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COLUMBIA - When it comes to losing weight, many of us start with looking at our diet. Are we eating too much? (Probably.) Are we eating the wrong things? (Hmmm...maybe.) Are there some foods we should be eating that might help? (Yup.)

Here are five superstar plant-based foods that may help when it comes to weight loss—and that you should include in your diet:

Beans: Packed with fiber and protein, beans are known to be good for your heart, but they’re also filling. That equates to curbing your hunger and preventing overeating at snack time. In fact, a study published in Food and Nutrition Research found that people who ate a meal in which beans were the source of protein consumed 12% fewer calories at their next meal.

Cabbage: The best veggies for watching your weight are the non-starchy, fiber-packed vegetables, which are low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, water and fiber. Cabbage is 92 percent water, so it fills you up with water and fiber and virtually no calories (17 calories per cup).

Bell Peppers: if you're craving a crunchy, sweet snack, look no further than the bell pepper. It's packed with fiber and one medium bell pepper has only 24 calories. Plus, 1 cup of sliced peppers provides a whopping 190% of the recommended daily value for vitamin C, a nutrient that counteracts the stress hormone cortisol, which triggers fat storage around the midsection.

Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes can help with weight loss in a way you wouldn't necessarily expect. They feel like a comfort food. Not only that, but they will fuel your body and brain with wholesome carbohydrates, fiber and vitamin C!

Lemons: Talk about flavor! Just a squirt of lemon can help you to cut back on salt. You can use lemon on fish or steamed veggies instead of a marinade or butter. You can use it on salad instead of dressing, on rice instead of creamy sauces, or on any other dish you’d like. Add lemon to water and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Take a look at your grocery list and your daily go-to foods and see if you can add a few of these options. It might make a difference to your waistline.

(Source: https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/lifestyle/blog/6255/5-plant-based-foods-that-help-promote-weight-loss