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Weight Loss Foods

Most people have difficulty navigating the wide range of weight loss foods on grocery store shelves. They may wonder how to choose between foods that are low-fat, low-carb, and low-calorie while struggling to figure out what food will best help them to lose weight.

Foods that assist with weight loss come in all shapes and sizes, but they are rarely found in obvious and brightly colored packaging. The foods that are healthy for you are usually not prepackaged meals, protein bars, or low-calorie snacks with a diet logo.

Weight loss foods are often sitting quietly around the outer edge of the grocery store. These foods may even be a bit dusty and in need of a good wash. While some of the best foods for weight loss may naturally be low in fat, carbohydrates, or calories, they offer additional health benefits. These weight loss foods are also high in fiber, water, or protein, and some of the healthiest foods boast high amounts of all three.

There are many fruits, vegetables, whole grain foods, lean proteins, and dairy products that are considered healthy weight loss foods. Each of these foods provides your body with enough nutrients to curb cravings and naturally lose weight:

• Berries: Fruits that are high in water and fiber with no added sugar
• Kale: A vegetable that is high in fiber and water
• Beans: Legumes that are high in fiber and protein
• Greek yogurt: A dairy product that is high in water and protein
• Salmon: Fish that is high in protein and healthy fats

At Structure House, we provide nutritious foods that have a healthy balance of water, fiber, and protein. Not only do our meals help keep hunger at bay, but they are also more delicious than standard diet food products. Learn more about the Structure House Nutritional Approach.

About Valerie Dickerson, MS, RD, Registered Dietitian

Valerie is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She received both her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and Master’s degree in Nutrition from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Valerie enjoys helping people develop a deeper understanding of food so that they have lasting lifestyle changes beyond their stay at Structure House. She prides herself on helping participants break down complex nutritional issues into practical realistic goals. She believes balance and a healthy relationship with food is the key to developing a lifelong food plan that fuels the body while not depriving it. Valerie conducts individual nutrition sessions, teaches nutrition classes, facilitates grocery store tours and restaurant outings, and supports participants in the What’s Eating You weekly series for Binge and Emotional Overeating. Valerie originally joined the Structure House team in 2011, took a three year hiatus to be with her young children, and rejoined the team in 2018.

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