More and more research continues to suggest that the types of foods we eat can play a significant role in helping to maintain a healthy weight.
For instance, one recent study helped to support the importance of paying close attention to the nutritional value of food. According to the results, it’s likely that the types of carbohydrate- and protein-rich foods we eat may have an effect on long-term weight gain.
That’s not to say that we can eat endless amounts of foods that have been identified as “weight-loss-friendly” without increasing our waistlines; paying attention to portion sizes is crucial no matter how nutritious a food may be.
Rather, it means that calories aren’t the only thing that matter when it comes to weight loss.
Want to know what foods might help make the weight loss process a little bit easier?
The following nutritious whole foods have been shown to help promote weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.
A recent study from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the types of carbohydrate- and protein-rich foods we eat may have an effect on long-term weight gain. While the results found that those who consumed more refined grains, sugars, starches, and red and “processed” meat products were more likely to gain weight, they also found that yogurt consumption was associated with weight loss. However, be sure to choose yogurts that don’t contain excessive amounts of added sugar. Instead, try purchasing unflavored varieties and adding your own sweeteners, like fruit or honey.
The same study published in in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that found an association between eating yogurt and weight loss also found the same was true for seafood. Fish like salmon, tuna and shrimp are high in protein, which means they’ll help keep you feeling full and satiated, and also contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.