After trying so hard to be healthy, watch your calories and exercising regularly. Here are foods to complement your effort of losing weight.

So-called best foods for weight loss are nutritional and they can help build bones, prevent chronic diseases, improve your eyesight, and even keep your mind sharp. But did you know these foods can also help you get—and stay—slim?

Different foods go through different metabolic process in the body. They can have vastly different effects on hunger and hormones.

Read on to know how to pack these foods into your daily diet!

1. Fruits

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Most health experts agree that fruit is healthy. Numerous population studies have shown that people who eat the most fruit tend to be healthier than people who don’t and fruits are weight loss friendly.

Even though they contain sugar, they have a low energy density and take a while to chew. Plus, the fiber helps prevent the sugar from being released too quickly into the bloodstream.

 Grape Fruit

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Eating half of a grapefruit before each meal may help you lose weight and have clearer skin. 
A compound in the tangy fruit can lower insulin, a fat-storage hormone, and that can lead to weight loss. It’s also a good source of protein, and because it’s at least 90% water, it can fill you up so you eat less. 

Bananas

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Bananas are extremely healthy and delicious. They contain several essential nutrients, aids digestion, improve heart health and weight loss. Bananas are also rich in fiber. Eating more fiber from fruit and vegetables has repeatedly been linked with lower body weight and weight loss.

Bananas contain high amounts of starch, depending on ripeness which can reduce appetite and keep you full. Aside from being very nutritious, they are also a highly convenient snack food.

2. Soups

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As mentioned above, meals and diets with a low energy density tend to make people eat fewer calories. Most foods with a low energy density are those that contain lots of water, such as vegetables and fruits. But you can also just add water to your food – by making a soup.

Your soup can be cooked with fish, meat, assorted, chicken and so on. Make sure to drink more of the soup than the meats in it.

3. Beans

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Beans are high in protein and fiber, which are two nutrients that have been shown to lead to satiety.

Beans may be known mostly for their unpleasant odoriferous side effect when eaten, but beans are actually nutritious. You can eat beans just to reap these weight-loss benefits.

It fills up your stomach and makes you eat less. But you don’t just need to eat a plate of plain beans; you can make it in to moi-moi, akara, porridge or any other fun way you like to eat your beans.

4. Leafy Greens

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Leafy greens include Lettuce, Spinach, Cabbage and others.

They have several properties that make them perfect for a weight loss diet. They are low in both calories and carbohydrates, but loaded with fiber.

Eating leafy greens is a great way to increase the volume of your meals, without increasing the calories. Leafy greens are also incredibly nutritious and very high in all sorts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

5. Walnuts

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Commonly known as Asala or Awusa in Nigeria.

Walnut contains the most omega-3 fatty acids, which may help reduce cholesterol, of all nuts. Omega-3s have been shown to improve mood and fight cancer; they may protect against sun damage, too. Eat a few for dessert. Walnuts also help to regulate sleep.

6. Almonds

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Nuts are rich in healthy fats that help you slim down.
Almonds in particular can help you shed pounds. The health benefits of almonds are extensive, and they are frequently used as a healthy solution for relief from constipation, respiratory disorders, coughs, heart disorders and so on. It also helps in maintenance of healthy hair and skin care.

Both sweet and bitter almonds are readily available. Traditionally, sweet almonds are edible, while bitter almonds are used to make almond oil, a common oil that is used to add flavor to food.

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