Trying to lose weight is not an easy feat. From watching what you eat to trying to find the time to exercise, sometimes getting into shape feels like more trouble than it’s worth.
But with a few tweaks here and there and some trusty advice, it is entirely possible to take the full (and fulfilling) journey to your weight loss goals. First up, finding out what’s on the list of good foods to eat.
We’ve listed 10 foods to not only aid your goals, but also tickle your taste buds!
Lovers of shellfish, rejoice! They are a great source of zinc (which aids in metabolism). And at 175 per six medium oysters, it’s also a filling treat that won’t bust your calorie count for the day.
Chicken (and turkey and other lean cuts of red meat) are excellent sources of much-needed and extremely-filling protein. But did you know that they are also low in calories? One cooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast is only 165 calories.
You can choose from various leafy green veggies for your dose of fiber. But at only 33 calories per cup, kale is a great choice for getting yourself fuller with less.
Just because you are dieting doesn’t mean you can’t still have snacks! At just 31 calories per cup of popped kernels (air-popped, not microwaved, and no toppings), popcorn will be one of your favorite indulgences. Consider adding some low-calorie spices like chili powder, Sriracha, or garlic powder.
Many nutritionists and doctors tout the health benefits of certain types of seafood, salmon in particular. Here’s why.
It contains not only protein, but also other healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids. And chinook salmon, one of the most popular varieties, contains only 33 calories per ounce.
Are you craving something sweet? At just 46 per cup of diced watermelon, you will not only be enjoying a low-calorie snack. With all the water loaded into this melon, you’ll also reap the benefits of increased hydration and feeling of fullness.
Missing those staples like pasta or rice? Replace those dishes with quinoa. It has a considerable amount of protein and fiber and contains only 222 calories per cup. You can still have your stir-fry! And it’ll still be delicious and now even nutritious!
8. Sweet Potato
Potatoes — one of life’s greatest treats and are available in different forms. Perhaps it’s its versatility that makes it so popular. And for some of us, giving up that root vegetable is painful. But have no fear, the sweetest of all, the sweet potato, is chockful of Vitamin A, a nutrient essential for a healthy immune system, and it’s only 114 calories per cup.
You know the tune, “I love eggs, from my head down to my legs…” And it’s true. Eggs are great-tasting and are essential parts of many recipes. But did you also know that eggs are also great at helping to suppress appetite and that they only contain 78 calories? Eggs might just be the best way to get your day started.
10. Red Wine
Okay, hear me out. We all know that alcohol is not part of any “real” health plan, and its excessive usage can cause a world of problems. But if you are someone who does like to indulge once in a while and are also trying to keep your calorie count low, red wine is the lesser evil.
A five-ounce serving contains only 125 calories. Compare this to just about any beer, which on average, starts at 150 calories.
There are a TON of different kinds of foods and beverages that are perfect for people trying to cut calories. There might even be foods that you already love! While you need to make certain sacrifices and changes in your life and diet to lose weight, know that you don’t have to sacrifice EVERYTHING you love to eat, you might just have to tweak them a little bit.