If you want to lose weight then you need to make sure what you are eating is going to help you achieve your goal.
That means you need to stop reaching for the bread, chocolates and biscuits the next time you are feeling hungry.
Here are 5 weight loss foods that when eaten take more calories to break-down than they contain (negative-calorie), therefore helping with your efforts to slim down:
100 grams of cucumber only contains 16 calories, which is unsurprising really when you think about it as it is mostly made of water.
A cucumber is also a great source of vitamin C, and has been shown to help reduce inflammation in the body as well as preventing water retention.
#2: Lean meats
Lean meat such as turkey (144 calories per 100g) or chicken (172 calories per 100g) are perfect weight loss foods as they are full of protein that your body will find difficult to break-down.
As your digestive system is working harder to digest these foods your body will experience a boost in its metabolic rate, which will result in more calories burnt than normal.
They can also help keep you feeling fuller for longer and are a great source of energy.
A tomato is a good weight loss food as again it contains very few calories; in fact just 18 calories in 100 grams of tomatoes.
As well as being low in calories, tomatoes also contain lycopene, which is what gives it its bright red colour.
Lycopene is an antioxidant that can help fight high cholesterol and high blood pressure. This means that as well as being effective for weight loss, adding more tomatoes to your diet could also help reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack or a stroke.
The papaya contains 43 calories per 100 grams so is perfect as a snack food between mealtimes.
It is rich in vitamin C and contains 15x more antioxidants than the average orange.
Eating papaya can help to fight constipation and has also been shown to help keep your cholesterol levels in check.
An apple will typically contain just 52 calories in every 100 grams.
When choosing an apple it is best to choose a green over a red one as they are richer in dietary fibre, therefore helping to keep you feeling fuller for longer.