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.