Don’t go looking for weight loss pills or appetite suppressants any longer!
If you really want to lose weight naturally, all you have to do is eat MORE of the right foods.
Here, I’ll give you a run down of 25 of the best paleo foods that have clinically been proven to effectively assist with weight loss.
Believe it or not, eating more of the right types of food can actually help you to lose weight and whittle down your waistline.
What makes certain foods so effective in assisting with weight loss is what they contain.
As I have always said, nature has provided us with all that we need to live healthy, fit and long lives. However, man’s unnatural interference with food (such as chemical food processing) has caused the health benefits of these natural foods to become compromised.
When left in their natural state, food can be extremely healthy and can contribute towards us all living healthier – and slimmer – lives!
The 25 foods in this list all contain active ingredients known to assist with weight loss by either boosting the metabolism, suppressing the appetite or regulating blood sugar levels.
These ingredients include:
- pectin, a soluble fibre that helps to make you feel full and therefore satisfied. Pectin has also been shown to help suppress the appetite, thereby further assisting with weight loss. Pectin also assists in reducing the amount of fat the body’s cells absorb.
- anthocyanin, an antioxidant flavonoid sub-class which can alter gene activity in fat cells, making it harder to gain weight.
- serotonin, the feel-good hormone, which can act as an appetite suppressant. Higher serotonin levels may also help diminish stress levels – a big bonus when it comes to reducing the waistline.
- protein, which leaves you feeling full rather quickly and keeps you feeling full. Protein also helps to build lean muscle mass. Ghrelin, the body’s hormone that tells your mind that you are hungry, is suppressed when your stomach is full, so eating high-protein foods will naturally help you to lose weight.
- fibre, which also naturally leaves you feeling fuller sooner and for longer. This is because fibre contains the naturally released anti-appetite molecule called acetate which can actively help you to lose weight.
- monounsaturated fatty acids, which can help diminish belly fat. Unlike trans fats, monounsaturated fats are actually good for you and have been found to effect fat distribution in the body more favorably than saturated fats. Research has also found that monounsaturated fats appear to activate certain genes that encourage less fat to be stored in the body.
- Capsaicin, which is the compound found in peppers that makes them spicy, and are known to contain metabolism-boosting properties which stimulate energy release, especially when taken before exercising, and continue to work even whilst sleeping. This is because capsaicin affects the production of the thyroid hormone that controls adrenaline and dopamine – hormones that regulate appetite.
- Dairy. Studies have shown that people who eat dairy as part of a calorie-controlled diet tend to lose more weight than those who do not. This is due to dairy’s high protein content. However, the high levels of calcium in milk may also contribute to weight loss. (The paleo ‘community’ are divided as to whether or not dairy is acceptable. As milk has been available since time immemorial, I cannot comprehend why dairy would not be considered paleo as I’m sure that cavemen foresaw no digestive health issues involved when consuming the milk from a couple of dinosaurs and woolly mammoths! (Seriously though, some of these people who consider themselves to be the ‘paleo police’ really need to chill… If it’s been around from day dot, not artificially processed in any way and all-natural then, in my opinion, it’s paleo.)
- amino acid L-arginine. Amino acids play a significant role in weight loss in that they stimulate the body to produce enough fat-burning hormones so that the body is burning fat instead of storing it.
Right, so that’s the science bit over!
Now let’s take a look at the foods which, in varying quantities, contain the above ingredients and as a result make it possible to actually eat more of them AND still lose weight!
By adding the following foods to your paleo diet, you’re bound to see significant weight loss.
It really is as simple as that.
Eat More of These 25 Foods to Lose More Weight – The Flat Stomach Paleo Diet
Apples contain high levels of pectin, making them ideal snacks that will easily fill you up whilst also suppressing the appetite.
Apples also contain fibre, which has been scientifically proven to also leave you feeling fuller for longer, thus removing the need to snack on anything unhealthy between meals, thereby helping you to lose weight.
Consuming foods which contain fibre can also slow down the digestion process of food, reducing your weight even further, which is great for all regular apple eaters.
Avocados are known for their ability to keep you full, reduce belly fat, as well as lower cholesterol.
Eat enough of this gorgeous, creamy, delectable fruit and you’ll reduce you’re waistline in no time, thanks to its high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids which help to prevent fat from being stored in the body.
Avocados are also rich in vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin K, fibre and potassium, making them also a healthy food choice.
