11 Best Snacks for Rapid Weight Loss

Choose wisely, and snacks can not only satisfy your cravings but actually accelerate weight loss.

11 Best Snacks for Rapid Weight Loss

11 Best Snacks for Rapid Weight Loss

Choose wisely, and snacks can not only satisfy your cravings but actually accelerate weight loss.

If the idea of an afternoon snack strikes fear in your heart, worry no more.

Choose wisely, and snacks can not only satisfy your cravings but actually accelerate weight loss. These tasty items have ingredients that have been proven to burn fat fast. If you never thought you’d encounter a potato chip that qualifies as a superfood, read on:

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Fage Total 2% Yogurt, Plain, 7 ounces

Calor 150
Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Sodium 65 mg
Carbs 8 g
Fiber 0 g
Sugar 8 g
Protein 20 g

This Greek yogurt is a proven weight-loss winner: Vitamin D and calcium unite to shut down the belly-flab-producing hormone cortisol, while the high protein content helps build fat-torching lean muscle mass. As long as you skip over the skim variety (2% will keep you feeling fuller, and it’s good fat) and stick with plain (fruit or honey = dessert), you’ve got a rich-tasting snack with a reasonable amount of sugar. For more great options, check out these Best Brand-Name Yogurts for Weight Loss.

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The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas with Sea Salt, 1 ounce

Calories 120
Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Sodium 185 mg
Carbs 18 g
Fiber 5 g
Sugar 1 g
Protein 5 g

Along with other legumes, chickpeas are a new weight-loss superfood. Their high fiber and protein content increases satiety, and a number of studies have shown that people who add them to a reduced-calorie diet lose more weight and have lower cholesterol. Reach for these the next time you have a chips craving, and you’ll feel better about yourself the next morning (particularly if you use these to help power through a workout).

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Blue Diamond Coffee Almonds, Caramel Macchiato Flavor, 24 nuts

Calories 160
Fat 13 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Sodium 30 mg
Carbs 7 g
Fiber 3 g
Sugar 3 g
Protein 6 g

Almonds are weight-loss magic bullets, thanks to the amino acid L-arginine, which helps build lean muscle and, according to Mayo Clinic researchers, reduces belly fat. In breaking news, you don’t have to eat them plain: This Starbucksian flavor makes them a treat, and they even contain caffeine (25mg, about the amount in ¼ cup of coffee), which has been shown to trigger lipolysis, a.k.a. the breakdown of fat cells.

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Wild Garden Hummus to Go Snack, Roasted Garlic, 1 packet

Calories 63
Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Sodium 120 mg
Carbs 3 g
Fiber 1 g
Sugar 2 g
Protein 6 g

Chickpeas are a weight-loss superstar: Along with other members of the legume family, they make you feel fuller longer and lower body mass by releasing cholecystokinin, an appetite-suppressing hormone. This snack’s good balance of proteins and fats make hummus a comfort food in more ways than one.

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Justin’s Almond Butter, 1 squeeze packet

Calories 200
Fat 18 g
Saturated Fat 2.5 g
Sodium 0 mg
Carbs 6 g
Fiber 3 g
Sugar 1 g
Protein 6 g

Almond butter: So good for you, previously somewhat impractical as a snack (unless you were willing to go full-on “eccentric” and haul out a full jar on the subway or at a red light). No more. These single-serving packets deliver almond butter’s holy trifecta of protein, good fats and the belly-burning amino acid L-arginine, an ideal pre- or post-gym pick-me-up.

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Good Health Kettle Style Avocado Oil Potato Chips With Sea Salt, 1 ounce

Calories 140
Fat 8 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Sodium 100 mg
Carbs 17 g
Fiber 1 g
Sugar 0 g
Protein 2 g

If you absolutely must satisfy a craving for chips, make it these: They’re made with avocado oil, which is an unsung weight-loss superfood. Researchers at Penn State University found that people who consumed avocado oil lost more belly fat than those who didn’t. The reason is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that boosts energy and suppresses hunger.

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Artisana Coconut Butter, 1 squeeze pack

Calories 221
Fat 21 g
Saturated Fat 19 g
Sodium 12 mg
Carbs 8 g
Fiber 6 g
Sugar 2 g
Protein 2 g

You’ve probably heard that almond butter is a weight-loss winner (see above), but you may not have considered its coconut cousin. You should. The medium-chain triglycerides in coconut burn as clean energy instead of hanging around the body as flab: A study published in the journal Pharmacology found that men who ate two tablespoons of coconut oil a day for one month reduced their waist size by an inch.

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Kind Bar Plus Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio, 1 bar

Calories 190
Fat 10 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Sodium 25 mg
Carbs 22 g
Fiber 3 g
Sugar 10 g
Protein 4 g

This snack bar has three fat-burning superfoods in one: Pomegranate is dense in cell-repairing antioxidants; the fat-burning phytochemicals in blueberries make them one of the most powerful fruits for fat loss; and researchers at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition found that pistachios have the power to reduce BMI.

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Harvest Snaps Tomato Basil Lentil Snaps, 22 pieces

Calories 120
Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Sodium 85 mg
Carbs 15 g
Fiber 2 g
Sugar 1 g
Protein 5 g

These only look like french fries. Lentils are part of the legume family, which researchers have found can accelerate fat burning. A recent Spanish study found that people who followed a reduced-calorie diet and ate four servings of legumes a week lost more weight than those who didn’t—a good reason to reach for beans and lentils at snacktime.

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Sahale Snacks Snack Better Pomegranate Pistachios With Almonds, Cherries and Black Pepper, 1/4 cup

Calories 160
Fat 10 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Sodium 135 mg
Carbs 12 g
Fiber 3 g
Sugar 7 g
Protein 5 g

This snack brings together a crazy number of fat-burning foods: Pistachios have been shown to reduce belly flab, almonds contain a compound that reduces the amount of fat absorbed by the body, and according to a study at the University of Michigan, tart cherries have the ability to turn off fat genes. Plus, black pepper is one of the best spices for fat loss. Check out more of the 7 Best Foods for Rapid Weight Loss.

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Bare Snacks Simply Cinnamon Crunchy Apple Chips, 1/2 cup

Calories 90
Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Sodium 10 mg
Carbs 26 g
Fiber 4 g
Sugar 21 g
Protein 0 g
Researchers at Florida State found that people who ate a cup of dried apples daily lost more weight than those who didn’t. Why? Apples contain querectin, a phytochemical that burns fat. That’s reason enough to make this a good snack choice, but there’s a bonus ingredient: Cinnamon, a fat-burning superspice.

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