Chef Alton Brown is no stranger to food. In fact, as host of The Next Iron Chef and Good Eats, he’s a well-respected authority on all things that go on in the kitchen. That’s why, when he decided it was time to lose some weight, he came up with four food lists that were instrumental in helping him drop a whopping 50 lbs, a weight loss that he’s been able to maintain for over two years.
List 1: Foods to Eat Daily
- Dark leafy greens
- Green tea
- Whole grains
These foods should be a part of your daily diet. Whole grains, like oats, are rich in fiber so they fill you up and keep you satiated for longer. Also, soluble fiber keeps your cholesterol levels in check and lowers your risk of heart disease. And fruits, especially purple ones like blueberries, blackberries and Concord grapes are rich in antioxidants and resveratrol, known to promote longevity. To get these foods in every day, Brown freezes the berries into pre-portioned packets and either uses them in smoothies or just eats them as is. Additionally, nuts are a good source of protein and you can fit them in easily every day by eating a handful about 15 minutes before a big meal to help curb overeating.