10 Foods You Never Thought You’d Eat While Dieting

Waffles, pizza, cake—nothing's off limits on Nutrisystem's Uniquely Yours.

10 Foods You Never Thought You’d Eat While Dieting

Waffles, pizza, cake—nothing's off limits on Nutrisystem's Uniquely Yours.

Sponsored by Nutrisystem

What if we told you there was a secret meal for weight loss that’s also a childhood favorite, a guilty pleasure and a comfort food—all rolled up into one? You’d tell us we’re nuts. And we’d tell you we are nuts—for pizza. And hamburgers. And pancakes. Believe it or not, you can have them and diet, too.

Indulgences—not restrictions—can lead to safe and effective weight loss, the kind that’s delicious, sustainable, safe and effective. Here are the 10 Foods You Never Thought You’d Eat While Dieting, compliments of Eat This, Not That! and inspired by Nutrisystem’s most popular meal plan, Uniquely Yours, which features all of those decadent foods and more. Eating them, lose up to 13 pounds and 7 inches overall in your first month!

Weight Loss Shocker #1: Pancakes

Breakfast may indeed be the most important meal of the day, according to recent research. Of people who’ve lost 30 pounds or more, 80 percent kept the weight off by eating a high-protein breakfast every day, according to a study done by the National Weight Control Registry, who concluded that “eating breakfast is a characteristic common to successful weight-loss maintainers.” And what better wake-up call than pancakes? Made like those on Uniquely Yours, they can be high in protein, low in sugar and infinitely delicious.

Weight Loss Shocker #2: Buttermilk Waffles

The keyword here is milk—that means you’re getting protein (Nutrisystem‘s Uniquely Yours’ has 5 grams). And if you top them with healthy fruits or a sugar-free syrup, you can start your morning off sweet.

Weight Loss Shocker #3: Breakfast Sandwiches with Sausage

Start your morning with some sizzle—guilt-free—with some simple swaps. What kind of muffin? Whole wheat, not enriched wheat flour. What kind of sausage? Turkey, not beef. The result is a sandwich with 14 grams of protein and only 180 calories, like that found in Uniquely Yours.

Weight Loss Shocker #4: Pizza

Get this: 93 percent of Americans eat at least one piece of pizza per month. That means people are grabbing a slice of hot cheese more often than they change their bed sheets. And despite it’s bad rap, there’s nothing wrong with the Italian staple, since it’s often an optimal blend of protein, fats and fiber, like the pizza found on the Uniquely Yours plan.

Weight Loss Shocker #5: Pasta

Carbs don’t make you fat; the wrong carbs do. Whole wheat pasta, like the kind you’ll find in Uniquely Yours, has something called “resistant starch,” which resists digestion (hence the name) so it passes through the small intestine without being digested. This feeds healthy gut bacteria, leading to prolonged feelings of fullness and more efficient fat oxidation. In fact, one study found that replacing just 5 percent of the day’s carbohydrates with a source of resistant starch can boost post-meal fat burn by up to 30 percent!

Weight Loss Shocker #6: Meatloaf

The ultimate comfort food can also help you slim down safely—it’s mainly protein and veggies like onions, shaped into a nice tight package. And paired with mashed potatoes—another form of resistant starch—you’ll get a high protein meal that keeps you fuller, longer. Just another offering on the Uniquely Yours plan.

Weight Loss Shocker #7: Burgers

Sandwiched between a whole wheat bun, hamburgers are actually the perfect weight loss food: high in protein and fiber, low in unhealthy carbs. Nutrisystem’s juicy hamburgers have only 240 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 14 grams of protein.

Weight Loss Shocker #8: Ice Cream

As in ice cream sandwiches. The classic snack is one of Nutrisystem’s all-time best sellers. Creamy vanilla flavored ice cream is sandwiched between two chocolatey wafers—the perfect diet friendly choice when you’re in the mood for something sweet, because it’s an essential source of protein and fiber.

Weight Loss Shocker #9: Cookies

The classic favorite isn’t always a no-go if it’s prepared with sugar-free chocolate chips. In fact, they can be an excellent source of protein and fiber.

Weight Loss Shocker #10: Cake

Chocolate Cake. Golden Pound Cake. Red Velvet Whoopie Pie. You can eat all of those and more on a plan like Uniquely Yours, because they’re made with whole wheat flour and wheat protein isolate, upping the fiber and protein counts.

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This content is sponsored by Nutrisystem. Expect to lose 5 pounds your first week, for an average 1-2 pounds per week. Results vary based on starting weight and program adherence.