7 Surprising Foods That Help You Lose Weight

Find out which unexpected foods can help you shed pounds.

7 Surprising Foods That Help You Lose Weight

By Diana Kelly Levey

Depending on the weight loss plan you’re following, you may have sworn off a number of foods for a variety of reasons — perhaps they don’t fit into the diet our cavemen ancestors ate, your friend told you that she read a certain food is terrible for you, or some celebrity said she effortlessly dropped her baby weight by cutting this one food out of her diet. Whatever your reason for eliminating certain foods from your daily diet, we’re sharing why science supports adding these wholesome foods back into your eating plan.

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Whole Wheat Bread

Banned bread from your kitchen because it doesn’t fit into your low-carb lifestyle? Eating whole grains instead of refined grains could help speed up your metabolism and assist in weight loss. If you’re not eating whole grains in the form of whole wheat bread products, oats, barley, and brown rice, you might be missing out on important nutrients like fiber, B vitamins, and minerals. One whole wheat slice of bread might have between 12 and 20 grams of carbs, so you should still be able to reduce some of your daily carb intake and work this grain into your meals and snacks.

Watch: Why Whole Wheat Bread Is Better for You

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