There are many different types of food to lose weight, and many different diets to choose from. If you’ve spent even a little time on this site you know I’m a big fan of low carb high protein diets. My favorite being the Paleo Diet.
I know from experience that the Paleo Diet, and low carb high protein diets are very powerful. I lost about 20 pounds doing a version of the Paleo Diet, Bob lost over 90 pounds doing a modified Paleo Diet, and my buddy Regan is in the best shape of his life after committing to Paleo.
Keep It Simple
Don’t over complicate your diet or food to lose weight. Without getting into a long discussion about lifestyle changes, or ditching gimmick diets, I’ll just keep it simple on this page: eat more protein and fewer carbs.
Here are a couple staples I use to keep my diet as simple as possible…
Over the weekend I’ll bake about 4-6 chicken breasts so I can have them ready for the week. There are endless combinations of meals you can make with chicken. This way, all you have to do is heat up a chicken breast whenever you want that week. Try not to add too many spices or salt to the chicken to avoid excess sodium. One topping I like to use a pico de gallo mixture. Just dice some tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, and corn and you have a great topping. Chicken may be the best food to lose weight.
- Peppers Bell peppers, green, orange, yellow, and red are great vegetables with a lot of flavor. These are another staple of my diet. Occasionally I’ll cut some up for a snack, but they are even better mixed into a meal with chicken or another meat.
No need to get expensive or choice cuts of filet, just get a regular piece of steak. Cook it either on the grill or on the frying pan. Add whatever sides you want, but again, use toppings like A-1 sparingly, as they tend to increase the sodium content.
Carrots are a boring food, but a great vegetable and snack. Make them a staple of your diet you will lose a ton of weight.
I’ve always enjoyed tuna. It’s a great snack and can be a good meal if you’re interested in making tuna salad. Tuna can be a turn-off for some people, but if you like tuna, it’s a great Paleo food. I’m a pretty lazy cook, but even I can make tuna salad with some celery, little mayo, a hardboiled egg, and some pepper.
Always include spinach in your salads. Or at the very least include some romaine lettuce. Iceberg lettuce has little nutritional value and will just fill you up with empty calories. There’s a reason Popeye has huge muscles when he eats spinach…it is a powerful antioxidant, offers a great glycemic index, and has been known to contribute to weight loss.
Not the microwave kind you cook in 2 minutes. Buy the kernels and cook them the old school way. Get a popcorn maker or place a little olive oil in the bottom of a large stainless steel soup pot. Wait for the oil to warm a bit, then place enough kernels to just barely cover the oil. Place the cover on and cook till it’s done popping. Popcorn is a great snack and has a low glycemic index. It’s enough to fill you up, and curb your appetite a bit. Again, be careful about using too much salt, butter, or cheese on top of your popcorn.
- Peanut Butter
Although peanut butter is not a Paleo food (strict paleo dieters don’t eat peanuts because they are legumes which is off the food list for the Paleo Diet) it works wonders for me. I prefer the peanut butter that is literally just peanuts and oil. Stay away from processed peanut butter with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), it is a processed sugar that will do you more harm than good. Peanut butter, more than any other food I eat, fills me up and keeps me this way for a few hours. I’ll make a peanut butter sandwich using whole wheat bread, eat it for breakfast at 6:00, and won’t get hungry till at least 9:00. It has a decent glycemic index and offers a lot of protein. Almonds and
Almonds and walnuts are a great snack. They have antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and a good glycemic index. More importantly they will help curb your appetite. Have a handful of both walnuts and almonds with a glass of water and your will eliminate hunger pains for a bit. This is a great way to keep your metabolism going, curb your appetite, and help lose weight.
These foods form the majority of my diet and a big reason why I’m lean, slender, and have trouble actually gaining weight. The more you incorporate these foods into your life, the more weight you will lose, and the healthier you will become. If you are looking for food to lose weight, these will definitely help you get started.