This utterly gorgeous flat-stomach inducing avocado, chicken and chickpeas salad can be considered as THE perfect weight loss salad as the recipe is full of ingredients all known to assist with weight loss.
Whatever the colour or name, be it raspberry, goldenberry or blueberry, they’re all good.
Berries all contain high levels of the antioxidant anthocyanin thus, regular consumption will hinder weight gain. The blacker the berry, the higher the anthocyanin content (hence blueberries dark hue).
To keep the fat at bay, whip up a batch of these banana and blueberry muffins today!
These tasty balls of goodness are one of the top twenty most nutrient-dense foods available and as a result, they can even be considered a superfood!
Brussels sprouts are also low in fat and a great source of fibre, making them an excellent weight loss inducing vegetable.
The sulfur content in Brussels sprouts (which is often released when they are overcooked and is probably the reason why some may find the smell of sprouts off putting) makes them ideal for detoxification purposes, as sulfur helps to rid the body of toxins.
So, in a nutshell, Brussels sprouts will keep you slim as well as healthy! What’s not to like?
Try this delicious bowl of sprouts with warm bacon, chestnuts and quinoa today.
6. Chia Seeds
Fibre, protein and omega-3, chia seeds have them all.
This excellent source of protein, fibre and healthy fats will keep you energized for longer.
Not only that, but as they swell when added to liquid, chia seeds go even further by leave you feeling fuller, with only a small amount of needed.
Try this refreshing mango chia pudding for a perfect start to the day and an ever decreasing waistline.
Cucumbers are especially good at tackling bloat and therefore reducing the waistline due to their high water content and, being low in calories, you can consume a fair amount of them without piling on the extra pounds.
A regular sized unpeeled cucumber contains, on average, just 45 calories, which is a minimal amount compared to the RDA of 1,500 calories.
They are also high in essential nutrients and vitamins (including vitamins C and K) and low in sodium, making them an ideal weight loss food.
All in all, cucumbers are one of the top foods to include as part of your diet for all of the reasons above.
Add a refreshing cucumber, mint and lime detox water recipe to your daily routine to see a significant reduction in your weight.
Thanks to their high flavonoid content, dark chocolate is your ideal stress-busting, waist-whittling tasty treat.
The flavonoids in dark chocolate are procyanidins and epicatechinsis, both of which are known to decrease body fat. They both contribute to minimize the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and fats in the body.
Dark chocolate also contains the hormones insulin, ghrelin and leptin, all of which control one’s appetite. As a result, eating dark chocolate will leave you with a feeling of satiety.
Chocolate also contains fibre which contains the appetite zapping compound, acetate.
So, my friends, feel guilt-free to get some dark chocolate in your mouth and chow down!
Add it to brownie recipes, sprinkle the superfood cocoa nibs on your morning smoothie bowl, or try out this amazing Raw Vegan Matcha Snickers Cheesecake recipe to gain the slimming benefits of dark chocolate.
Coincidentally cocoa nibs contain forty times more antioxidants than blueberries and are super high in magnesium, iron, fibre, calcium and waist-thinning flavonoids.
Apart from containing high levels of muscle-building protein and being essentially carbohydrate free, eggs contain a mere 80 calories each, making them the perfect fat busting food.
Due to their high protein content, eggs can also boost your metabolism, thereby reducing your weight even further.
Due to their high protein content, eggs are also nutrient-dense which makes them leave you feeling full, as well as have the ability to decrease one’s appetite, reducing your calorie intake even further.
Eggs-tremely (see what I did there?) versatile, eggs can be added to several recipes, including low fat cloud bread, and can be cooked in several different ways. Try whipping up a batch of these fat zapping 15 minute bacon and egg baskets for a healthy breakfast.
Fish is naturally low in calories and therefore excellent to add to your weight loss diet.
Fish is also high in lean protein which means that it will keep you fuller for longer, another factor that will see the weight drop off.
Being high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids and low in unhealthy saturated fats, fish goes that little bit further to reducing the pounds and all in all, when cooked healthily, fish is a great weight loss aid.
11. Grass fed beef
Beef has long been known for its high protein content.
However, not all beef is good for you. Unfortunately, not all cows graze happily, skipping through fields and mooing “Kumbya” before making it to our plates.
A lot of cows are factory reared and pumped full of drugs, making them not only unhealthy but also unsuitable for human – let alone paleo – consumption.
The ideal type of beef to get is grass-fed beef as this is supposedly sustained from cows who are able to roam free and consume grass, just as nature intended.
