When it comes to weight loss, what you eat is the most important aspect. So it makes sense that to lose weight you need to ensure you are buying the right kinds of food.
Luckily for you we have created this shopping list of weight loss ingredients, make a note of them and the next time you visit your local supermarket make sure to add a few of them to your trolley.
Normally to add flavour to your meals you may reach for sugar or salt, however if your aim is to lose weight then this is probably not the best idea.
Cinnamon could be the answer though as it can provide the added flavour you require without the added calories, plus it has a variety of other beneficial properties too.
#2: Cayenne Pepper
This can again be used to add flavour to your meals.
Cayenne pepper is free from calories, plus has been shown to cause a process called thermogenesis to occur when consumed.
This process causes your internal body temperature to increase, which will lead to a rise in your metabolism. As you probably already know the higher your metabolism the more calories you are able to burn.
If you suffer from bloating then adding a little ginger to your diet could do wonders.
Ginger can aid the digestive process, and can help relieve gas and bloating. This can help your stomach appear slimmer.
#4: Black Pepper
Another spice that can add much needed flavour to your meals without the excess calories.
Black pepper can also help cure the sniffles, so add some to your meals the next time you have a cold for almost instant relief.
#5: Mustard Seeds
Mustard seeds contain selenium, which has been shown to help aid proper thyroid function, which could help with weight loss.
They have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits too, which is of benefit to those who are active in the gym. As it will help ease any joint pain suffered.
While there is no weight loss benefit of lemon on its own, when used to enhance the flavour of your food then it can be of benefit.
A drop of lemon juice on fish for example will certainly enhance the flavour.
Similarly adding lemon to a glass of water will encourage you to drink it, rather than consuming a soft drink full of unnecessary calories.
If you are looking for a ‘superfood’ that can be eaten at any mealtime then quinoa is it.
This food is full of fibre and protein, so will help fill you up and keep you feeling full.
It can be eaten at breakfast as a hot cereal, or can be added to salads or as a side with your main meal.
#8: Almond Butter
Almonds are full of protein and healthy fats so it makes sense that almond butter would be a great choice for those looking to lose weight.
You can add this to your smoothies, or spread it on toast for breakfast. It can even be used as a dip for fruit when you are looking for a healthy snack.
#9: Cocoa Powder
While I certainly would not recommend eating those chocolate bars you find at the checkout, its main ingredient, cocoa powder, could help with your weight loss efforts.
Research has shown that the flavanols in cocoa powder can help lower your blood sugar levels and reduce body fat.
Try adding cocoa powder to your smoothies or baked goods.
Not only can you make a healthy oatmeal breakfast, but you can add oats to various baked goods too.
It is full of fibre that can cut cravings, which according to research will definitely help you to lose weight when consumed regularly.
Eggs are a good source of protein so make sure you have a few available in your fridge at all times.
They are a perfect choice for breakfast, just make sure you choose a boiled, scrambled or poached variety. Definitely avoid having fried eggs, however tempting they may be.
Just a teaspoon of these have been shown to help suppress appetite, this is due to its fibre content.
You can add flaxseeds to a variety of foods. Try adding them to your cereal, yoghurt or salads for a little weight loss boost.
#13: Chia Seeds
As with flaxseeds, you can add chia seeds to a variety of foods to boost your weight loss efforts.
They are a good source of calcium, fibre, iron and protein so will definitely give your body a boost in nutrients.
#14: Balsamic Vinegar
This should be used to add flavour to your foods, rather than reaching for a dressing full of sugar and therefore calories.
A cheap and clean source of plant-based protein and fibre are lentils, which you can add to salads side dishes easily.
The protein and fibre will help curb your appetite and ensure that food cravings do not get the better of you.
#16: Greek Yoghurt
If you are a fan of yoghurt and are worried about its sugar content then perhaps you could try greek yoghurt instead.
Its protein and calcium content has been shown to be beneficial for weight loss.
#17: Olive Oil
Using olive oil is a great way to increase your feelings of fullness. This is because of the healthy fats that it contains.
These healthy fats can also improve your heart health too, so make sure to add a little olive oil to your salads and vegetables.
Berries contain flavonoids and other nutrients that have been shown to promote weight loss.
You can add them to your smoothies, eat them as a snack or even sprinkle them on your cereal.
They can also be frozen for convenience too.
When I say mint I do not mean one of those you use to freshen your breath.
Instead I mean fresh mint, which can help encourage better digestion.
This improved digestion can result in fewer toxins being stored, as well as the removal of excess waste material, giving you a slimmer appearance.
This spice is usually used to create curry and mustard, but can also be added to your smoothies, soups, rice and pasta dishes.
It contains zero calories, and can increase the flavour of your foods. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease joint pain and stiffness.