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10 foods to help you lose weight

Published : Aug 8, 2018, 1:38 pm IST
Updated : Aug 8, 2018, 1:38 pm IST

Different food travel different metabolic pathways in human body and has different effects on hunger and number of calories one burns.

From whole eggs, to leafy greens, and even grapefruit, here are food items that can help lose weight. (Photo: Pixabay)
 From whole eggs, to leafy greens, and even grapefruit, here are food items that can help lose weight. (Photo: Pixabay)

Not all types of food add on kilos to your body. Different food travel different metabolic pathways in the human body and can have vastly different effects on hunger, hormones and the number of calories one burns.

Here are 10 food items that are weight-loss-friendly:

Whole eggsWhole eggs

Whole eggs: Contrary to popular beliefs, studies now show that eggs neither adversely affect blood cholesterol nor cause heart attacks. They’re one of the best foods to eat if one needs to lose weight, as they’re high in protein, healthy fats and can make one feel full with a very low amount of calories.

Being dense in nutrients that also help one get all nutrients in a calorie-restricted diet.


Leafy Greens: Kale, spinach among others have several properties that make them perfect for a weight loss diet, such as being low in calories and carbohydrates and loaded with fibre.

Eating them increases volume of meals without increasing calories. They are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.

Boiled potatoesBoiled potatoes

Boiled potatoes: While often misrepresented, they contain an incredibly diverse range of nutrients.

High in potassium, white, boiled potatoes scored the hiest on the Satiety Index. This means that by eating white, boiled potatoes, one naturally feels full and eats less of other foods.


Tuna: Another low-calorie, high-protein food, it so low in fat and popular among bodybuildres or models as they are a great way to increase protein intake while keeping total calories and fat low.

Beans and legumesBeans and legumes

Beans and legumes: This includes lentils, black beans, kidney beans and some others. They tend to be high in protein and fiber, which are two nutrients that have been shown to lead to satiety and also tend to contain some resistant starch.


Soups: Meals and diets with a low energy density tend to make people eat fewer calories. You can add water to it to turn it into a soup. Studies have shown that eating the exact same food turned into a soup  makes people feel more satiated and eat significantly fewer calories

Cottage CheeseCottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese: Cottage cheese boosts protein intake. It’s also very satiating, making one feel full with a relatively low number of calories. Dairy products are also high in calcium, which may aid fat burning.


Avocados: While fruits are high in carbs, avocados are loaded with healthy fats, partoicularly monounsaturated oleic acid. Avocados are a good example of a healthy fat source one can include in the diet while trying to lose weight.


Chili pepper: They contain capsaicin, a substance which has been shown to reduce appetite and increase fat burning in some studies.


Grapefruit: In a 12-week study with over ninety obese indiviuduals, eating half a fresh grapefruit before meals led to weight loss of 1.6 kg. Studies indicate that grapefruit may suppress appetite and reduce calorie intake when eaten before meals. It’s worth a try if you want to lose weight.

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