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The 20 Most Weight-Loss-Friendly Foods on The Planet (11-15)

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11. Avocados

Avocados are a unique fruit.

While most fruits are high in carbs, avocados are loaded with healthy fats.

They’re particularly high in monounsaturated oleic acid, the same type of fat found in olive oil.

Despite being mostly fat, avocados also contain a lot of water and fiber, making them less energy-dense than you may think.

What’s more, they’re a perfect addition to vegetable salads, as studies show that their fat content can increase carotenoid antioxidant absorption from the vegetables 2.6- to 15-fold.

They also contain many important nutrients, including fiber and potassium.

SUMMARY
Avocados are a good example of a healthy fat source you can include in your diet while trying to lose weight. Just make sure to keep your intake moderate.

12. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is incredibly popular in the natural health community.

It’s often used in condiments like dressings or vinaigrettes, and some people even dilute it in water and drink it.

Several human-based studies suggest that apple cider vinegar can be useful for weight loss.

Taking vinegar at the same time as a high-carb meal can increase feelings of fullness and make people eat 200–275 fewer calories for the rest of the day.

One 12-week study in obese individuals also showed that 15 or 30 ml of vinegar per day caused weight loss of 2.6–3.7 pounds, or 1.2–1.7 kilograms.

Vinegar has also been shown to reduce blood sugar spikes after meals, which may have various beneficial health effects in the long term.

You can find multiple varieties of apple cider vinegar on Amazon.

SUMMARY
Adding apple cider vinegar to your vegetable salad may help curb your appetite, potentially leading to greater weight loss.

13. Nuts

Despite being high in fat, nuts are not as fattening as you would expect.

They're an excellent snack, containing balanced amounts of protein, fiber and healthy fats.

Studies have shown that eating nuts can improve metabolic health and even promote weight loss.

What’s more, population studies have shown that people who eat nuts tend to be healthier and leaner than those who don't.

Just make sure not to go overboard, as they’re still fairly high in calories. If you tend to binge and eat massive amounts of nuts, it may be best to avoid them.

SUMMARY
Nuts can make a healthy addition to an effective weight loss diet when consumed in moderation.

14. Whole Grains

Though cereal grains have received a bad reputation in recent years, some types are definitely healthy.

This includes some whole grains that are loaded with fiber and contain a decent amount of protein.

Notable examples include oats, brown rice and quinoa.

Oats are loaded with beta-glucans, soluble fibers that have been shown to increase satiety and improve metabolic health.

Both brown and white rice can contain significant amounts of resistant starch, particularly if cooked and then allowed to cool afterward.

Keep in mind that refined grains are not a healthy choice, and sometimes foods that have "whole grains" on the label are highly processed junk foods that are both harmful and fattening.

If you're on a very low-carb diet, you'll want to avoid grains, as they’re high in carbs.

But there's otherwise nothing wrong with eating whole grains if you can tolerate them.

SUMMARY
You should avoid refined grains if you’re trying to lose weight. Choose whole grains instead — they’re much higher in fiber and other nutrients.

15. Chili Pepper

Eating chili peppers may be useful on a weight loss diet.

They contain capsaicin, a substance which has been shown to reduce appetite and increase fat burning in some studies.

This substance is even sold in supplement form and a common ingredient in many commercial weight loss supplements.

One study showed that eating 1 gram of red chili pepper reduced appetite and increased fat burning in people who didn't regularly eat peppers.

However, there was no effect in people who were accustomed to eating spicy food, indicating that a certain level of tolerance can build up.

SUMMARY
Eating spicy foods that contain chili peppers may reduce your appetite temporarily and even increase fat burning. However, tolerance seems to build up in those who eat chili regularly.

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