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10 Foods for Weight Loss that You Should Have in Your Fridge

Making wholesome health decisions cannot get any tougher.  The so-called healthy foods that you have in your fridge may actually conceal their sinister back label secrets in tiny prints, rendering you totally oblivious of how much sugar, sodium, and calorie content they have. Are you prepared to rid your kitchen of all those junk?  This article will show you only the no-nonsense healthy options that you can stock in your fridge.

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1) Salmon

Not a fish eater? Don’t worry, salmon tastes a lot like your favorite meat, sans the bad cholesterol. Not only an excellent source of protein, salmon is brimming with omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fat. Omega-3 shields your heart from fat buildup. Monounsaturated fat, the very same kind of fat you find in olives and avocados, functions a lot more beneficially than those that you are trying to avoid. Not only does it taste great, it also makes you feel full and eat a lot less.

2) Eggs

Don’t be afraid to keep eggs in your fridge. They are actually good for you. They are loaded with Vitamin E, which keeps you full quicker and longer.  It is a common misconception that egg yolks are unsafe to eat. But don’t you know that they actually contain protein that stimulates the release of glucagon, a hormone that can help you burn those muffin tops? Now you know.

3) Whole Wheat Tortillas

Whole wheat tortillas are loaded with complex carbs, which keep your blood sugar levels in check. If you’re in savory mood, you can drizzle it with low-fat shredded chess and toast it for a sumptuously healthy snack. There are only 92 calories in each piece, so eating even two of it would still be guilt-free!

4) Broccoli

If you hated broccoli when you were a kid, you are going to love it now, especially if you wish to lose weight! Your former dinner plate enemy is loaded with 2.4 grams of fiber and contains only 23 calories for a half cup serving. Broccoli is also rich in Vitamin C and Beta Carotene, antioxidants that curb the development of heart disease and cancer.

5) Cottage Cheese

Are you a cheese lover? If you want to lose weight without having to give up on this favorite food, then try cottage cheese. It is a perfect alternative to the fat-saturated, less healthy toppings like cheddar and mayonnaise. It is packed with casein, a type of protein known for its ability to clot in the stomach, making you feel fuller longer. For a tasty, healthy nibble, dip raw veggies in low-or non-fat cottage cheese or toss it with your favorite fruit and almonds.

6) Blueberries

Already regarded as nutrient powerhouse, blueberries are also effective in fighting the bulge. America’s top nutrition experts carried out a study on the major health benefits of blueberries and revealed that they significantly affect the way our bodies process sugar and fat. Further, in an experiment conducted by scientists on obese rats (feeding them with blueberries), results showed that the animals lost a remarkable amount of fat on their stomachs. The rats also displayed lower cholesterol and enhanced blood sugar levels.

So the next time you feel the urge to snack on junk food, remind yourself to have a cup of blueberries instead. After all, it only contains 83 calories.

7) Pears

With pears kept in your fridge, you can satiate your sweet tooth and won’t have to miss your favorite ice cream flavor. Boasting 96 calories per cup, they are among the most versatile fruits out there. Whichever way they’re prepared, whether cooked, poached with wine, or baked with brown sugar, they are a great food choice for weight loss. Their naturally sweet taste helps you fight the urge to opt for unhealthy, sugary foods.  Additionally, the high fiber content in pears helps inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the colon, keeps you full for longer hours, lowers your cholesterol levels, and blunts the effect of sugar in your body.

8) Grapefruit

Fruits are truly miraculous weight loss foods, and one type that is a must-have in your fridge is the grapefruit. For many years, it has been instrumental in promoting weight loss. In fact, this fruit is the star of the world-famous “grapefruit diet.” Studies have shown that eating grapefruit can help an individual lose 10 pounds in as short as 10 days. So how does grapefruit foster weight loss? For one, it is low in calories, only 34.4 calories per serving. Add to that, it bears a substance that is effective in lowering insulin levels, thus preventing eventual fat storage. Other than its calorie-burning properties, grapefruit is also chock-full with health-boosting nutrients, such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Niacin and Riboflavin.

9) Dark Chocolates

You will be glad to know that dark chocolates can satisfy your fondness for sweets and help you lose weight all at the same time. Moderate consumption of dark chocolate will drastically slow down your digestive process, making you feel full right away.  Like the other foods in this list, dark chocolate is also rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, healthy fats that can rev up your metabolism. With a faster metabolic rate, you will be able to burn calories more efficiently. Dark chocolate is also rich in the flavonoids, antioxidants that help you combat aging and protect you from heart diseases and cancer.

10) Avocados

Although seemingly counter-intuitive, avocados can, in fact, give you a reason not to be afraid of including fats in your diet. As mentioned earlier, they contain the same healthy fats as salmon– monounsaturated fats. Not only an excellent source of fiber and protein, avocados also contain oleic acid, a compound in monounsaturated fats that helps ease your hunger. Stick to a half a slice of avocado every day, and notice that belly bulge melt away.

Even if you find yourself still awake at midnight, you need not worry if you have to eat again. Keep these foods in your fridge, and you’re good to enjoy those late-night nibbles without having to be so guilty about your weight!

Felix is a lifelong health nut who believes that what we eat will ultimately determine how long we live. You can see more of his writing at his health and fitness blog Fitz101, where he shows everyday people how to get healthy.

1 Comment

  1. Elizabeth

    April 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

    It’s always good to see chocolate on a list like this!

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