5 Foods That Are Great for Your Weight and Your Health!

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Weight loss foods tend to get a bad rap. Tasteless, unsatisfying, or downright loathsome is how many diet foods have been described in the past, but it doesn’t have to be that way! You can eat great-tasting, healthy foods that can actually help you lose a few pounds, and provide your body with some great health benefits, too. Being fit and healthy doesn’t have to mean a long life filled with eating unsatisfying foods, in fact it means just the opposite. Here are five of the foods that will have you looking great, getting healthier and looking forward to food again!

    1. The Fill-me-up snack: Popcorn. Reaching for popcorn as a snack is a smart and tasty choice. Just make sure you’re getting the right kind of popcorn. Heading to the movie theater is not the time to nab this snack, as most theater popcorn is loaded with butter, oil, and salt! Have some air-popped popcorn at home, which contains only 30 calories in a cup, and flavor it up with cinnamon, chili powder, or another of your favorite seasonings.
    2. The New Kid on the Block: Greek Yogurt. If Greek yogurt seems to be everywhere you look these days, there’s a good reason! Packed with protein, this treat can boost your energy (a great mid-afternoon slump snack?), and the plain nonfat version can be used as a substitute for mayonnaise or sour cream in many recipes.
    3. The Familiar Standby: Oatmeal. There’s a reason you’ve been eating this food since you were a kid. It’s packed with whole grains, which means it will keep you feeling fuller, longer. It’s also packed with a healthy dose of fiber, and can easily be dressed up with fruit, or used in recipes, like meatloaf.
    4. The Misunderstood Meat: Lean Ground Beef. We all hear a lot about how it’s unhealthy to eat a lot of red meat. However, there are many benefits to eating the 85%-95% lean ground beef. It helps you build and maintain muscle mass, which in turn helps your body burn calories more efficiently. Plus, it’s so versatile; you can use it in a wide variety of recipes.
    5. The Good-for-you Oil: Olive Oil. Fats, oils, and sweets are bad if eaten in excess. But olive oil, when used in moderation, provides a host of healthy benefits. It’s full of antioxidants, which can help your body fight the effects of aging, plus it can help with inflammation, which leads to a number of chronic diseases. It also has the right kind of fat, monounsaturated, which your body needs.

    We need to eat to live, and sometimes many of us live to eat. Just because you’re cutting back or focusing on health doesn’t mean you need to face a future of tasteless foods. Eating fresh, natural, whole foods can help you slim down, live healthier, and prep your body for a longer life.

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