Losing weight can be so difficult! Many people believe they just need to work out more, but the truth is that your body gets out whatever you put in it. The key is to change your grocery shopping list to contain piles of food that will promote weight loss while also nourishing your body so you aren’t left with a grumbling stomach.

1. Avocado

Avocados are called a superfood for good reason! These dark fruits with a light greeny-yellow inside are powerhouses for giving your body all those grams of incredible omega-3 fatty acids that your bod doesn’t naturally produce.

While it is a high-calorie fruit, it is completely worth eating because it also provides you with about 13 grams of fiber per avocado and 33% of your daily serving of vitamin C.

2. Apples

If you’re looking for a low-calorie snack that is all-natural and fills your stomach, look no further. A medium-sized apple has only about 95 calories which is less than a granola bar.

Slice up your apple and enjoy with a couple slices of low-fat cheddar cheese for some fat and protein as well.

3. Watermelon

Watermelon is an amazingly juicy snack for everyone to enjoy on hot summer days when hydration is the main focus. But did you know it has way more to offer than just water?

Watermelon helps strengthen your bones while reducing your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. The best part is, it only has approximately 87 calories per slice.

4. Beans

Beans have long been hailed as a superfood because of how simply affordable they are. They are enjoyed all over the world by many cultures and communities which clearly proves their versatility when it comes to cooking.

Beans can help boost your immunity while also providing your body with high amounts of calcium and iron, not to mention protein! With about 225 calories per cup of chickpeas and 11 grams of fiber, your body will be thanking you for incorporating this food into your diet.

5. Oats

Much like beans, oats are an affordable health food that is used to nourish hungry bellies throughout the world. Eating oatmeal every morning is a wonderful way to incorporate them into your diet with ease.

Oats can help reduce heart issues, stabilize blood pressure and offer the benefits of antioxidants such as possibly lowering your chances of getting cancer.

6. Lemon

If there’s one simple change you can make in your day to day life to help your body lose weight – this is the one change you should make!

Add slices of lemon to your water each day and let the benefits take place! Lemons can help reduce your weight because they are an anti-inflammatory food that can also cure indigestion and constipation.

7. Ginger

Ginger can be enjoyed as a tea or in a variety of mouth-watering dinner recipes. Ginger promotes weight loss because it provides digestive support to your body so you can break everything down the way your body needs.

Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory food that helps your body snap back after a weekend of cheat days! Not only that but it can help improve diabetes in people who struggle with this disease.

8. Coffee

You’ll be happy this food is on the list! Coffee actually can help fight depression which often leads to a lack of healthy eating and exercise. Mental health can cause vicious, unhealthy cycles that leads people to feel estranged from their own body.

Coffee can also help burn fat which is always a positive result when it comes to food, while being an antioxidant that can contribute to preventing cancer.

9. Cucumber

Have you ever been to a spa and asked for a glass of water? Typically you get cucumber water! Why is this? Cucumber does make the water taste extra fresh, but it also has some wonderful health benefits.

Cucumbers are an extremely hydrating vegetable that can help prevent constipation which can lead to bloating. Cucumbers also help regulate your body’s blood pressure; something many people struggle with.

10. Green Tea

Once you start drinking green tea, there’s no going back. The relaxed, cleansed feeling you get after one cup will encourage you to incorporate it into your everyday life.

Green tea offers anti-aging properties while reduces depression and anxiety symptoms. It can help reduce your weight and your cholesterol as well!

11. Eggs

Eggs are so easy to incorporate into your diet in delicious and creative ways! The best part is, they can help you lose weight because they provide your body with so many nutrients.

Eggs are packed with protein to give you long term energy, as well as providing your body with those much sought after omega-3 fatty acids. Eggs are also helpful with your heart health because they provide nutrients to help support a healthy heart.

12. Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous veggies include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale just to name a few. They are a wonderful food group to add into your meal plan for the new year because of how low calorie they are.

Another bonus is that they help reduce your risk of cancer, while also reducing inflammation in your body. No one likes to feel bloated! Cruciferous vegetables are packed with vitamins C, E and K, making them a great way to get your daily dose of vitamins.

13. Chicken Breast

Chicken breast is a protein-rich food that can be seasoned in a wide variety of ways, making it versatile for all taste palates. People often just assume that chicken gives you protein and that’s it, but that is simply not the case.

Chicken breasts help boost your immune system, regulate your digestion while also reducing weakness in the body and high cholesterol. It is truly a delicious food that keeps on giving.

14. Cottage Cheese

People either love cottage cheese or hate it, but it will benefit you most if you love it! Cottage cheese is a fantastic source of Vitamin B12 which actually promotes proper brain functioning and helps your body absorb iron. If you are iron deficient, this food is your best friend.

Cottage cheese is a powerhouse of riboflavin which converts carbohydrates in your body into energy – and we would rather that than the carbs turning into fat!

15. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar may not be the most scrumptious thing you’ve ever tasted, but it is one of the best foods for your body. Like many of the other foods, it helps regulate your blood sugar levels.

The other incredible benefit of apple cider vinegar is that it can help your stomach feel satisfied faster. If you struggle with overeating, apple cider vinegar will help with that and therefore can help you take in less calories.

16. Sprouted Grains

Sprouted Grains are packed with nutrients because they have not been baked and exposed to heat. They are less allergenic than regular grains which is wonderful in this time period where people are allergic to a lot of things.

Sprouted grains offer doses of vitamin B, C, folate, fiber, and amino acids. These nutrients all contribute to building your body up to be strong and healthy!

17. Grapefruit

You’ve probably heard that grapefruits are fantastic for you but maybe you still haven’t figured out why. Grapefruits are a perfect breakfast in the morning, especially when paired with a high protein food such as greek yogurt.

Grapefruit can help lower cholesterol while regularting blood sugar levels. It is rich in cancer preventative antioxidants and even contributes to improving your sleep.

18. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the health food of the moment right now and so it should be! While it is a fat, it is actually a great fat for your body to absorb.

Coconut oil helps to fight off inflammation in the body and it actually helps your body burn fat you already have. Isn’t that incredible? This amazing oil also helps relieve constipation and balances hormones which can contribute to weight gain.

19. Salmon

Salmon is one of those foods that is no bother to eat at all because of how delicious it is! It is packed with omega-3 fatty acids that your body needs you to eat because it doesn’t produce those fats on its own.

Salmon can help lower your chances getting cancer while maintaining insulin levels which is always helpful when weight loss is the goal. Salmon is so powerful it can also contribute to lowering your chances of getting cardiovascular diseases.

20. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are insanely good for your body, and all you need is two tablespoons per serving! They actually have double the amount of antioxidants than blueberries and 100% more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. In only two tablespoons!

Chia seeds provide your body with tons of potassium – even more than a banana. They are also rich in fiber, making it easy to get your daily required fiber intake in two tablespoons. It is really the definition of a superfood.

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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