12 Foods for a Flourishing Diet

Let’s face it. Los­ing weight can be a task of her­culean pro­por­tions. Some­times, just know­ing what to eat and what not to eat can make your head spin. Many prod­ucts that adver­tise them­selves as “low-fat” or “zero calo­rie” are deceiv­ingly adver­tised and aren’t all that healthy for you.

Still, there are plenty of healthy alter­na­tives out there that help pro­mote weight loss and keep you feel­ing fine. Here are twelve great foods for help­ing kick fat to the curb:

  • Water: Zero calo­ries, needed to help with metab­o­lism, fills you up, and keeps you hydrated.
  • Chicken: High in pro­tein, low in fat (if eaten skin­less), fill­ing, and very versatile.
  • Salmon: Loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, Vit­a­min D, low in calo­ries and high in protein.
  • Olive Oil: A source of good fats, helps you to feel satiated.
  • Eggs: A good source of pro­tein, some stud­ies have shown that start­ing the day off with an egg helps you eat less the rest of the day.
  • Yogurt: Low in fat, great for a snack, con­tains bac­te­ria that helps your diges­tive tract.
  • Spinach and other leafy greens: Full of vit­a­mins, min­er­als, and antiox­i­dants, very low in fat and calories,
  • Grape­fruit: High in fiber, Vit­a­min C, and water con­tent. Some stud­ies have shown that grape­fruit reg­u­lates insulin, aid­ing weight loss.
  • Oat­meal: Good for an energy boost, low in fat and calo­ries, and tastes great when you add fruit.
  • Apples: Low calo­ries, fill­ing, ver­sa­tile, and comes in its own packaging.
  • Broc­coli: High in min­er­als and vit­a­mins, fill­ing, works great raw or cooked.
  • Rice: Packed with fiber, inex­pen­sive, although be sure to go with brown rice rather than white rice. White rice loses much of its nutri­tional value dur­ing processing.

And just for good mea­sure, here are five foods you should avoid like the plague if you want to lose weight:

  • Fried any­thing: Fried foods are high in cho­les­terol and fat, and very low in nutri­tional value.
  • White bread or white rice: Refined grains lose much of their nutri­tional value dur­ing pro­cess­ing. What’s left is eas­ily con­verted to sugar, and then fat, by the body.
  • “Reduced fat” or “fat free” prod­ucts: Fat free doesn’t mean low calo­rie and many times, sub­stances are added to make the prod­uct taste bet­ter, off­set­ting any benefit.
  • Mar­garine: High in fat and calo­ries, basi­cally, it’s fla­vored shortening.
  • Arti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers: Our bod­ies aren’t built to process these man-made bad boys, and they con­tribute to a plethora of health issues.