A Grocery List of Foods to Eat to Lose Weight

Do you want to shed pounds? Make sure you're buying the right foods to eat to lose weight. Traditional diet foods like rice cakes and carrot sticks might not be your best bets. Here an easy way to makeover your grocery list to set yourself up for weight loss success.

Ground Rules
First, don't be fooled by labels that say "fat free," "low fat" and "low calorie." While these labels can be true and good to grab on some occasions, other times they're filled with more calories, fat or sugar substitutes than you would imagine. Second, try to stay on the outer perimeter of your grocery store. This is where you'll find fresh produce, dairy and meats. The second you drift into the center aisles, you'll be tempted by packaged goods filled with ingredients you'd be challenged to pronounce.

Dairy
Here is one category where low fat is a good label to choose. Low fat milk, cheese and yogurt along with egg whites are all good choices when looking for foods to eat to lose weight.

Fruit
If you like sweet treats, try reaching for fruit instead of sugary desserts. Not only will that satisfy your need for sweets, they'll also help you feel full with a bunch of fiber. Try apples, blueberries, melon, bananas to start.

Vegetables
As is the case with fruits, almost any vegetable gets a checkmark on the list of foods to eat to lose weight. Dark leafy greens are packed with vital nutrients along with fiber. Try spinach, kale or collard greens. Broccoli is another fiber powerhouse. Avocados will provide you with monounsaturated fats, healthy fats that can help trim tummy fat.

Beans
You can't go wrong with this high-fiber food that'll help keep you feeling full. Make Mexican foods lower in fat by replacing beef with black or kidney beans. Or add chick peas or white beans to salads.

Whole Grains
When buying bread, buns, rolls and pasta, read the labels carefully to make sure you're getting whole grains. Besides checking the ingredient list you should look to see that you'll get a sufficient amount of your daily recommended intake of fiber. Grains like brown rice, barley, quinoa and steel cut oatmeal are great for breakfast or side dishes.

Meats
If you're going to buy red meat, stick to lean cuts. Better foods to eat for weight loss include turkey, chicken, pork and fish - especially salmon or tuna.

Snacks
Again, if you're concerned about weight loss, stay away from packaged snacks. Nuts like raw almonds, peanuts or walnuts are a better choice. Light popcorn is another winner that's low in fat and high in fiber. 

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