Whether you're trying to lose a significant amount of weight or the last 10 pounds, dropping fat is incredibly difficult.

Low-calorie diets can be unreasonable (especiallt if you're hungry all the time), which is why nutritionists urge dieters to eat quality, nutrient-dense foods instead. Their benefits equal or outweigh their caloric impact. 

"For one, fiber-packed foods are a great way to fill up and control hunger, mange blood glucose levels, and promote gastrointestinal health," says Katherine Zeratsky R.D.N., L.D., at the Mayo Clinic. "Fruits and veggies are rich in fiber and mostly water, which makes them heavy (your stomach feels weight) and keeps you fuller longer, while being low in calories," she adds.

Coupled with plant-based foods that are naturallly high in protein and you'll get a hunger-curbing one-two punch that'll ignite your metabolic fire, keep you satisfied, and torch calories while you chew. 

Add these foods to your "diet" if you're looking to drop some pounds. The best part? It won't feel like a diet at all.