With just a couple of months to go until bikini season arrives, many of us are scrambling to hit the gym and start our summer diets.
It’s hard to find a diet you can actually stick to for longer than a week—maybe two, if you’re feeling extra determined this year.
But whoever started this rumor that you have to eat less to weigh less was probably just trying to pull a cruel prank on all of us.
You’ll never be able to lose weight in a healthy way if you’re constantly dreaming about your next meal!
Instead of frowning over the mere thought of your next piece of tasteless boiled chicken and plate of rice crackers, look forward to your next healthy meal.
Go ahead and fill your shopping cart with these delicious—and healthy—foods you’ll actually enjoy eating:
- Eggs: Just two large eggs contain 12 grams of healthy protein—more than a quarter of your daily needs—to keep you full and focused all morning.
- Greek Yogurt: It’s actually hard to think of any food that truly compares with this tasty diet-friendly treat. Packed with a whopping 20 grams of protein, a 7-ounce serving of tangy Greek yogurt will give you the energy boost you need to start the day.
- Quinoa: Just one cooked cup of this crunchy grain contains 8 grams of protein, plus it’s also an amazing source of magnesium—a powerful mineral that helps you sleep at night.
- Ground Beef: It’s hard to believe that a hamburger can help you lose weight, but if you choose a pack that’s 85 to 95 per cent lean, your muscles will thank you later. Lean meats, like ground beef, help preserve muscle mass—and the more muscle you have, the more efficiently your body burns calories.
- Pork: While a 3-ounce serving of pork contains just 122 calories, it’s also packed with 22 grams of healthy protein. Researchers at Purdue University in Indiana found that people who ate pork reported feeling more full and satisfied than people who dined on other foods.
- Apples: Just one medium apple has about 4 grams of deliciously filling fiber, which helps keep you from snacking on junk food. Another bonus? Apples are actually a great source of disease-fighting antioxidants!
- Oatmeal: Whole-grain oats have one of the highest rankings of any breakfast food option, whether you choose instant or old-fashioned. Aside from containing 8 grams of fiber in one cup, oatmeal also happens to be a whole grain that is digested more slowly than other carbohydrates.
- Black Beans: Not only are black beans high in fiber and protein, but they also provide a healthy dose of complex carbohydrates—which digest in your system slowly to prevent early energy crashes. The high amount of fiber in beans helps them move through your digestive system quickly—to help fight constipation.
- Lentils: These legumes are so high in soluble fiber that they are known for their incredible power to fill dieters up, curb cravings, and keep them from overeating. Soluble fiber also binds to bad cholesterol to help remove it from the body. Bonus: Just one cup of lentils exceeds your daily amount of folate—a B vitamin that has been linked to reducing breast cancer in some women.
- Clementines: Snacking on Clementines is a low-calorie way to satisfy any sweet tooth. At just 35 calories each, Clementines will provide you with the boost of vitamin C you need to stay healthy and ward off nasty colds—plus they’re great for your skin!
- Grapefruit: In addition to being extremely low in calories—just 37 per serving—grapefruit can help banish bloat and constipation. This healthy breakfast food also contains a ton of vitamin C, which has been shown to cut the risk of heart disease.
- Salmon: Studies have shown that salmon—which contains a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids—is an excellent source of protein to help the body build lean muscle and shed fat faster.
- Sardines: These tiny canned fish have a bad rap for being pretty unappetizing. But don’t overlook these delicious little fish. Packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, sardines are far less expensive than fresh fish, like cod and tilapia.
- Kale: This water-rich green is packed with healthy antioxidants to help you stay full and lose weight quickly. At just 34 calories per raw chopped cup, kale is the perfect side dish to pair with just about any meal.
- Spinach: Believe it or not, raw spinach contains just 7 calories per cup—making it the perfect salad staple. Packed with nearly 200% of your daily recommended vitamin K, this leafy green is also a must-know for bone health.
What are your favorite foods to eat to slim down? Tell us in the comments!