As a result, beef sustained from grass-fed cows is healthier, cleaner and of a much higher protein content. Grass-fed beef is also low in fat and thus, you can literally eat a whole cow and still be consuming less fat than a packet of jam donuts. (Well, maybe not quite, but you get my drift.)
However, thanks to the high protein content in beef which help to enhance satiety, a small plate of sirloin steak will suffice and help to get the pounds dropping off… without the need to gorge on any donuts afterwards.
Greek yoghurt goes a long way to assist with weight loss.
Studies have found that the probiotics in Greek yoghurt helped obese women lose double the amount of weight compared to those who did not consume any.
The calcium content in yoghurt also plays an active part in weight loss.
Furthermore, as Greek yoghurt contains more protein than plain yoghurt, regular consumption of Greek yoghurt will definitely assist in getting your body beach ready.
The fruit with the highest protein content, guava contains more than 5 grams of protein per cup, as well as 10 grams of fibre. This makes guava an excellent fat busting fruit on the basis of its high protein and fibre content alone, as you will be left filling full from just a small amount.
At only 110 calories, guava is also low in fat, and with over 500% of your RDA of vitamin C (equivalent to eight oranges!) included in this tiny wonder fruit, guava is also extremely nutrient-rich.
Include in juices, smoothies and salads to enjoy the full benefits of this fat melting fruit.
14. Hemp Seeds
By weight, hemp seeds provide more high quality protein than beef or fish!
Derived from the hemp plant responsible for marijuana (and before you ask, the answer is ‘no’… ), these little gems pack a powerful protein punch and thus, are extremely effective as a weight loss aid.
Hemp seeds contain a considerable amount of fatty acids which also contribute to weight loss.
They reduce the amount of fat stored in the body, reduce your waistline, minimise hunger, keep you satiated for longer and build muscle mass.
Add to your meals, salads or blend them up to include in soups and smoothies and I can guarantee you that with regular consumption, you will definitely be needing to go clothes shopping to buy smaller sized clothes in less than no time!
(However, I cannot equally guarantee their effectiveness if added to unhealthy meals such as fry ups or fat laden desserts!)
What makes hummus the a perfect snack is the fact that this chickpea based spread is full of belly filling and waist whittling fibre and protein, both of which sustain your appetite for longer.
Research has found that those who regularly consume hummus – which is naturally low in calories – relatively weigh less than their non-hummus eating counterparts, and also have smaller waists.
Chickpeas also have an extremely low glycemic index and contain complex carbohydrates, meaning that they are digested by the body slowly and keep you fuller for hours.
To receive the full and natural benefits of hummus, opt to make your own batch using dried chickpeas rather than the tinned variety.
16. Lean Meat
Lean meat is an excellent source of protein for building muscle mass and is extremely effective at keeping you fuller for longer.
Lean meats include turkey and chicken and, being naturally low in calories, are a perfect low fat option for those seeking to lose weight.
For meat to qualify as lean, it must contain no more than 5g of saturated fat and 10g of fat in total.
Try this hot thyme and lime spicy chicken recipe for a great weight loss meal. Thanks to its pepper content, it also includes the metabolism boosting ingredient capsaicin, making it doubly effective in reducing the pounds!
Plain and simple, lemon is excellent for weight loss.
Lemon has long been known for its cleansing properties. It contains a fair amount of vitamin C, is less than 25 calories and is also a natural diuretic. Drinking hot water infused with lemon is extremely good for cleansing the liver and flushing out waste and toxins, as well as aid digestion and thus, can assist with weight loss.
Lemon is also known to speed up your metabolism which can contribute to further weight loss.
Flavonoids are also present in lemons, an antioxidant known to increase weight loss.
Making a fresh batch of lemon tea every morning will go a long way to help cleanse your body of toxins and reduce the pounds, especially around your waistline. This delicious lemon, ginger and passionfruit tea is a MUST for those seeking a slimmer figure.
I’ve personally been drinking this specific lemon tea every morning for decades and cannot swear by it enough for its weight loss and cleansing benefits. Implement it immediately into your morning routine and you’ll never look back!
Research has found that the flavour – and even smell – of mint can send signals to your brain to stop eating.
A study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who simply sniffed peppermint several hours a day lost approximately half a stone in a month!
A natural superfood, mint is high in vitamins, minerals and fibre, meaning that when added to your diet it literally fills you up with little desire to eat anything for a while.
