4 Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

4 Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

Dieting to lose weight can often feel like it's about deprivation. After all, you have to cut out many foods in order to create a caloric deficit resulting in fat loss. In reality, there are actually some foods you can eat that are known for boosting weight loss efforts. These foods may spike your metabolism, or make it easier for you to eat less in the long run. Want to know which foods naturally help you lose weight? Check out the four nutritious and delicious options below.

1. Hot peppers

Peppers don't only add a kick to your food — they also kick up your metabolism. Peppers contain a chemical, capsaicin, that is known to make your metabolism speed up and your body burn calories more quickly. Try adding a tablespoon of a chopped hot pepper to your foods — like jalapeno or Thai green chilies. One additional benefit? Studies have shown that people naturally eat less of a meal when the flavor is spicy.

2. Granny smith apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and an apple a day may just keep the pounds away, too. Apples are a low calorie, nutrient-dense food, meaning they can fill up your stomach while adding very few calories. Also, in a 2014 study about apples published in Food Chemistry, scientists found that compounds in the Granny Smith apple, in particular, aid in the growth of good colon bacteria, which helps stabilize your satiety, preventing you from eating too much.

3. Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is a delicious treat, and it also contains catechins, which are a type of antioxidant known to raise a person's resting metabolism by up to four percent. Dark chocolate also has a moderate amount of caffeine, which can give you an energy spike and help you be more active to burn more calories, naturally. Try having a small amount of dark chocolate early in the day — having too much too late may provide you with too many calories and an overload of caffeine that can disrupt your sleep.

4. Grapefruit

Grapefruit has long been considered an effective diet food, and that's because it works. In a recent study done by the University of California at Berkeley, scientists found that grapefruit both triggers weight loss and helps reverse the effects of a high-fat diet. They believe that the weight loss effect can be traced to a compound in grapefruits called naringin, a flavanoid that has been directly linked to weight control.