Losing weight is not easy. A weight loss regimen is synonymous with deprivation and starving, isn’t it? But, would you believe us if we told you that you could lose weight without having to feel tired and depressed? Sounds too good to be true? Read on, and you will know we are not exaggerating at all.
This weight loss method is all about eating, and more importantly, including not just foods but superfoods that not only help with weight loss but also provide overall nutrition to your body. What more can you ask for?
What are superfoods?
A powerhouse of nutrition, superfoods are not only brain foods, but they also strengthen your bones and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. These are additional benefits you get from these superfoods besides helping you stay slim. Here’s how you can make the most of a few readily available superfoods and give your health a boost.
Ever since people started taking a special interest in maintaining their health and weight, oats have become the go-to food, so much that they are a breakfast option in most diets. What makes oats a popular superfood? Well, they are a rich source of fiber and make you feel full for longer. Oats are also rich in resistant starch. Now, if that sounds new, we are willing to shed some light on this remarkable nutrition breakthrough.
Most foods rich in carbohydrates naturally contain resistant starch, which is nothing but a type of dietary fiber that resists digestion and has a great impact on weight loss. It not only curbs cravings but also enhances the body’s ability to burn fat.
A rich source of fiber, protein, and resistant starch, kidney beans (rajma) must be a part of your diet if you want to lose weight. Have them on a regular basis and see how they will burn your fat away.
An excellent source of dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins, this green veggie is low in fat and calories. Now, you know why you must consider adding this to your meal plan if you are serious about losing weight.
How many times haven’t you heard your granny glorify the goodness of dal and cereals (a staple for Indians)? Trust us, she was right throughout. Here’s why. If you have your diet chart in front you, you will surely notice that your dietitian has included either dal or cereals in your meal plans. That’s because they are a rich source of protein, which aids quick weight loss. And, if you haven’t already tried this, black beans are your best bet. The best thing about these legumes is that they contain no saturated fat.
When you think of superfoods, the first thing that comes to your mind are the nuts. A powerhouse of nutrients, they are packed with loads of goodness. And, if you want to take your pick to lose weight, almond is your best bet. A rich source of healthy fats, it can aid weight loss.
These berries are your go-to food if you desire a lean body. A cup of these juicy berries has just 80 calories and about 8 grams of fiber. So, the next time you feel hungry, reach out for a bowl of blueberries.
If you want to see your body go from flab to fab, it’s high time you replaced that bowl of polished white rice with brown rice. Like oats, brown rice too contains resistant starch, which increases the metabolic rate and burns fat. Brown rice is also packed with fiber. It gives you the feeling of a full stomach and is low in calories.
Again, rich in resistant starch and excellent sources of fiber and protein that help up your body’s metabolism and burn fat.
This surely is a wonder fruit. If you are planning to lose one pound a week, make sure you have half a grapefruit before every meal. It is rich in protein and consists of 90% water. Grapefruit can make you feel full and stop you from eating more. Besides, a compound in grapefruit has the ability to bring down the fat storage hormone, insulin. Ultimately, this will help you shed pounds.
If you can recall, we discussed fatty foods that are good for you in one of our earlier articles. One such food is the avocado that can suppress hunger due to the presence of oleic acid. It is a rich source of protein and fiber too. Having a quarter piece of this buttery fruit can burn that stubborn fat on your tummy.
Perhaps you are willing to this (wink)! So tempting, yet so good too! Research indicates that those who have wine in moderation have a narrow waist and less fat on their belly. Grape skin contains the antioxidant resveratrol, which ensures the fat doesn’t get stored in your body. Yes, wine can boost your calorie burn. But, don’t get carried away and get drunk!
Of late, this has become everyone’s preferred cup of tea, literally! A rich source of antioxidants, green tea can boost your metabolic rate and speed up the calorie burning process.
If you had second thoughts about including eggs in your diet due to cholesterol, dismiss them right away. Egg, certainly, is a superfood loaded with protein that can be part of your breakfast. This protein-rich food can curb your appetite and help you reach your weight loss goals sooner.
Now, that you have a list of superfoods that can help you in your weight loss mission, why not make a beginning right away?