One of the easiest ways to help rid yourself of excess weight is to simply include foods in your diet that can improve your results. The six "superfoods" listed below all have well-documented benefits for weight loss, and they can generally be eaten without counting calories, so they can make for healthy, guilt-free snacks on the go. In dieting, food is not the enemy, and can actually be an ally, if you eat the right varieties.
Grapefruit: Grapefruit contains lycopene, which is beneficial for heart health, along with fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Even though grapefruit is sweet, it is low-glycemic and can help regulate the insulin response. Eating grapefruit (or drinking grapefruit juice) with a meal can reduce the number of calories that end up getting stored away as body fat.
Beans: Pinto beans, kidney beans, navy beans, chickpeas, and other types are all good sources of fiber, helping to make you feel full faster, reducing blood-sugar spikes after meals and helping to reduce the absorption of fat in the digestive system. They are also excellent sources of lean protein.
Kale: One cup of chopped Kale – a green, leafy vegetable – has only about 30 calories. it is rich in fiber and calcium and should be a mainstay in salads. Kale is significantly more nutritious (and flavorful) than many of the more common varieties of lettuce that are typically used in salads, such as iceberg, along with being much higher in fiber.
Lentils: Lentils are rich in fiber and protein and are one of the best foods you can eat to help prevent blood sugar and insulin spikes following meals. Lentil soup eaten with a meal can help blunt the effects of high-glycemic foods.
Quinoa: Pronounced KEEN-WA, Quinoa is a South American whole grain that is high in fiber and is a complete protein, containing all nine supplemental amino acids required by the body. It is a very healthy alternative to starchy white rice, and even brown rice. It can also be eaten as a hot cereal.
Eating these six foods alone cannot, of course, guarantee you quick weight loss, but it can certainly speed up your results from following a healthy diet and exercise routine.