Here's a list of the Top 10 Best Foods to Lose Weight (edited from an eHow article from 2.9.15).
1. Skinless Chicken and Turkey. These are powerhouse foods for lean protein. Protein helps you feel full, and also helps maintain and increase lean muscle mass - the key to a strong metabolism.
2. Berries. Berries generally contain at least 75% water. This helps you feel fuller longer. Berries are also loaded with fiber, which helps support weight loss.
3. Low-Fat Dairy. Low fat dairy such as yogurt, milk and cheese help balance blood sugars and improve your mood. This helps you to avoid overeating or reaching for comfort foods to feel better.
4. Seafood. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are "good" fats. Certain seafood such as salmon, anchovies, oysters and rainbow trout are great sources for omega-3's!
5. Salads. Provided your salad is lower in calories and not drenched with a high-fat dressing, it can provide you with a great dose of fiber and high-quality carbohydrates.
6. Green Vegetables. Broccoli, cabbage and spinach all contain soluble fiber, which keeps you full and helps suppress your appetite. Other greens such as brussels sprouts, kale, artichokes and asparagus have a high water content and are low-calorie.
7. Whole Grains. Whole grain foods are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. High-quality carbohydrates help promote weight loss, and the insoluble fiber lets you eat more food without adding extra calories.
8. Beans. Beans contain soluble fiber which helps control your appetite. Lima, kidney, black, navy and pinto beans are considered to be great beans for weight loss.
9. Nuts. Nuts are generally calorie-dense so eat them in moderation. The healthy fats found in most nuts help to stabilize blood sugars and help you feel full. Healthy nuts include almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios and pine nuts.
10. Oatmeal. Oatmeal breaks down slowly in the stomach, which helps you to avoid a spike in insulin levels. It's filling, contains a lot of fiber, and promotes a healthy metabolism. Your best choice is the unprocessed oatmeal; try to avoid the instant oatmeals that are high in sugar.
By adding healthy foods to your eating plan, the less healthy choices start to get edged out. For example, you're less likely to grab that afternoon candy bar if you had a fiber- and protein-rich lunch! Who knows, you might even start craving broccoli...