Here is a list of foods that cause you to lose weight. This does not mean to exclude any other foods, but when you are eating these foods, thank them for making you lose weight. You don't HAVE to talk to your food, but it might be fun. :)
Lean protein - Your body works harder to break down protein, burning more calories and it takes longer to process too. That is 2 reasons (works harder and longer) why lean protein helps you lose weight.
Grilled chicken, fish of just about any sort, eggs, BEANS (protein AND fiber = superfood), lean pork, turkey and other lean meats are good options. Even bacon in moderation is ok. You CAN eat bacon!
Egg whites or egg beaters are a very lite option but I personally do not recommend this as a habit because it is not healthy. For a quick, light meal, cook egg substitute, frozen diced veggies (onion, pepper mix) and frozen turkey sausage together, seasoned with a little salt and pepper.
Fiber - For the same reason as protein, fiber helps you lose weight - it takes longer to process and slows down digestion causing your meal to stick with you longer. Choose whole grain versions of your breads as often as possible. Sara Lee makes amazing bread! Their Soft and Smooth varieties makes the 100% whole grain breads much easier to eat. I use Sara Lee 100% whole wheat 45 calorie bread. The slices are thinner so you are eating less bread which also helps you to lose weight - less carbs.
FRUIT!!! - Fruit has little consequence to your weight. Fruit also has fiber. Eat fruit regularly. Try fruit you've never tried before. Eat fruit before a meal to curb your appetite. Eat fruit when you have the munchies. Ignore what the extremists tell you about certain fruits having sugar in them and all that jazz. Just eat it!
If it is not convenient, you are not as likely to eat it. Keep convenient fruit on hand - ALWAYS! Some examples - grapes, apples, oranges, bananas, strawberries, frozen fruit, etc.
Use fruit to replace dessert. When everyone else is eating cake, eat the frozen berries with low fat or fat free whipped topping (that you brought with you because you planned ahead). Yum!
Eat Green Smoothies!
Vegetables - Vegetables will make you lose weight. Vegetables will make you lose weight. Vegetables will make you lose weight! I'm not kidding... so I repeat - vegetables will make you lose weight. Some of them actually burn more calories to chew and digest than they have in them.
Use your imagination. Sauteed and roasted veggies taste amazing. Sautee broccoli in butter and olive oil, seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic on high heat just until it browns like you've burnt it. That charred taste is amazing!
Add spinach to everything! Spinach has a very mild taste and adds color to foods. I blend it and put it in eggs, mac-n-cheese (the kids love it), sauces, etc.
Add onions to whatever you can. If you don't like the taste, add a little at a time until you get the feel for how much is tolerable, cook them a little longer and you'll barely know they're in there.
Salads are great but don't eat them if you hate them. Or find ones you love and eat them when you want them.
There's just nothing like grilled cabobs. I love to make them with meat, bell peppers, onions and mushrooms. My husband doesn't even like mushrooms but he can't get enough of the grilled mushrooms!
Try green smoothies. They're delicious and SO nutritious!
Try doing google searches to find ways to eat veggies for people who don't like them. I used to not like veggies but I eat as much as I can now.
Dairy - Drink skim milk, eat yogurt frequently, make pudding, cheese sticks, butter in moderation, cheese in moderation... Butter and cheese are not lean options but taking them out of your diet causes feelings of deprivation which leads to failure. Just eat them in moderation. Which leads me to another important food for weight loss.
Fat - Yep, you heard that right - fat. If you cut nearly all the fat out of your diet, you are likely to lose your hair, become constipated, create health problems, have trouble thinking clearly (fat is brain food), crave fat and of course feel deprived. You need healthy fats in your diet, especially if you are trying to lose weight. This series explains: Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly
Condiments - Condiments like ketchup, BBQ sauce, mustard and relish don't affect your weight enough to worry about them. These help a lot to avoid deprivation. Pickles and salsa should be eaten freely.
Also - Light popcorn is high in fiber and curbs the appetite. Sugar free Jell-O is a great snack and is 0 points. Hummus is high in fiber, protein and nutrients - a great option for weight loss.
Soup - Broth based soup (not cream soups, which are loaded with fat) are generally very low points/calories and are very effective at curbing your appetite and helping you lose weight. Try eating soup before your meal to keep from eating as much of the other food - especially at buffets.
Herbs and Spices - These do not affect your weight and add much flavor to your foods!
For more on foods that make you GAIN weight, click here: Foods That Make You Gain Weight