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Foods That Help You Lose Weight

Studies show that choosing foods that help you lose weight is a good approach to weight loss. This one-year study for example showed that eating lean protein actually helped overweight individuals to reduce intra-abdominal fat.

[1] You can speed up the process even more by consuming low glycemic carbohydrates along with some good quality fruit.

Protein Rich Foods

The Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for protein suggest that we should eat a minimum of 0.8 g/kg body weight, or about 0.36 g/lb. This is a minimum recommendation and people who follow this recommendation are only getting about 10 to 15 percent of their calories from protein. Eating more foods that help you lose weight is an easy way to boost weight loss in a way that is easy to maintain.

The suggested RDA is a minimum requirement for a typical healthy adult. Growing children, pregnant and lactating women, very active individuals, seniors and people undergoing stress and anyone trying to lose weight could all use a bit more protein. In addition, eating more protein rich foods that help you lose weight helps curb hunger because they keep you feeling fuller for a longer period of time than carbohydrates do.

In these cases, the protein intake should be increased to 1.2 to 1.8 g/kg, or 20 to 25 percent of caloric intake.

Who Needs More Protein

Donald Layman, PhD says increased protein intake can benefit patients with osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and obesity. We also need more protein as we age because we lose our ability to utilize protein efficiently.

“If you asked the average consumer who needs more protein, a 16-year-old or a 65-year-old, most people would say the 16-year-old,” says Layman. “In reality, it’s the 65-year-old. They likely need fewer calories, but they need more high-quality, nutrient-dense protein to prevent muscle wasting.”

You will also need more protein if you are dieting. Even though you are losing weight intentionally, it is a stress on the body, and any stress will increase protein needs.

Foods That Help You Lose Weight

What gives protein the edge over carbohydrates when it comes to weight loss? There are many reasons but satiety is probably the most important. One of the reasons why proteins are foods that help you lose weight is that they provide greater satiety than carbohydrates.

Proteins make you feel fuller and more satisfied for a longer period of time.

That spells appetite control. And a lower appetite means lower calorie consumption and that means weight loss.[2]

The main reason that most diets fail within one year is that people can’t stick to their chosen diet.

On a balanced high-protein diet, you will feel less hungry and have a better chance to stick with the diet.

Here’s a list of some good for you, protein rich foods that help you lose weight:

1. Beans

Beans are a protein rich food that happens to be high in fiber. They will help you lose weight because they’re slow to digest and they keep you feeling full for a longer period of time than many other foods do. The high fiber content means a low glycemic load which will help keep your blood/glucose levels normal.

2. Beef, Chicken, Pork, Lamb

All meats are protein rich foods that help you lose weight. Try to buy meat from animals that were not raised on corn meal. All the large food producers feed their animals a high starch diet because it puts weight on more quickly. Unfortunately, this does not produce the best quality meat. This is not a natural diet for livestock.

3. Cheese, Cottage cheese and Yogurt

Cheese is a good source of protein and it’s filling because of the fat content. I don’t recommend eating large quantities of it, but it’s good to eat with carbohydrates to lower the glycemic load and it is nutritious food. Cottage cheese does have a lot of salt, so I usually mix in low salt dry cottage cheese to reduce the overall salt content.

4. Eggs

Eggs are one of the most perfect foods available. They’re nutritious and satisfying and they’re an affordable protein rich food.

5. Fish

Fish is a protein rich food that is full of nutrients and Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, tuna, haddock, sardines etc. are all an excellent choice.

6. Nuts

A lot of people used to avoid eating nuts because of the high fat content. We now know that eating small amounts of nuts actually helps you lose weight because the protein and fiber help you feel full longer. This reduces the chance of overeating and contributes to weight loss.

Best Time To Eat For Weight Loss

It’s very important to eat balanced meals throughout the day. Unfortunately, most people tend to eat most of their protein in a single meal: dinner. That makes it pretty hard to get the 120 to 150 grams of protein you need to maintain a balanced diet.

Breakfast is the poorest meal of the day for many people. Most Americans only consume about 10 g of protein at breakfast. That’s why it’s important to have foods like meat, eggs, cheese, yogurt and milk as breakfast foods.

According to Layman, we need at least 30 g of protein in a meal to stimulate muscle building. Building lean muscle mass isn’t the only benefit of high-protein diets; eating this way also preserves lean body mass during weight loss[3].

Advantages To Eating More Protein

Here are two very important advantages to eating more protein:

  • Water Retention: A higher protein diet has a natural diuretic effect. One of the major problems with a high carb diet is that your body retains more fluids along with the carbohydrates.
  • Less Stress: Eating too many carbohydrates puts your willpower in a constant wrestling match because of leptin levels. The rising obesity rates clearly show that leptin is winning this battle. The best way to success is to avoid the battle with leptin by eating fewer carbohydrates.

How To Lose Weight By Eating

Choosing foods that help you lose weight is an important part of successful dieting. It’s critically important to choose a diet you can stick with for the long term. Yo-yo dieting increases insulin and leptin resistance and this will only compound your problems over time.

A successful weight loss program is based on changes you can live with and not on a temporary diet. Eating more protein helps you lose weight, is more satisfying and it’s easier to stick with long-term.

That spells success, and it’s the easy way to be lean and healthy.


