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9 Best Yogurts For Weight Loss

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Packed with protein, crammed with calcium, popping with probiotics, yogurt has all the makings of the best weight loss foods.

But tread ye carefully in the aisle of the fermented milk products; manufacturers have a knack for cramming as much sugar and artificial ingredients into yogurt pots as they do candy bars as we found out doing research for Eat This, Not That!. The next time you find yourself discombobulated in the dairy section, refer to this handy guide for stocking up and still losing weight.

Psst! Don't miss even more suggestions with this list of 25 Best Yogurts for Weight Loss!

If You Like Vanilla Varieties

Eat This

Siggi's Icelandic Style Strained Non-Fat Yogurt, Vanilla, 5.3 oz

Calories

100

Fat

0 g

Sugar

9 g

Protein

14 g

Not That!

Yoplait Thick and Creamy Yogurt, Vanilla, 6 oz

Calories

180

Fat

2.5 g

Sugar

28 g

Protein

7 g

Not just great-tasting, Siggi’s is one of the lowest sugar vanilla yogurts on the market. The Icelandic yogurt is strained like Greek varieties, which also ups the protein content. However, Yoplait's vanilla yogurt has four times as much sugar as protein. At 28 grams per container, you’re looking at more sugar than you’ll find in seven Dunkin’ Donuts Sugar Raised donuts!

If You Prefer a Peachy Parfait

Eat This

Kalona Super Natural Organic 2% Yogurt, Peach, 6 oz

Calories

107

Fat

2.5 g

Sugar

8 g

Protein

6 g

Not That!

Dannon Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt, Peach, 6 oz

Calories

150

Fat

1.5 g

Sugar

27 g

Protein

6 g

Made from all natural ingredients and organic, grass-fed, non-homogenized milk, Kalona is as much a treat for your tastebuds as it is for your health! However, “Fruit on the Bottom” often means “sugar on the top.” This variety has 27 grams of the sweet stuff—more sugar than you’ll find in two McDonald’s apple pies!

If You’re Looking for an Indulgent Mix-In

Eat This

Yo Crunch Low-Fat Yogurt, Vanilla with Chips Ahoy® Cookie Pieces, 4 oz

Calories

120

Fat

3 g

Sugar

16 g

Protein

4 g

Not That!

Chobani Greek Yogurt Flip, Almond Coco Loco, 5.3 oz

Calories

240

Fat

10 g

Sugar

21 g

Protein

12 g

This yogurt is impressively low cal for a cookie-strewn treat. While it does have a bit more sugar than we’d ideally like to see it’s relatively low when you compare it to the competition. Save 120 calories and 5 grams of sugar by picking YoCrunch over Chobani. While the majority of the extra calories and fat in Chobani's breakfast treat come from the almonds, the chunks of chocolate and coconut flavored yogurt are loaded with sugar. Matter which option you ultimately choose, these chocolate and candy filled yogurts should only be once and awhile treats— not daily dishes.

If You Like Chocolate Varieties

Eat This

Chobani Greek Yogurt, Chocolate Dust, 2 oz

Calories

60

Fat

1.5 g

Sugar

6 g

Protein

5 g

Not That!

Yoplait Whips!, Chocolate Mousse, 4 oz

Calories

160

Fat

4 g

Sugar

22 g

Protein

5 g

When it comes to indulgences, it’s all about portion control. Chobani hits the nail on the head with this kid-sized chocolaty bend. You could eat more than three of these 2 ounce containers of yogurt before you’d take in the sugar-equivalent of Yoplait’s similar variety. How Yoplait packs so many calories and sugar in such a small container, we may never know. A half cup of chocolate soft serve actually has less sugar than this yogurt, and wouldn’t you rather just have that? We know we would.

If You Want Something Savory

Eat This

Blue Hills All Natural Yogurt, Butternut Squash, 6 oz

Calories

100

Fat

2.5 g

Sugar

6 g

Protein

4 g

Not That!

Chobani Greek Yogurt, Pumpkin Spice, 5.3 oz

Calories

130

Fat

3 g

Sugar

12 g

Protein

12 g

Most flavored yogurts turn to fruits and desserts for inspiration but savory yogurts are starting to shake up the food scene. Blue Hill gets in on the trend while keeping sugar and calories in check. While Chobani’s savory yogurt isn’t too awful, it does have twice the amount of the sugar of Blue Hill’s which is why we place it on the “Not That” side of our list.

If You Want a Touch of Honey

Eat This

Dannon Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Honey, 5.3 oz

Calories

120

Fat

0 g

Sugar

17 g

Protein

12 g

Not That!

Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt, Honey, 5.3 oz

Calories

170

Fat

0 g

Sugar

29 g

Protein

13 g

Kudos to Oikos for using honey to turn this into a lightly sweetened treat without making it a sugar-packed breakfast blunder. Plus, it’s bursting with 13 grams of hunger-busting protein, and we totally love that! However, bite for bite Fage’s, honey sweetened yogurt has more calories and sugar than Oikos'. Plus, it’s the sugar equivalent of 11 hershey Kisses, making it a definite “Not That!”

If You Need a Lactose-Free Yogurt

Eat This

Lifeaway Low-fat Kefir, Cherry, 8 oz

Calories

140

Fat

2 g

Sugar

20 g

Protein

11 g

Not That!

Yoplait Lactose Free, Cherry, 6 oz

Calories

170

Fat

1.5 g

Sugar

26 g

Protein

5 g

Kefer is 99 percent lactose free, making it a great yogurt alternative for most intolerant individuals. Plus, this it’s easy to eat on the go, loaded with 11 grams of protein and has more probiotic bacteria than traditional yogurts. We overlook the slightly high sugar count because the drink is low in calories and serves up so many additional health benefits. On the other hand, while Yoplait Lactose Free lacks the lactate that upsets your stomach, it doesn’t bring any other nutritional benefits to the table. Packed with more sugar and less than half the protein in Lifeway’s smoothie, this container is better left on supermarket shelves.

If You Prefer Things Plain Jane

Eat This

Fage Total 2% Greek Yogurt, Plain, 7 oz

Calories

150

Fat

4 g

Sugar

8 g

Protein

20 g

Not That!

Greek Gods Non-Fat Greek Yogurt, Plain, 6 oz

Calories

100

Fat

0 g

Sugar

14 g

Protein

9 g

Not just creamier and more delicious than the nonfat variety, the little bit of milkfat in 2% Fage allows your body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins in the yogurt. Plus, you can’t get a much purer ingredient list than this: milk, cream, and cultures (oh my!). Greek Gods, on the other hand? A plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt with more sugar than protein? No thank you.

If You’re Cutting Back on Fat

Eat This

Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt, Blueberry, 5.3 oz

Calories

100

Fat

0 g

Sugar

8 g

Protein

12 g

Not That!

Cannon Light & Fit Yogurt, Strawberry Cheesecake, 6 oz

Calories

80

Fat

0 g

Sugar

9 g

Protein

5 g

It’s rare to find a fruit-flavored yogurt with more protein than sugar. This one’s also gluten-free, kosher, and free of artificial ingredients. Dannon Light & Fit, however, features fructose on the ingredient list twice, along with Sucralose, aspartame and artificial coloring. If you have to search for any mention of actual fruit on the label of a fruit yogurt, leave it on the shelf!


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