There are hundreds of foods that can help you battle the bulge, but these are five of the best foods for weight loss. I discovered them when I went from my heaviest weight of 420 pounds to where I am today at 155.

I had a blast explaining the science behind these foods on WJLA. The whole studio laughed when we talked about stinky kimchi (not on this list) and gassy beans!

5 Best Foods For Weight Loss


An apple a day keeps the pounds away.

All varieties of apples are beneficial when it comes to weight loss, but Granny Smith apples bring the most to the table. They can help immensely in the battle of the bulge by helping to curb junk food cravings.

An apple crushing my craving for chips? Really?

Yes, and here’s why. The body cannot digest a lot of the compounds found in apples. So, those non-digestible compounds get busy facilitating growth of good bacteria in your gut. That same good bacteria then works to counter the bad bacteria responsible for your junk food and sugar cravings.

Kale is one of the best foods for weight loss
Kale will help you win the battle with the scale.


It should come as no surprise that this green superfood made the list.

With only 33 calories per cup, kale isn’t going to put a major dent your daily caloric allowance.

Plus, each leaf is loaded with fiber. And not only does fiber keep you regular, it keeps you feeling full longer. Thus, you’ll feel a little spring in your step while consuming less food.

Couple all of that with the fact it’s super nutrient-dense with high levels of vitamins A, C, and K and you’re hitting a weight loss home run.

Spicy Peppers

Here comes the hot peppers!

Capsaicin is the compound responsible for setting your mouth on fire when you eat peppers. It also happens to be a big time metabolism booster.

A University of Wyoming study shows capsaicin combats obesity by stimulating energy burning.

Plus, it is also a proven digestive aid and has been linked to improved stamina which helps to keep you going during workouts.


Oatmeal is a cereal, but unlike its cold sugary counterparts this one will keep you satisfied all morning long. The reasons are twofold.

One, it’s not loaded with refined sugar unless you add it. Therefore, you’ll be avoiding the hunger and cravings that typically accompany the calorie-packed sweetener.

Two, oatmeal is chock-full of fiber that staves off hunger.

As a bonus, it has been scientifically linked to weight loss and reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.


Beans, beans they’re good for the heart. It turns out they’re also really good for your waistline.

These legumes are another fiber-rich food. And by now you should know how important that is for weight loss.

Beans are also high in protein which keeps you feeling full longer. Protein can also give you a nice energy boost that will help keep you active and burning calories.

You’re going to want to pass on baked beans, however. They are bogged down by sugar which offsets the belly-filling effects of fiber and protein.

These were the five best foods for weight loss that worked for me. I hope you’ll give them a try!