[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15303109

[2] Paddon-Jones D, Westman E, Mattes RD, et al. Protein, weight management, and satiety. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008; 87(5):1558S-1561S.

[3] Layman DK, Evans E, Baum JI, et al. Dietary protein and exercise have additive effects on body composition during weight loss in adult women. J Nutr. 2005;135(8):1903-1910.


About the Author:

Robert Lalonde is the author of The ELH Diet - The Easy Way to be Lean & Healthy


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    Marcella January 6, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Excellent work! It’s all about making smarter choices.

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    Reyna December 15, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    I’ll try to remember this list over the holiday season 🙂

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    Colin December 2, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I loved this line and I wish more people would pay attention to it “A successful weight loss program is based on changes you can live with and not on a temporary diet”

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    Mari October 20, 2015 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Thanks. Lots of helpful tips in this article.

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    Cynthia September 24, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Much better idea than diet pills and plastic wraps.. and taste better too.

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    Bruce August 17, 2015 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Good article. I will be dealing with many of these issues as well..

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    Lasonya August 13, 2015 at 11:18 am - Reply

    We have lots of high protein foods in St. Louis.

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    Kris August 5, 2015 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Love the idea of eating shrimp to lose weight.

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    Logan August 4, 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Love the idea of eating more protein to lose weight.

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    Val August 4, 2015 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    I was surprised to see that seniors might need more protein than teenagers. Is this true?

    • Robert
      Robert August 7, 2015 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      It is Val. Teenagers need more calories, but seniors need more protein to rebuild muscle.

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    Kuse June 25, 2015 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I loved your post. Much obliged.

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    Lucretia June 13, 2015 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Wow, who would think of eating something to lose weight! Does this really work?

    • Robert
      Robert June 14, 2015 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      Yes it does Lucretia. We have to eat something to get energy and to rebuild tissues. The choices we make can either fill that requirement or not.

      If you choose to eat foods that provide a lot of empty calories and not much in the way of nutrients, you will gain weight and harm your health.

      If you make good food choices, like the ones described in this article, you will get the energy and the nutrients you need without consuming any excess calories that are not needed. A lower calorie intake will lead to weight loss over time.

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    John May 25, 2015 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    I normally think about eating less when I try to lose weight. I’ll have to try a different approach, ’cause it isn’t coming off right now.

    • Robert
      Robert May 27, 2015 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      Eating less to lose weight is a common approach John, and it doesn’t work for most people, especially in the long run. You’re better off to eat as much as you feel you need to, but be selective about what it is you eat. It’s more about quality than quantity.

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    Bonney May 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Interesting post. I’m going to try upping my protein a bit and see if it works.

    • Robert
      Robert May 22, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

      More protein will help you feel full longer Bonney and it should help cut down on snacking. Speaking of snacking, you should try eating protein for a snack rather than carbs.

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    Aileen May 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    I was able to find good info from your blog posts.

    • Robert
      Robert May 22, 2015 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Glad you found it helpful Aileen!

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    • Robert
      Robert May 18, 2015 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Thanks Simone. Glad you like the site!

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    Teodoro May 17, 2015 at 12:21 am - Reply

    Great info. I’ll have to give this a try.

    • Robert
      Robert May 18, 2015 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Thanks Teodoro. High protein foods always make you feel fuller than carbs. Good luck on your weight loss journey!

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    Harley May 16, 2015 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Keep up the great work. I’ve added you to my blogroll.

    • Robert
      Robert May 18, 2015 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement Harley.

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    Cesare May 15, 2015 at 6:31 am - Reply

    I’ve upped my protein intake recently and I find I’m not as hungry as I was after a high carb meal. Great post btw.

    • Robert
      Robert May 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      That’s great Cesare! Most people get hungry shortly after eating a high carb meal. Eating more protein will keep you feeling fuller longer and you might also be able to cut back on how much you are eating calorie wise.

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    Mathew May 15, 2015 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Nice article with some good sugestions. I’ll have to give it a try.

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    Carry on the superb work!

    • Robert
      Robert May 13, 2015 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the feedback and the encouragement Norris 🙂

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    Jeffrey May 12, 2015 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Thank you for another excellent article.

    • Robert
      Robert May 13, 2015 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jeffrey, glad you enjoy the website 😉

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    Wilma May 12, 2015 at 3:54 am - Reply

    I am now not sure where you are getting your info, but I found the article very helpful.

    • Robert
      Robert May 13, 2015 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Wilma, glad you found the article helpful. I do a lot of reading on the subject and I also pay close attention to how different foods affect me personally.

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    Cedric May 12, 2015 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Very useful article, and it has helped me out loads. Great job.

    • Robert
      Robert May 13, 2015 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome Cedric. Knowing which foods to eat make a diet easier to follow and more enjoyable 😉

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    Jacelyn May 11, 2015 at 1:24 am - Reply

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    • Robert
      Robert May 13, 2015 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jacelyn, glad you enjoyed the article.

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    Emily March 23, 2015 at 11:28 am - Reply

    This is a really well written article. I’m just starting to lose a bit of weight and this information gave me a few good tips.
    Thank you for the post.

    • Robert
      Robert March 29, 2015 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Good luck with your weight loss Emily!

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    • Robert
      Robert February 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks Mitzi, glad you’re enjoying the blog and your new iphone!

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