25 Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

25 Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight
We’ve compiled some of the best foods for weight loss. Slide through to find out what you should be eating. Getty Images

Sweet, savory, hot, cold: No matter how it's served, food is far more than just a source of energy. It nourishes us spiritually, and a good meal can be a beautiful communal experience that creates lifelong memories.

But sometimes food is the enemy. Eating the wrong type of things—and too much of them—has fueled America's obesity epidemic. Defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as having a Body Mass Index of 30.0 or higher, obesity has been identified as a major factor in diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.

The statistics make grim reading:

•38 percent of American adults are considered obese, according to a study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

•The CDC reports that the rate of children with obesity has tripled since the 1970s.

•An obese person will spend $1,429 more annually on health care costs, the CDC reports.

•The same report found that $147 billion is spent nationwide on preventable chronic diseases and associated costs each year.

The government has responded with a slew of programs, like Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, which aimed to get children more physically active and give them access to healthier food options. But the crisis isn't abating. “We haven’t turned the tide. If anything, rates are continuing to climb upwards,” Dr. David Ludwig of Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health told the New York Times.

Most people know being overweight is unhealthy,  Dr. James Krieger, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington, told the Times. “But just telling people there’s a problem doesn’t solve it."

What can help is knowing more about what goes into a healthy diet. We’ve compiled a list of 25 foods that that can help you lose weight (and hopefully keep it off). Put down that cheeseburger and slide through to find out what you should be eating instead.

1 Eggs

Remember when eggs were considered bad for you because of cholesterol? Based on many studies disproving this outdated information, eggs have once again come to be regarded as one of the healthiest foods you can eat, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. They’re high in protein, low in calories and full of healthy fats.
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2 Eggs
An 8 week study by U.K. researchers found that eggs for breakfast boosted your chances of losing weight compared to other breakfast items, like bagels, cereal, and toast. Getty Images
3 Leafy Greens
Leafy Greens

These include spinach, kale, Swiss chards and collards. They are low in carbs and calories. How do they help you lose weight? The fiber. It fills you up and makes you less hungry.
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4 Leafy Greens
Data from various studies found that people with high fiber diets of leafy greens and other vegetables have, over their lifetimes, lower rates of obesity. Getty Images
5 Salmon

Salmon is one of the best types of fish to eat to lose weight. It’s loaded with nutrients, including iodine, which helps your thyroid, a vital part of what makes your metabolism work and thus keep you healthy. It’s also filled with healthy fats and most important, quality protein.
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6 Salmon
Multiple studies show people aren’t getting enough iodine in their diets. By adding some salmon to your diet, it’ll do you, and your waistline, good. Getty Images
7 Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a power food, that’s for sure. The soluble fiber in it keeps you full, while the carbs give you the energy you need in the morning.
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8 Oatmeal
But make sure you’re eating old fashioned oats or steel cut. The quick oats have been processed so much, many of the health benefits have been been stripped away. Also, the packaged quick oats are often loaded with sugar, which just packs on the pounds. Getty Images
9 Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous is a fancy word for vegetables we all know (and should love): brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. They’re packed with fiber, which is great, but the surprising thing about these vegetables is that they also contain protein.
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10 Cruciferous Vegetables
You know what else is exciting about cruciferous vegetables? They’re cancer-fighting veggies. These vegetables contain isothiocyanates and indole-3-carbinol, which studies have shown to be a natural cancer-fighting component. Getty Images
11 Lean Beef
Lean Beef

Like eggs, beef used to get a bad rap, with little data to back it up. Processed meat like hamburger isn’t great for you, but unprocessed, lean, red meat not only does not raise your risk for heart disease like previously thought, but actually can help you lose weight thanks to the high amounts of protein in it.
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12 Lean Beef
There’s even a bonus for those on a low-carb diet: you can eat fatty red meat. However, if you’re watching your fat intake, stick to lean beef. Getty Images
13 Orange Veggies
Orange Veggies

All those yummy orange vegetables like pumpkin, butternut squash and sweet potatoes are packed with a ton of healthy nutrients made for people looking to drop the pounds. They’re low in calories and full of potassium.
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