Weight Loss Foods 11 to 20

11 - bananas
11. Bananas: Bananas are loaded with potassium, which is an essential mineral that is sometimes missed if you are on a diet. In addition, the ease of which bananas can be packed, transported, and eaten makes them a great choice if you are on a diet. While bananas are relatively low in calories and fat, they don’t necessarily have a whole lot of fiber. Fiber is an essential nutrient if you are on a diet, because it helps to keep you feeling fuller, longer and prevents overeating at future meals. In short, bananas make a good choice if you are on a diet because they are low in calories and fat.
 12 - melon
12. Melons: The juicy sweetness of melons gives you the satisfaction of dessert without the hit to your waistline. The natural sweetness found in watermelons and cantaloupes can help you turn away from those ingredients to avoid: white table sugar (known as sucrose), corn syrup, and honey, all of which provide calories and few nutrients. Melons may come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, but they all have two things in common: a soft, sweet, juicy pulp and superb taste. That’s why it’s hard to say no to melons. They offer a decent dose of fiber, which helps fill you up. As a snack for dieters, melons can’t be beat.
13 - cucumbers
13. Cucumbers: You can use cucumber to add volume to meals without adding a lot of calories. Cucumbers’ high water content can help you feel full, leading you to consume less food at meals. Cucumber acts as a natural diuretic, making you urinate more often, which reduces bloating and water retention.
 14 - blueberries
14. Blueberries: Recent study findings suggest that blueberries may influence genes which regulate fat-burning and storage, helping reduce abdominal fat and lower cholesterol. When combined with a low-fat diet, blueberries might also lower triglycerides and improve blood sugar levels, each benefits of a comprehensive weight loss plan.
15. Cinnamon: Cinnamon has a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels and simultaneously increases insulin levels in the body. It imitates the biological activity of insulin and increases the metabolism of glucose. Since high blood sugar levels can lead to increased storage of fat by the body, cinnamon helps prevent this increased storage of fat and enables you to lose weight. In addition, it influences the manner in which sugar is metabolized by the body and prevents the transformation of the metabolized sugar into fat.
 16 - ginger
16. Ginger: It seems to play an important, measurable role in weight management and gastrointestinal health, and has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying benefits as well. Last summer, a study by researchers at the Institute for Human Nutrition at Columbia University found that adding a hot ginger beverage to the diet of human subjects made them feel fuller after a meal and less likely to eat more later.
 17 - artichoke
17. Artichoke: A balanced snack and an amazing source of fiber and protein, artichokes are the perfect weight loss food. One medium steamed artichoke has 16 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein. It’s also 150 calories, the amount necessary to for you to get the full benefits of the thermic effect of food (increased calorie expenditure), which helps increase metabolism.
 18 - brown rice
18. Brown Rice: Because of its fiber-richness and ability to keep healthy bowel function, brown rice “keeps things moving” in a way that promotes weight-loss and metabolic function. After one bowl of brown rice, you’ll feel more full despite eating a smaller amount of food.
19 - peanuts
19. Peanuts: Peanuts are not really a low-calorie food; they’re actually quite energy-dense. So how can a food that’s actually high in calories per ounce help you lose weight? Part of the reason may be that peanuts are high in good fats, protein and fiber, so just a small serving can satisfy your hunger and keep you feeling fuller longer. The key to eating peanuts and losing weight is to watch your serving sizes closely. Next time you get hungry between meals, eat one ounce of peanuts (about 35 individual nuts).
20 - avocado
20. Avocado: Avocado is high in monounsaturated fat. Research clearly indicates diets high in monounsaturated fat are more beneficial for weight control because monounsaturated fat exerts beneficial effects on how your body uses blood sugar. Avocado possesses a double whammy when it comes to weight loss and blood sugar metabolism. Avocado contains a unique weight loss friendly carbohydrate called mannoheptulose. Mannoheptulose is a rare form of sugar, found primarily in avocado. Mannoheptulose has been found to lower insulin secretion.