Eggs, Greek yogurt, kale, apples, plain chicken breast — you know these weight-loss heroes, but you also know they can get old quick. There are plenty of nutritional superstars that seem to stay out of the spotlight, but do just as much (if not more) to help curb appetite, stoke metabolism, and stop the scale from creeping up. These 27 high-quality weight loss foods can help you drop pounds — and keep them off for good.More
If you don't want to eat one plain, try mashing it with a fork and slathering it on a sandwich in lieu of mayo or other condiments. "Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, folic acid, B vitamins, potassium, and vitamin E," says Janice Bissex, RD, of MealMakeoverMoms.com. "The heart-healthy monounsaturated fat in avocados helps you feel satiated longer so you'll be less inclined to snack. They also act as a nutrient booster by enabling the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients."
This buzzy whole grain is popping up in #SaladBowl situations and burrito assembly lines as a healthy alternative to white rice, and with good reason. "Many assume they need to avoid grains while trying to lose weight, but that's not the case. Whole grains like farro keep us full while contributing a great amount of gut-healthy fiber," says Kayleen St. John, RD, the executive director of nutrition and strategic development at Euphebe. Because it's easy to overboard on this tasty grain, St. John advises keeping your portion size to less than a cup.