Foods that help in weight loss
The word dieting has become ubiquitous these days. There are so many kinds of diets that are being advertised these days that it’s difficult to understand which diet to follow and which one will suit one’s body the most. With so many rules associated with the various kinds of diets one is usually in a quandary as to what foods to eat and what to avoid when one is trying to be healthy and initiate weight loss. There are quite a few foods that aid one in losing weight and when eaten in the right quantity provides the body with the right amount of nutrition. So, let’s take a look at the foods that help in weight loss.
Starting a meal with a soup helps one eat less. The best forms of soup are the ones without dollops of cream and butter. It may be pureed boiled vegetables or chunky and broth based vegetarian or non-vegetarian preparations.
Kale, spinach, collards are examples of leafy green vegetables. They have a lot of fiber and are low in carbohydrates and calories, making them ideal foods for losing weight. They help in increasing energy and metabolism and are also high in vitamins, minerals, calcium and antioxidants.
Beans are a great source of protein and fiber. They are quite filling and can help one in feeling full for a long time and avoid overeating.
Ever thought chocolate could help you make lose weight? It’s true. Dark chocolate contains a lot of flavonoids and is shown to lower the risk of heart disease and cholesterol.
Oily fish contain high quality protein, healthy fats, iodine and helps one to be satiated. Salmon is a good example of oily fish and is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. It helps in the proper functioning of the thyroid and helps one be energetic. Mackerel, trout, sardines and herring are other examples of oily fish.
Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts are examples of cruciferous vegetables. They have high fiber content and contain protein and contain cancer fighting substances.
Lean meats like chicken and turkey are an excellent source of proteins and are prescribed to lose weight. Here we mean the boiled chicken and not the butter soaked chicken or turkey dishes.
Even though they have high fat content, nuts are not fattening. In fact they contain fiber, protein and healthy fats. When eaten in moderation, nuts like almonds and walnuts help in weight loss. They are best alternative to unhealthy between meals snacks like potato chips and butter biscuits but just in rationed amount at a time.
Fruits with high water content especially citrus fruits like oranges help lose weight. They add to the water level in the body, give vitamins, keep you full and make you feel fresh. The best part is that most of the fruits can be eaten irrespective of any disease or temporary disorders.
Yogurt is an excellent source of probiotic bacteria that improves the functions of the gut which in turn keeps inflammation and obesity at bay. Yes, I know it is bit boring but it is way more interesting if you can experiment with various fruits and muesli with yogurt.
If you are a vegetarian or a vegan, the soy and its products is your best alternative to lean meats. Like chicken it is full of proteins and healthy. Examples are soybeans, soy champs, soy chunks etc.
Yes, it is indeed a fruit but it needs a special mention for being an all season-all day fruit and the most powerful one. It offers exhaustive benefits like high energy, potassium, kills constipation, build strong bones etc. The trick is to eat banana when you feel hungry between the meals and once you have eaten, you feel full and stops you from binging on unhealthy stuff.
You need to plan in advance on your diet and when to take what. Remember lack of planning and taking even these randomly will not offer great results.
Now that you know the healthy foods, design your diet accordingly and say hello to weight loss and Kick ass!
STAY STRONG, BE FIT !