7 Plant-Based Foods That Can Help You Slim Down, No Dieting Required


Dieting is hard whether you’re doing it for medical or for other reasons, but there are some foods you can eat to help you slim down without having to count one single calorie. Seriously, it’s true! Don’t waste your money on dieting pills since they do more harm than good. You truly can lose weight, all just by focusing on what you put on your plate at each meal and snack.

First though- remember that in order to slim down for life, you’ll need to go ahead and get rid of highly processed foods and sources of added sugar. Refined grains and anything fried should also be removed from your meals. Don’t worry though- there are delicious options you can still enjoy that will keep you full, give you a clear sense of focus, improve your energy, and that will make the pounds come off in no time. Adding these seven foods to your meals each day will help you crowd out unhealthier foods so you get full on the good stuff. Do a pantry purge, hit the store, and prepare to slim down, no dieting required!

1. Chickpeas

Chickpeas are the main ingredient found in hummus and they’re stellar when it comes to losing weight. First, they’re a great source of protein and B vitamins, which both keep your metabolism humming along all day long. Next, they’re a potent source of fiber to keep you full and help you stay regular to battle bloat and excess weight from wastes. Chickpeas are also slightly sweet and nutty so they go great in anything from salads to soups, to tacos, made into hummus, or they can even be baked in the oven for a crispy, guilt-free snack. Chickpeas are especially great for weight loss because they’re lower in starch than most other beans, so they’re more friendly to your blood sugar and easier to digest. Opt for no-salt-added varieties in a can, use a nonfat hummus without oil, or buy them dried and boil them yourself. Try them in this filling and satisfying salad for a cozy lunch or dinner.

2. Kale

Kale is magnificent for weight loss. It’s full of protein, fiber, magnesium, iron, chlorophyll and Vitamin A and C. All of these nutrients are important for your energy, immune system, regularity, and your blood sugar. Kale also helps keep the body in an alkaline state. When the body is too acidic, inflammation occurs that can lead to weight loss quickly. Though most all greens are great for you, kale has a few notches up on the rest of them. You can have kale salad, add some frozen kale to a smoothie, use it in soup, or make green juice with it. It also makes fantastic risotto! You’ll quickly see how your cravings diminish with kale in your life so learn to love it however you can. My personal favorite way to use it is in this crazy delicious Mesquite Kale Avocado Salad. In fact, I’m willing to bet it might just change your life it’s so good.

3. Berries

Berries are a powerful group of fruits that help improve your heart health and your weight. They’re very low in sugar compared to most other fruits and also have more fiber. This helps stabilize your blood sugar and ensure your digestive system works well around the clock. Berries are high in antioxidants and they  lower inflammation in the body. Choose any berry you like and you’ll find they’re a great way to nix the sugar cravings and help you stay satisfied. Blackberries and raspberries are highest in fiber but blueberries, strawberries, and cranberries are also great. If you have the money, splurge on some acai and goji while you’re at it.

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