If you’d like to drop some weight – yet you don’t feel like following a traditional diet, then read on. I’ll share how I ate these top 6 foods and lost weight – and did so even while traveling.
Here’s what happened. After the holidays Rich and I decided to spend some time in Mexico to enjoy the warmth and soak up the sun. After trying on our bathing suits we realized that we both needed to lose some weight in a hurry!
We settled on a simple diet based on foods that we were able to get easily while in Mexico, and we were so successful at dropping weight that we decided to keep eating this way.
How well did it work? One month later, we weighed an average of 8 pounds less…all while enjoying good times traveling, dining out, and even drinking beers several times a week!
We decided to share these Top 6 Foods for Weight Loss with you, and we hope you find this list helpful.
Top 6 Foods for Weight Loss
Food #1 – Eggs and Lean Protein
We started most mornings with 1 or 2 eggs, either fried or scrambled. We’d also have lentils (yes, for breakfast) or beans and a helping of salsa or a touch of freshly-made guacamole.
Most evenings we’d pan fry white fish in olive oil with garlic, onions and hot peppers.
For a change we’d sometimes cook fish in coconut oil with coconut flakes, ginger and almond slivers. Wild caught fish is great for you, as it provides an excellent source of Omega 3 oils, as well as a clean protein that’s easy to digest and use for fuel!
Food #2 - Lots of Fresh Veggies!
During that month, our diet consisted of 50% veggies. We ate onions, peppers, fresh pico de gallo, hot peppers, garlic, broccoli, squash, sweet potatoes, avocados, salads, and so on. (Onions, hot peppers, and garlic are not only good for your health, but also great for boosting your metabolism.)
We’d bake a sweet potato and top it off with a veggie stir fry, then add salsa and a dash of unsweetened Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. It was delicious, and paired with fish, it made a great dinner!
Note: If you want to learn more about hot peppers, which are GREAT for weight loss, check out this post – What to Eat to Lose Weight
Food #3 – Fresh Vegetable Juice:
Everyday for lunch or a snack we’d drink pure, fresh carrot juice! (If you don’t want to make it yourself, you can buy a jug of Odwalla 100% carrot juice, which is fresher than most processed juice.)
I’d blend carrot juice up with fresh spinach, hemp protein, and a bit of unsweetened almond milk for a tasty and nutritious drink.
Note – We stayed away from most processed veggie juices, and avoided sweet fruit juices as these are mostly just sugar.
See my post – How I Lost 18 Pounds by Juice Fasting and How You Can Too!, if you want to learn more about the benefits of juicing.
Food #4 – Lentils and beans:
We replaced bread and other grains with lentils and beans. Lentils are a ‘slow carb’, meaning they don’t spike your insulin levels- so your liver doesn’t store your meals as fat.
Rich seasoned the lentils with cumin and topped them with salsa or guacamole and they were tasty! Get creative and make a 3-bean salad, or a lentil soup. We ate lentils and beans as snacks, with eggs in the morning, or with dinner.
Food #5 – Healthy Fats:
I mentioned the coconut oil a moment ago. We use it because it has a higher flash point, which means it’s better for cooking over hot heat. Coconut oil is also high in saturated fat, however if you use virgin coconut oil it contains medium-chain triglycerides, which your body treats differently than other saturated fats. Used in moderation coconut oil is an excellent choice. (My favorite cooking oil is macadamia nut oil, which is low in saturated fats AND has a high flash point.)
For salads and cold dishes, we’d use olive oil in place of salad dressing, and for snacks, we’d eat raw almond butter on celery, or raw almonds in moderation. You can use other nuts, but make sure to get raw unsalted nuts, as they’re much better for your body!
Food #6 – Healthy seasonings and condiments:
During the months I was in Mexico I adjusted my taste buds to enjoy less salt and less sugar – and instead to enjoy more toward herbs, spices and fresh squeezed lime.
The seasonings we used most were cayenne pepper, cumin, cilantro, rosemary, mustard seed, dill, red pepper flakes, fresh ground black pepper, chili-lime, and a dash of sea salt. Other condiments included fresh pico de gallo, salsa, fresh lime, guacamole, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, Greek yogurt, and an occasional pat of organic butter.
About 80% of our diet focused around these foods. Here’s what else we ate:
As with many things in life, the 80/20 rule worked for us! The other 20% consisted of beverages such as coffee (2 cups a day with creamer and stevia – no sugar), and up to 1 beer daily, served with lime – since it was hot in Mexico!
Other weekly foods included a few bananas and a little pineapple or berries; 3-4 ice cream bars; 1-2 small chocolate bars; 4-6 corn tortillas (no wheat); a little deep fat fried fish (in fish tacos); a little chipotle sauce; and one or two fast food meals like pizza, soda and fries.
How did we eat these foods and still lose weight?
Here are a few rules we followed:
- We limited sugar! We generally consumed no more than 30 grams of sugar per day- and ate it at one sitting, rather than eating it throughout the day. (30 grams equates to an ice cream bar or small chocolate bar). This helped avoid insulin spikes while eating meals. Now, this isn’t easy, since you have no sugar in your coffee and you eat very few processed foods. We also limited fruits because of the fructose, another form of sugar. Following this guideline really makes a different in your weight loss!
- We limited processed grains: Grains do contribute to insulin spikes and add fat to your belly. This is partly because of the gluten they contain (think paste). Because rice and corn doesn’t have gluten, we chose them when we did eat grains. This allowed us to enjoy fajitas and fish tacos a few times a week. Breads made with sprouted grains are another good option.
- We eliminated most dairy: Consistent dairy consumption fattens you up, just the way it does for baby cows. I made an exception and drank creamer in my morning coffee. I also enjoyed a little Greek Yogurt or occasional feta cheese. Salsa and pico did wonders for replacing cheese in many dishes.
That’s it! We walked about a half hour or so every day, but didn’t do much else for exercise other than light stretching. All told, Rich has lost 30 pounds in 4 months, I’ve lost 25 pounds, and we’ve never felt better. We like it so much that we’re continue eating this way in the United States too – and plan on losing those final few pounds by doing so.
Eating this way tastes great, provides variety, feels good in your body – and you lose weight! If you want to try out a diet plan that follows many of these same principles, you may want to check out Isabel De Los Rios’ Diet Solution Program.
You can lose weight and look great by focusing on these 6 Top Foods for Weight Loss! All the best to you and we’d love to hear your progress!