I recently got an email from someone who asked me for a list of what they referred to as the best weight loss foods.
At first, I honestly wasn’t sure what they meant. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized there’s probably two different things this person could have been looking for…
- A list of foods that will make you lose weight.
- A list of foods that are high quality, nutrient-rich sources of the protein, fat and carbs that will comprise your daily diet.
Since I always try my best to answer the questions I get as thoroughly as possible, I wrote back with a list of foods that fit BOTH descriptions. And since I figure many other people would be interested in seeing these lists, I decided to turn my reply into a full article. Here it is…
Which Foods Cause Weight Loss?
Alright, get your pen and paper ready. I’m going to give you a list of the best diet foods that will actually cause you to lose weight. Ready? Here they are:
No seriously… there really aren’t any. There is no such thing as a food that magically causes weight loss. There are no fat burning foods. Nothing like this actually exists.
I know, you’ve probably seen or read or heard otherwise, but trust me, whatever you saw/read/heard was pure bullshit. Here’s why.
There is only ONE thing that causes fat loss, and it’s a caloric deficit. As I explain in my guide to losing weight, a caloric deficit is when you eat less calories than your body burns. This then causes your body to burn your stored body fat for energy instead, and this is the one and only way fat actually gets burned.
Sure, the foods you get those calories from each day definitely matter in terms of your health, getting enough protein, fat, carbs and other important nutrients, hunger control, and so on. In fact, I recommend you try to get most of your daily calories from high quality healthy foods.
However, above all else, weight loss always comes down to calories, not the sources of those calories. Healthy or unhealthy, the “best diet foods” or the “worst diet foods, ” total calories are what matter most for losing weight.
Which means, if you’re looking for the the best weight loss foods in terms of which burn fat or cause fat loss… you’re wasting your time looking for a silly myth. You might as well look for Bigfoot or a unicorn. You’ll probably find them before you find an actual list of fat burning foods that isn’t complete crap.
Which Foods Are Best For My Weight Loss Diet?
Now that the first possible meaning is out of the way, it’s time to cover the second… a list of high quality, nutrient rich sources of protein, fat and carbs for you to choose from when putting together your weight loss diet.
None of these foods will actually cause you to lose weight (only a caloric deficit will do that), but they will help control your hunger, keep you full and satisfied, and supply the various vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs on a daily basis for optimal health and performance.