Are you looking to shed some of that extra weight? The key to a healthy weight loss lies in changing your lifestyle to a healthy one. That includes an adequately nutritious diet and regular exercise. Some people find it tough to control their hunger for food. So, here is the list of some of the best food items you can take on a regular basis that will provide plenty of nutrition, besides aiding in weight loss. The list is not sorted by any means, so you can go for the food items that you like, and soon you will be able to achieve the ideal weight you want to have.
Watermelons really help in weight loss. A watermelon is 90% water, 6% sugar and has very low fat. Although it is an annual plant, it’s good especially in summers, as it revitalizes the body with water. It’s low on calories, and the antioxidants in watermelon help burn those fats. It fills up your stomach really quickly, so you will end up having less room for other food. Another plus point, it really tastes great.
Blueberries are high in water and fibers and consuming them will keep your stomach full, longer. Plus, these are really sweet, so if you a sweet tooth, then these berries can really come in handy. Satisfying your hunger for sweets, blueberries just serve a fraction of calories as compared to cookies and cakes. The antioxidant in these berries helps fight those fats too.
An apple a day keeps the doctors away. An old saying, but still holds effective even today. Apples and even pears are high in water content. Eating them without peeling the skin, will give you more fibers and will keep you fuller for longer. Also, chewing an apple with the skin will make you put in more effort, so you burn more calories at the same time. Just don’t make a smoothie. Enjoy the fruit as it was meant to be. Besides all the help in weight loss, apples are really good for your health.
I have never personally tried grapefruit. But many studies on this fruit suggest that grapefruit are really good in helping lose weight. People have tried eating half a grapefruit, half an hour before their regular meals and they have successfully lost a considerable amount of weight. Grapefruits are good in water and fiber so eating them makes you feel more satiated, so you eat lesser calories. They are known to be a powerhouse for a healthy heart. I have personally not tried them, but I will love to hear if this worked for you.
Moving on from fruits now, Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is considered to be a superfood when it comes to weight loss. It is part of all weight loss programs out there. This superfood removes any hunger cravings and itself is abundant in protein, fiber, iron, zinc, etc. but has hardly any calories. It’s cooked in the same way as you cook rice. You can add vegetables to add flavor.
Oats or Oatmeal is the most common food used for aiding in weight loss, throughout the world. They are very rich in whole grain fibers, which increases the metabolism and aid in quick weight loss. Taken hot, they fill up your tummy quickly and help you stay full for longer. Usually, people make their oatmeal sweet by using sugar, but that doesn’t help really. The best trick is to cook oatmeal with cinnamon or nutmeg. That adds to the sweetness but not to calories and you have a sweet low-calorie meal, ready in no time.
There are a lot of types of beans, so you have the option to pick up those beans that you like. Beans are a super-rich source of proteins and are good in fibers. They are very low on fibers, so you can fill your tummy for very low calories. You can use them for soup, salads or dips, as per your taste. Besides being satisfying for your stomach, they also help lower cholesterol levels.
Many studies suggest that green tea helps a lot in burning abdominal fat from the body. It personally works for me, so I would recommend this to everyone. Green tea temporarily boosts your metabolism, due to the presence of catechins, a type of phytochemical. It is suggested to take your green tea hot, so as to take a longer time to drink it down for a pleasant experience. I don’t like its taste but people do develop it with time. A person may need to take cups of green tea, several times a day for some good result in weight loss.
Greek yogurt is also known as strained yogurts, as they are strained to remove it’s whey, leaving a thick consistency and same taste. They have double the amount of proteins than any other yogurts. They are thick, so it takes more time to digest, thus keeping you full for longer. It helps you burn more calories with the digestion. Do not go for sugary yogurts. Always prefer low fat, no fat and less sugar type of yogurts. Add fruits or oats for added flavor and wholesome meals.
You will be hearing a lot of people, who are trying to shed some weight, say that they eat only salads. Yet, many of them do not lose any weight. Salads are really tricky. Most of the salads are high in water, so it quickly makes you feel full. Lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, cabbage, broccoli, radishes, spinach, etc. , all make a good salad and taking a good salad before meals, leaves lesser space for other foods. So you consume lesser calories. However, people do go wrong when it comes to dressing a salad. Typical dressings contain a lot of calories, so you will have to avoid or cut down on most of them to get good weight loss results. One can substitute these dressings with fruits and nuts to make the salad more interesting.
Avocados are rich in fiber and proteins. They also contain fats that are considered healthy for humans. These are the monounsaturated fats containing a compound called oleic acid, which helps curb your appetite. Do not eat much of this creamy fruit. Just stick to quarter or half of a piece. You can make sandwiches using avocados and tomatoes and lettuce too. They work wonders.
Hot peppers contain capsaicin, which is a flavorless chemical. It is believed that capsaicin increases your metabolism slightly while curbing your appetite. However, it only does so, for a short period of time. It does help aid in weight loss but you cannot each much spicy food. So using hot peppers will make you eat a lesser amount of food.
Air Popped Popcorns
Air-popped popcorn is literally my favorite snack. I get a huge bowl of these which may seem a lot for some people. But since they are air-popped, they hardly contain any calories, but they fill up my tummy fast. It’s all about volume than calories. Please don’t add butter or oil or caramel to these. They taste better, but then they add a lot of calories to your snack. They also help with my desire for crunch. So I can skip the chips and fries and just snack on the air-popped popcorn.
Till now the list has been all vegetarian. For the non-vegetarian lovers out there, you can try the following for weight loss:
Fish are a brilliant source of proteins and very very low in fat. Most of them contain a good form of fat called Omega 3 fatty acids, which help in protecting from heart diseases and other chronic diseases. Fish like Salmon, Herring, etc are a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids. So eating fish helps aid in weight loss.
It is very important to know as to what qualifies for lean meats as opposed to those that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts and turkey cutlets are the leanest of all available poultry choices. As for the beef, the leanest cuts are round steaks and roasts, flank steak, top loin, top sirloin, chuck shoulder, and arm roasts. Stick to these cuts for low-fat meals. This will fulfill your cravings and since there is less fat, it will help you achieve those weight loss goals.
There is one major ingredient that should be part of your daily routine is ‘drinking plenty of water‘. Keep yourself hydrated. Drink a good amount of water every day. Some say that an average adult should drink 3 liters of water a day. Water helps cleanse your body, so oils and toxins are washed out from your body this way. Not only does it aid in weight loss, it also helps in getting good skin. So water always works.
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