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Top 50 Spring Diet Foods for Weight Loss

Turn your spring cabbage into a super diet food by making it into sauerkraut. “Sauerkraut helps to reestablish healthy populations of bacteria in the gut,” says Stella Metsovas, clinical nutritionist and owner of W8less Nutrition. New research suggests that those who are overweight and struggle to lose weight may have unhealthy populations of bacteria in their gut, so adding as many pro-bacteria foods (like sauerkraut) to your diet is essential to long-term weight loss, she adds. Sauerkraut too strong to eat solo?

“Lamb is a clean-burning protein, full of nutrients like B12, which are critical if you’d like to maintain your weight once you’ve reached your weight loss goal,” says Stella Metsovas, clinical nutritionist and owner of W8less Nutrition.

“Rye contains a component of fiber that absorbs water effectively, providing you with a feeling of fullness longer than other fibers,” Metsovas says.

“Basil is the perfect seasoning herb to make your foods taste fabulous—especially when you’re trying to keep your diet clean. I especially like adding basil on top a fresh fruit salad,” Metsovas says.

Rabbit meat contains high protein equivalents to other meats, and is very low in calories. “I know it might sound cruel to many, but rabbit is easily digestible and should be considered if you’d like to experiment with something other than chicken,” Metsovas says.

“Beets are one of the super foods of the Mediterranean diet,” Metsovas says. “One cup of beets contains over 30 percent of the recommended daily intake of folate, a B vitamin lacking in most diets. B vitamins provide energy to the body, which is especially important if you’re keeping on track with your workout regiment,” says Metsovas.

“Sprouts are considered a living, raw food full of antioxidants and vitamins like A, B, C, D, E and K,” Metsovas says. “And the more nutrient-rich foods you consume, the less cravings you’ll have throughout the day”. Don’t like sprouts?

“Scallops contain high amounts of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that has been shown to regulate your appetite. They are also high in B12—a nutrient critical for overall energy,” Metsovas says

A natural diuretic, parsley is rich in antioxidants and vitamin K. Women who restrict calories are at a higher risk of missing out on essential nutrients like vitamin K (recent studies have linked low vitamin K levels with an increased risk of osteoporosis), Metsovas says. Keep your calories in a low, healthy range without missing out on necessary vitamins by consuming nutrient-dense foods like the ones mentioned here.

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