You come home after a long day at work — and you’re immediately hungry. Rather than start the arduous process of dinner prep, you decide to rip open a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips. Your intensions are to eat “just a few,” but you inevitably succumb to their seductive, salty, acidic crunch. Next thing you know, the bag is almost empty and you’ve just inhaled 700 calories — and you’re still hungry.
To lose weight, you need to avoid situations like this one. Salty snacks such as potato chips, pretzels, and party mixes are addicting (and admittedly delicious), but their high sodium contents, excessive calories, and blatant lack of fiber and nutrients makes them weight-loss pitfalls. You want to load up your refrigerator and pantry with foods and snacks that are convenient and satisfying, and that may be consumed with the reckless abandon.
You’re probably thinking this is just a list of different types of lettuce and some boring vegetables like celery. All right, celery is on the list; but also included are hearty foods like edamame, sweet potatoes, portobello mushrooms, and even popcorn. Many of these foods require minimal preparation, and sometimes even a quick rinse under the faucet is sufficient. Feel free to eat them until your heart’s (but most likely your stomach’s) content.
Eat as much as you want of these 12 foods as you want and still lose weight.