Even though there is some debate as to whether or not eating mint actually leads to weight loss, if the scent alone is sufficient as a weight loss aid, then it’s benefit cannot be denied.
Steep some fresh mint leaves in hot water to make mint tea and drink, without sugar, several times throughout the day to see some significant weight loss and reduction in your waistline.
Again, adding a refreshing and thirst quenching mint, cucumber and lime detox water recipe to your daily diet will diminish your weight, as well as your waistline.
(As this recipe includes cucumber, another superfood weight loss ingredient on this list, you just know you’ll see results!)
Research has shown that those who regularly consume nuts have higher levels of the appetite suppressant hormone serotonin.
Furthermore, as serotin is also an anti-stress hormone, it can further reduce your waistline as stress has been associated with stomach bloat.
The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition have found that L-arginine rich almonds can also help to burn more fat during workouts.
Consuming just a handful of nuts on a daily basis has been found to decrease weight effectively in as little as two weeks!
So to see the pounds fall off, add nuts to your daily diet. The best nuts known to help with weight loss are almonds, pistachios, cashews and walnuts.
This small, yet powerful, vegetable is known for its excellent weight loss benefits.
Just one cup of green peas contains eight times the protein of a cup of spinach (another food associated with weight loss) and approximately all of the RDA of vitamin C!
So just adding a small amount of peas to your diet will stave off hunger pangs, as well as give you the essential nutrients and vitamins needed to stay healthy.
Peas are also high in fibre and resistant starch, which is another AMAZING weight loss ingredient. Resistant starch is a dietary fibre usually found in non-paleo foods such as potatoes and beans and is known to increase the body’s ability to burn fat, as well as slow down the body’s digestion process, thereby increasing weight loss.
Therefore, for resistant starch to be present in peas is a great bonus for those on the paleo diet wishing to lose weight.
Unfortunately, there are again some within the paleo police who will state that peas aren’t paleo as they consider them to fall into the legume category, which I disagree with as peas have been found to actually have played a part in the Paleolithic diet (just as have oats, another food that the paleo police condemn), have considerably less lectins than legumes, and are extremely good for you.
Try this tasty pea, feta and walnut salad (which also includes spinach) which when eaten regularly, can assist with your weight loss goals.
Capsaicin, a plant compound found in peppers, activates fat burning enzymes.
Research has also shown that consuming foods which include pepper suppresses the appetite.
Pepper has also been found to boost your metabolism, which can lead to further weight loss.
One of my most popular weight loss and low fat recipes is this authentic Nigerian beef stew, which includes the fiery weight zapping scotch bonnet pepper and contains minimal fat. Include it in your diet for a filling and delicious meal.
In the past pork has had a bad rep as it was previously believed to be high in fat and therefore bad for you. However a serving of pork tenderloin has slightly less fat than a skinless chicken breast!
It has approximately 20 grams of protein per serving, which is a fair amount for weight loss purposes. Nutritional studies have found that those who regularly consumed a diet rich in lean pork actually saw a reduction in their waistlines and stomachs after just three months.
This was found to be due to the high protein and amino acid content present in pork, both of which reduce weight whilst increasing muscle mass.
Even the rind – the fatty bit on pork (and my favourite bit) is healthy because it is mainly monounsaturated fat (the good kind found in olive oil).
A recipe of lean pork with peaches and quinoa* can help you to lose the extra pounds without compromising on taste.
High in fibre, as well as being naturally low in fat, porridge is an obvious choice when it comes to eating foods which accelerate weight loss.
A serving of porridge made from oats typically contains just 12% of one’s RDA of calories (based on a 1,500 calorie diet).
(Again, there are a certain group who consider oats to not be paleo as they are a grain. However, evidence has shown that grains WERE consumed in the Paleolithic era, thereby arguably making grains paleo!!! 😲😲😲)
Studies have found that those who regularly consumed porridge oats had considerably smaller waistlines than those who did not eat porridge oats and this is said to be because porridge has been found to boost the metabolism, as well as enhance satiety, and thereby reduce the desire to eat more later on.
Overnight oats are a great way to start your day as they contain minimal fat and can be easily made the night before.
This batch of pumpkin overnight oats is so rich and creamy that you’ll be forgiven for also wanting it for lunch and dinner!
24. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes contain high levels of dietary fibre, which is known to assist with weight loss due to its ability to keep you feeling satiated for long periods as the fibre works as a bulking agent, therefore enabling you to resist the urge to snack between healthy meals.
