15 Foods We Can Eat a Lot of and Still Not Feel Guilty

15 Foods We Can Eat a Lot of and Still Not Pack on the Pounds

Trying to keep our figure doesn’t mean we should starve. Even though there are some foods we should avoid, like fast food or soda, we still have plenty of options to choose from.

Here’s a list of 15 products we can eat a lot and not feel guilty about. Just don’t forget that we should follow a balanced diet with a variety of foods.

1. Popcorn

Popcorn is safe to eat as long as you fry it without sugar and butter. You can add salt for a change. A portion of popcorn prepared in this way will have about 31 kcal. (1)

2. Eggplant

Enjoy this vegetable as much as you want but make sure to bake it or grill it without using oil. In that way, a portion of eggplant will have only 24 kcal. (2)

3. Celery

This vegetable has a high water content of 95 percent. So, it’ll help you detox your body, besides helping you lose weight. (3)

4. Tangerines, Grapefruits, and Oranges

Even though eating large portions of fruit is not recommended for those who want to lose some weight, citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits are an exception.

They are full of vitamin C, flavonoids, and fiber which make you fill full for longer. Also, they boost digestion, skin and liver health, and energy levels. (4)

5. Algae

Laminaria and similar algae are rich in iodine which can aid the thyroid function in some people. This, in turn, regulates the hormones and prevents you to gain extra pounds. (5)

6. Melon & Watermelon

A slice of these fruits has 60 to 70 kcal, so you can eat as many as you want throughout the day. They help reduce water retention, besides making you feel full. (6)

7. Cucumber

Another vegetable with a high water content reduces swelling and aids weight loss.  You will get slimmer no matter how many cucumbers you eat throughout the day. (7)

8. Zucchini

Zucchini regulates the water-salt ratio in the body, boosts the function of the intestines, and reduces the energy output of heavy meals. One portion has only 42 kcal. (8)

9. Beetroot

This red veggie is a real nutritional powerhouse, including a wide range of vitamins and minerals such as manganese. Its incredible content helps regulate blood glucose, drive the muscles, and burn fat. One portion of beets has only 40 kcal. (9)

10. Pineapple

Pineapple contains bromelain which helps split fats and aids protein metabolism. Feel free to include it in your weight-loss diet. (10)

11. Eggs

Eggs are rich in proteins and are recommended for anyone who likes to shed some pounds. Still, make sure you eat boiled ones as opposed to fried ones. (11)

12. Plums & Apples

Plums are high in potassium and vitamin C which support your heart and vessels. On the other hand, apples will make you fill full for longer, and boost your digestion. An apple contains about 50 kcal. (12) (13)

13. Berries: Cranberry, Currant, Strawberry

Cranberries and currants are abundant in vitamins C, the latter being also a diuretic. This means it helps reduce water retention, or remove the excess liquid from the body, thus reducing swelling.

On the other hand, strawberries are good for your cardiovascular system and digestion. So, you can lose weight while eating some of the most delicious fruits on the planet. (14)

14. Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage

Did you know that a portion of diced cabbage is extremely low in calories? More precisely, it has only 7 kcal. So, make sure you include it in your diet, as well as cauliflower and broccoli, but not more than a few times a week.

That’s because of their nutrient content which rivals iodine. (15)

15. Green Salad

Feel free to eat salad on a daily basis, as a leaf of lettuce has just 3 kcal. Plus, it’s rich in folic acid, so eat as much as you want. (16)

Additional Tip:

If you want to maintain your weight, don’t have dinner a few hours before sleep. It’s best to eat at least 3 to 4 hours before going to bed.