Eat a grape, lose weight. It would be awesome if weight loss were that simple. But, alas, no one food can magically deliver all of your weight-loss goals on a silver platter. (Shucks.)
Instead, healthy weight loss is all about making a lot of small changes to your nutrition habits—boosting your intake of certain foods, cutting back on how much you eat others, and learning how to balance out everything in a way that works for you and your lifestyle. It’s those sorts of changes that lead to sustainable results. And, over time, as you feel better and more energetic, it’s those same changes that may actually help you learn to love healthy eating.
But, still, when it comes to the best foods for weight loss, there is a sort of fat-loss hierarchy going on. After all, some foods will get you far closer to your weight-loss goals—helping you to build more metabolism-boosting muscle, eat healthy on-the-go, or just hit your daily fiber quota—than will others.
So, to help ID the absolute best of the best, we tapped six women who have successfully lost weight with healthy eating and a revamped relationship with food. We asked each of them one simple question: “What was the number-one food that helped you lose weight?”
Read on to hear what they had to say about the best foods for weight loss, and the single food that made the biggest impact on their weight-loss success. Then, you might want to make a run to the supermarket to stock up.