Best Foods for Weight Loss
People these days are looking for fast and effective ways to lose weight. When exercising wasn’t enough, they turned to food, the main source of the problem. Although some foods make losing weight difficult, there are foods which we think cause us to gain some pounds instead of shed them. Some may surprise us.
Of course, we can’t deny the power of fruits and vegetables. Eating a meal consisting of fruits and vegetables as the majority enables you to burn 16% more calories. One of the best fruits there are is the grapefruit.
Since the grapefruit juice diet has gotten the attention of dieters everywhere, numerous researches have been done to verify the effectiveness. In all those researches, the grapefruit juice has passed.
Though none of the researches have able to pin-point the exact reason, there are still added benefits with the grapefruit such as cancer-fighting compounds and half of the fruit only has 39 calories! Other examples are apples, bananas, avocados, pumpkins and all the green vegetables.
Next on the list are almonds. Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus and protein. Although they are small and are mostly eaten as snacks, they are very filling so you don’t have to wonder what happens if you’re still hungry.
There’s another type of nut that dieters go for. There are the Brazil Nuts which contain selenium, an element which is required by our body to produce thyroid hormones which keeps our metabolism high. With a high metabolism, fat will burn faster.
Next up, there’s the oatmeal, the common breakfast food. Oatmeal is rich in fiber which, like the Brazil nuts, makes you feel full for long periods of time and still maintain the level of energy you started the day with. Buy the oatmeal that wasn’t added with artificial flavour as they will have higher levels of sugar than unseasoned oatmeal.
Fish has been known to have a fat-burning hormone called Leptin. This hormone regulates energy intake and expenditure which is very helpful in a daily diet. Fish also contain nutrients which are good for both your heart and brain.
Last but not the least, we can’t forget about red meat. Lean cuts of beef have a lot or iron in them which can actually boost your memory and help you recover from fatigue.
And for something to drink, coffee which has caffeine raises your metabolism which burns about 30-50 calories per day. Drinking a cup can last that boost in your metabolism for four hours. Plus, those who drink coffee are less prone to insulin resistance because of chlorogenic acid found in that cup of coffee.
Although these foods may assist you in your weight loss journey, it is always important to remember that it take hard work to achieve your goal. And if your goal is to lose some weight, just a little exercise would not hurt you. Think of the food as the reward to keep you going strong.