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10 foods to help you lose the most weight (that you probably already have in your fridge)

Posted May 20

You already have these foods on hand; might as well take advantage of their amazing weight-loss benefits! (Deseret Photo)

Changing even a few small things in your diet can have amazing benefits for your health. Chances are you probably already have things in your fridge and pantry that can help you drop those unwanted pounds:

1. Eggs

Eggs are an amazing weight-loss food. This breakfast food is low in calories, keeps you full and boosts your metabolism. Over only eight weeks, one study showed people experienced a 65 percent increase in weight loss when they added eggs to their reduced-calorie diet. It’s definitely worth waking up 10 minutes earlier to scramble eggs for breakfast before you rush out the door.

2. Oranges

Tons of health benefits are packed into this small fruit. It promotes weight loss by filling you up with only a few calories. And of course, oranges are known for their vitamin C, which is great for your skin. It helps reduce aging (bye-bye wrinkles) and skin damage. It also boosts your immune system, which helps your body deal with stress. For a multi-threat food, make oranges your go-to snack.

3. Dark chocolate

Yes, you can still sneak in a sweet treat when trying to lose weight! Experts say eating dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao can help you drop those pounds. It also decreases your appetite, making you less likely to reach for a sugary snack later.

4. Oats

People trying to lose weight typically try to avoid carbs, but oats digest slowly, making you feel full longer. It also boosts your metabolism to help you burn even more calories. Avoid instant oatmeal, because those can contain loads of sugar. Try mixing fruit in your bowl of oatmeal or blending it into a smoothie for a healthy and delicious breakfast.

5. Avocados

Avocados help you feel full longer, so you’ll find it easier to avoid snacking in between meals. They’re also loaded with fat, but before you cut avocados out of your diet completely, know they’re full of healthy fat. Avocados contain oil, not solid fat, which helps lower cholesterol. Add half an avocado to your lunch to tie you over until dinner and keep your cholesterol at a healthy level.

6. Grapefruit

Grapefruit has few calories and is loaded with water, both of which promote weight loss. This fruit takes more calories to digest than it contains, so if you want an easy way to burn a few more calories, add grapefruit to your diet.

7. Yogurt

It doesn’t matter whether you prefer low-fat or full-fat yogurt; they both have weight-loss benefits! One study showed high-fat dairy products (such as yogurt) actually correlated with weight loss. Other experts say low-fat yogurt boosts your metabolism and helps you digest your food. No matter which you like better, your body will thank you for adding yogurt to your diet.

8. Carrots

Carrots are the best guilt-free snack. It’s mostly water, so you can fill up on this vegetable without worrying about packing on the calories. It also boosts your metabolism to give you the energy you need to tackle the day ahead of you. Next time you want to grab a bag of chips while watching television, try snacking on carrots instead.

9. Apples

People say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. It turns out it keeps the pounds away, too! This delicious fruit is high in fiber and water, which helps you to stay full longer. Grab an apple on your way out the door for a quick and healthy breakfast or eat it as a mid-day snack.

10. Peanut butter

Who knew losing weight meant you get to eat some of the food you loved as a kid? One study showed that people who added peanut butter to their diet lost an average of 11 pounds after six months. Combine your peanut-butter snacking with daily exercise, which you can easily get from cleaning your house or taking your children to the park. Dip your apples in peanut butter for a yummy, healthy snack even your kids will love.

Add goals to your weight-loss plan one at a time; starting an intense diet, workout schedule and counting your calories is a lot to take on at once. Begin by eating a little healthier, then gradually change your lifestyle to become a happier and healthier you.

Shaelynn Miller is a journalist who has a passion for photography, video production and writing.

Contact her at smiller@deseretdigital.com.

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