Packed with nutrients, these foods help you shed excess pounds. Try these to boost your weight loss.
You don’t have to deprive yourself or eat boring meals when you are on a weight-loss program. There are plenty of tasty choices to consider — foods rich in the vitamins and minerals your body needs and packed with nutrients that can help you shed pounds quicker and more easily! Add some variety and spice to your healthy-eating menus to help melt away the excess weight.
An apple a day keeps weight gain away and is the perfect snack-on-the-go to curb sugar cravings. Apples have antioxidants that help prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by extra belly fat.
All berries are good for you, but blueberries have an extra punch of power with the highest antioxidant level of all commonly consumed fruit. They’re rich in fibre at 3.6 grams per cup, so you’ll feel full longer. Switch things up at breakfast with a bowl of blueberries topped with a sprinkling of cereal and yoghurt for a sweet start to your day.
The juice gets a lot of attention, but pomegranate seeds are loaded with folate and disease-fighting antioxidants. They’re high in fibre and low in calories, and munching them can satisfy a sweet tooth. Sprinkle the seeds on raw baby spinach for a lively salad, or snack on them raw.
Very tart and chewy, goji berries are a surprising source of protein with a calorie cost of just 35 per tablespoon. They also deliver 18 amino acids to control appetite. Snack on them plain or mix with walnuts and raisins for a nutritious trail mix.
Want a flat stomach? Eat more lentils! They help stop insulin spikes that cause the body to create excess fat, especially in the abdominal area. Red and yellow lentils cook up in about 15 minutes and can be added to pasta and marinara sauces for a heartier, more filling dish. They have a mild flavour and are loaded with protein, so you can skip the meat altogether.
Beef has gotten a bad rap, but eating it can actually help you to lose weight! A 4-ounce serving of lean beef delivers plenty of protein — so grill it up, slice thinly on a big salad or make healthy veggie and beef fajitas.
One cup of raw chopped kale gives you a hearty helping of iron, calcium and fibre in just 34 calories. Make it a meal by tossing with quinoa, or saute it in vegetable broth for a healthy side dish.
Fish fats are heart-healthy and wild salmon is the superstar! Its Omega 3 fatty acids improve insulin sensitivity to help build muscle and decrease belly fat. More muscle means you burn calories better — more quickly and efficiently.
Other great food choices to include if you’re trying to shed pounds: buckwheat pasta, olive oil, quinoa, yoghurt, hot chilies like jalapeno and cayenne peppers, and steel-cut oats.