did you know that that they also play a key role in losing weight? Enhancing the flavor of your food, with Indian or other types of spices, helps you feel full faster. Feeling full at a quicker rate means that you will eat less.

Many Indian spices, such as chili peppers, contain capsaicin. This is the compound that gives the spice its heat and it plays a role in reducing your appetite. When you go into an Indian restaurant the first thing you may notice is the pungent aroma coming from the food. The saying “It smells so good, I can taste it,” has some truth to it. When you smell a delicious aroma, your brain begins to send the message that your appetite has been satisfied.

Try this experiment the next time you are hungry: Eat a bland meal with no spices added. Then the next time you are hungry eat a meal enriched with spices. Compare the amount of food you eat during each sitting. Nine times out of 10 you will eat larger portions of the bland meal since it will take longer to satisfy your appetite.

Indian spices play a major role in increasing your metabolism. When your metabolism is faster, you burn both calories and body fat more quickly. Many hot spices start a process called thermogenesis. This is where the central nervous system is stimulated. Heat is produced in the body, which burns off calories. This process does not stop as soon as you are finished eating your delicious Indian meal. It can continue for up to several hours after you are done.

While Indian spices increase the fat burning in your body, they also block the fat in your intestines from getting absorbed into your body.

Indian spices contain diuretic properties. These spices, especially ginger, not only work with your body in removing toxins from your kidneys and bladder, they also protect your body from water retention. Extra fluids is one of the main reasons for weight gain.

Before using Indian spices to lose weight, talk to your doctor. Some spices may interact with medications and supplements.

Popular Indian Spices for Weight-Loss

  • black pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • chilis
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • coriander
  • cumin
  • curry powder
  • fennel seeds
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • fenugreek
  • mustard seeds
  • nutmeg
  • turmeric

Protein for Fullness

Choose a diet that contains a healthy mixture of fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, seafood, whole grains, and nuts. Then when you want that piece of cake, you can treat yourself to one once in a while and still lose weight. It will be a slow, gradual process that doesn't involve depriving your body of any needed vitamins and minerals, which you can lose if you do one of the fad diets.

You need food that is high in protein, especially if you are exercising and want to build and maintain strong muscles. If you do not have enough protein every day, your metabolism slows down.

Try whey protein shakes, which you can purchase at most grocery stores.These are excellent additions to your diet to ensure that you are getting enough protein each day. Trying to eat healthy can be expensive, since lean cuts of meat cost more than the ones that are loaded with fat. Whey protein is a cheaper alternative.

Foods That Destroy Fat

Do not listen when the “experts” tell you to avoid all dairy products. While saturated fats can lead to heart disease and high cholesterol, you can still eat dairy products that are low-fat and fat-free. They even taste just as good as the ones loaded with saturated fats.

Dairy products contain calcium which plays a role in fat loss. People who include dairy in their diets have a better chance of losing fat compared to those who omit them.

Green Tea Speeds Up Your Metabolism

Green tea is an excellent beverage to drink. Not only does this super food contain antioxidants that will keep you healthy and lowers the risk of having heart disease, it helps increase your metabolism. If you drink this tea instead of the carbonated soft drinks, you will be able to lose weight faster.

You have decided to lose weight for a variety of reasons. You may find that your favorite pair of pants are getting too snug on you. You may not like how when you try clothes on at the store, your stomach seems to be protruding out. However, the number one reason why you should lose weight is being overweight puts you at risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Note: If you are not sure what your ideal weight should be in regards to your gender, age, and height, talk to your doctor. If you weigh less than what your ideal weight should be, you do not need to lose weight. If you still feel that you need to lose weight, seek the help of a professional counselor.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2017 Lois Ryan


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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Great resource for healthy eating, Lois. The list of spices is very helpful. Thank you for this information.

    • LoisRyan1965 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lois Ryan 

      2 years ago from Binghamton NY

      Thank you.

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      2 years ago

      Amazing! :-)

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for your very helpful suggestions concerning weight loss. Your advise on Indian spices is very welcome. I like them but never considered their weight loss benefit.


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