20 Foods to Help You Lose Weight

It's time for a new slim-down mantra: Eat more to weigh less. No joke. The right foods help you drop pounds by revving your calorie burn and curbing cravings. We consulted top experts for the best picks and asked leading chefs for easy, tasty ways to prepare them. Add these eats to your plate today and you'll be slimmer and healthier in no time.

Steak

Beef has a rep as a diet buster , but eating it may help you peel off pounds.Try to consume local organic beef; it's healthier for you and the environment.

Eat more Grill or broil a 4-oz. serving of top round or sirloin; slice thinly to top a salad, or mix with veggies for fajitas.

Eggs

Dig in to eggs, yolks and all: They won't harm your heart, but they can help you trim inches.

Eat more Omelets and scrambles are obvious choices, but if you can't cook before work, bake a frittata on Sunday; chill it and nuke slices for up to a week. Try this easy recipe: Vegetable Frittata.

More: The Athlete's Omelet

Kale

Long sidelined as a lowly garnish, this green belongs center stage on your plate. One raw chopped cup contains 34 calories and about 1.3 grams of fiber, as well as a hearty helping of iron and calcium.

Eat more Mix chopped raw kale into cooked black beans. Or slice kale into thin strips, saute it with vegetable broth and top with orange slices. Make it a meal by tossing the mix with quinoa.

More: Which Are the Best Leafy Greens?

Oats

All oats are healthful, but the steel-cut and rolled varieties (which are minimally processed) have up to 5 grams of fiber per serving, making them the most filling choice. Instant oats contain 3 to 4 grams per serving.

Eat more "Instead of using breadcrumbs, add oats to meat loaf? about 1 cup for a recipe that serves eight," Iserloh recommends.

Lentils

Lentils are a bona fide belly flattener. Eating them helps prevent insulin spikes that cause your body to create excess fat, especially in the abdominal area.

Eat more There are many varieties of lentils, but red and yellow cook fastest (in about 15 to 20 minutes). Add cooked lentils to pasta sauce for a heartier dish, Zuckerbrot suggests. "Their mild flavor blends right in, and because they're high in protein, you can skip meat altogether."

More: The Pros and Cons of a Vegetarian Diet

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