As fibre takes a long time to digest, this is another weight loss bonus due to the fact that again, you will be left satiated for a lengthy period whilst the food digests.
Typically one sweet potato is a mere 100 calories which, at just over 6% of your RDA of 1,500 calories per day, makes sweet potatoes a good weight loss food option.
High in nutrients and vitamins (including vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3 and B6), sweet potatoes also have a low glycemic index rating.
A portion of oven roasted sweet potatoes makes for a perfect low fat lunch. Try these oven roasted sweet potato chips with a beetroot yoghurt dip today.
Tomatoes are hailed by many as one of the best weight loss foods and points to the fact that the mediterranean diet – which frequently includes tomatoes – is the reason why people from this area have been found to be significantly slimmer than those who do not regularly include tomatoes in their diet.
This is because tomatoes reverse leptin (a protein which regulates appetite) resistance.
Tomatoes also reduce water retention, another factor that can aid weight loss, especially around the stomach area.
Tomatoes are also a natural detoxicant due to their high levels of vitamins A and C, natural antioxidants known to flush the body of toxins.
Tomatoes are also high in vitamins, including biotin, a B vitamin known to increase the metabolism and therefore reduce weight even further.
Low in fat, calories and carbohydrates, yet high in fibre, try to regularly include fresh tomatoes into your juice, salad and weekly food recipes as part of a calorie controlled diet and you should notice a reduction in your waistline in no time!
So there we have it!
Twenty five effective weight loss foods that, when consumed regularly, will definitely see the pounds drop off and produce a flatter stomach.
Try to regularly implement them into your diet to see amazing results as all of these foods to some extent naturally contain high levels of all of the weight loss components previously mentioned.
So instead of looking for processed supplements to help you lose weight, take your pick from any of the above recipes that have all been researched with weight loss in mind.
You’ll be so glad you did!
*Without wanting to label anyone as a paleo fanatic or the ‘paleo police’, I will say for one last time that unless anyone is having direct contact with the dead Palaeolithic people, nobody can state as a categorical fact what was consumed in that era and therefore nobody can dictate to others what is or isn’t truly paleo.
To this day, scientists are producing new findings about what was consumed by mankind in previous eras, findings which subsequently negate previous findings and conclusions and thus, anybody believing that they are a latter day spokesperson for the Paleolithic people, is having a (probable sage smoke-infused) Paleolithic laugh…
There is some evidence that the Paleolithic people actually consumed foods such as oats (GRAINS!) by grinding them up beforehand.
It has also been discovered that the Paleolithic people consumed peas (also considered a PLANT) by soaking them first before roasting.
Roasting peas does not make the peas become a chemically-processed or refined food and smoking meat is a process still used today.
Does this therefore mean that roasting meat causes it to become unrefined or processed and thus, no longer a part of the paleo diet?
Last time I checked, it most certainly does not!
Therefore, if foods that have been found to have been consumed by the Paleolithic people are today being condemned as ‘non paleo’ by the paleo police, something is clearly wrong.
Furthermore, one would be hard pressed to find any food, be it animal or plant, that has not drastically mutated over time since the Paleolithic era into what we now consume today and so, to assume that anyone can accurately attempt to mimic a diet that in it’s original form literally no longer exists, is again, having a Flintstone’s giant rock sized bubble.
I myself am no spokesperson for the paleo diet, just someone who over time, has found my body to have had adverse reactions to refined and processed carbohydrates and, as a result, have opted to change my diet to what I believe to be similar to that of the Paleolithic era.
However, I will not have anyone dictate to me what I should eat, just as I would never dictate to anyone else what they should eat.
I can only advice on what works best for me and, through research, what I know to work for others but I will never get into a debate concerning what may be right or wrong with a particular diet.
In my opinion, if it grows from the ground/goes “moo”, “cluck” or “baa”/is gluten free/is scientifically ‘proven’to have been around for donkey’s years (pre-agricultural)/ and is chemical free, then it’s paleo.
Even one of the paleo police’s biggest “no-no’s” – quinoa – can be naturally ‘processed‘ from it’s original PLANT state, without the need for chemical interference of any kind.
Too many people within the paleo police have too much barking time on their hands and as a result, too often run around going “woof”…
Anyone who has time to be getting into a grain or legume debate, but yet is not old enough to actually recall the Paleolithic era – and in particular, has no recollection of what the Paleolithic people actually consumed – should really replace their bowl of (21st century) food with a peace pipe and chill.
Seriously, just chill!
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