Delicious foods can in fact help you lose weight. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
No doubt, weight loss is an exact science. Eat fewer calories than you burn and you lose weight.
There are some foods which help you shed weight and others that help kick start your metabolism. We take a look at a few such foods:
An apple a day may keep the weight at bay! Eaten in its whole form as a fruit and not as a juice or sauce effectively blunts the appetite.
Nuts make for a great quick snack. A handful of almonds, peanuts and walnuts packs a punch. Research has shown that those who munch on nuts eat relatively less at mealtime.
Black beans, kidney beans, lentils and some other beans are rich in protein and fiber, and satiate hunger effectively. They also contain some resistant starch and are a low calorie meal option.
The grapefruit is a less-talked about miracle for weight loss. Studies have shown that eating half a grapefruit some half an hour before meals can help people shed weight more easily and effectively. Be careful though, grapefruit cannot be combined with certain medications, so consult your physician if you are on lifestyle medication.
If you start a meal with a bowl of soup you might actually end up consuming fewer calories. Keep the soup broth-based and make sure it’s between 100-150 calories per serving. Adding a dollop of butter isn’t really an option for those who need to shed some pounds.
Eggs and protein-rich foods
Although a high intake of eggs may cause an increase in bad LDL-cholesterol levels in some people, eggs are a great food item to include in your diet if you’re looking to lose weight.
Lean chicken, beef and salmon are some other non-vegetarian protein-rich foods that are effective in satisfying the appetite and cravings, whilst packing in a whole load of protein. It has been shown that people who eat a high protein diet, burn 80-100 calories more per day than those who do not consume ample protein each day.
Both traditional and Greek yogurt is a great food for maintaining your waistline. 12,000 people’s diets were tracked for a decade or longer in one Harvard study, and it was found that yogurt, of all the foods tracked, was most closely linked to weight loss.
Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli all come under this category of veggies. Cruciferous vegetables are high-fiber, low-calorie, packed in with protein and most importantly very filling.
Tuna is a great lean, non-fatty fish regularly consumed by bodybuilders when they are on a calorie-deficit diet. If you’re trying to minimize calorie intake, make sure to choose tuna stored in salt water rather than in oil.
Avocados are a truly unique breed of fruit. While most fruits are carb-heavy, avocados are rich in healthy fats. They contain many important nutrients including fiber and potassium, making them a great addition to salads.
Chocolate between meals can actually help you lose weight. Just remember to choose dark varieties over the milky ones. Chocolate lovers, in a certain study, ate 15% less pizza when they ate dark instead of milk chocolate.
Including the above foods in your diet along with creating a regular exercise regime is your path to losing those pesky pounds.