Back to the Basics: 5 Delicious Natural Foods That Have Been Proven to Help You Lose Weight

Protein bars, microwavable diet meals, and specialty zero-calorie weight loss foods -- does losing weight really have to take so much effort?

Let's get back to the basics and touch base with simple, powerful ways you can shed a couple of pounds a week with a few simple healthy substitutions.

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No matter what diet book you read they basically send the wrong message. Just the word "diet" has the implication that people can choose to go on or off them. The phrase "diet foods" is very confusing to many people. Exactly what are diet foods geared for? Most diet foods don’t satisfy the dieter. For example, snack packs help dieters control calories, which at times don’t work. After all, how many dieters actually only eat one pack? You don’t need complicated diet plans, just make smart choices in the foods you eat, watch portion sizes, and be active. Learn to eat the right way for a lifetime. Choose healthy foods everyday and change your lifestyle.

Instead of sticking to diet plans, eat wholesome nutritious foods. If you need a few recommendations, start with the foods listed below. They are delicious foods and make a great addition to a healthy diet while keeping you slim.

1. Apples

Apples are the perfect source of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion while reducing cholesterol. They're also the perfect fruit for dieters since apples contain less than 100 calories yet keep you satisfied. When women add either three apples or pears to their meals they lose more weight than people who add three oat cookies to their meals, even though both have the same amount of dietary fiber.

Applies are also very crunchy so they actually trick the brain into making the body feel fuller. Chewing makes you think you have eaten more than you actually have.

2. Almonds

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If you want a great midday snack, a few almonds are your best option. Women who eat nuts at least twice a week had more success at keeping off the pounds than those who didn’t. Just an ounce of almonds has only 161 calories plus 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. These two nutrients will make you feel full. Almonds, like apples, are also crunchy so they will also make you feel like you’ve eaten more than you have thus you will feel full longer.

3. Salmon

The fat that is found in salmon can actually boost satiety levels. For example, when those on diets eat salmon several times a week they lose around two pounds more than dieters who don’t include seafood in their meals. Salmon is also low in calories. Just one three-ounce serving has 175 calories, plus salmon is also a great source of protein.

4. Eggs

Eggs contain protein, which also makes you feel full longer, and they can help you keep your weight in check. When you eat eggs for breakfast you are helping yourself fight weight gain all day. When you eat two eggs for breakfast five days out of the week you will lose approximately 65 percent more weight than those who eat a bagel for breakfast because one bagel has almost twice the amount of calories as two whole eggs!

5. Tomatoes

Vegetables have always been great for diets. Vegetables that are low in starch, such as celery, carrots, and spinach, are high in fiber. Foods that are high in fiber will help you feel full longer. Another great thing about non-starchy vegetables is that you can eat all you want. Tomatoes are possibly one of the best veggies available that will help you keep off the pounds. Just a cup of cooked tomatoes has 32 calories if you chose the red ones.

These foods will definitely help you lose weight and keep it off. Over time you’re bound to find even more foods that are filling and wholesome and will help you lose weight.

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