It all starts with your day!
Wouldn’t that be the worst way to start a day? If this is how you feel, not just on a single day, but for a considerable amount of time, then chances are that your body needs an upheaval. Don’t worry. It is not just you who is bogged down by weight issues.
Imagine yourself waking up from bed with a feeling of heaviness. The whole day is lying ahead of you like a never-ending road. You have a long to-do list. However, your body seems to be sapped of energy.
39% of Americans are at risk
Statistics from 2015-2016 shows that at least 39% of American adults fall under the category of obesity. Obesity is proven to be the root cause of health hazards — from strokes to bone disorders, all range of disorders accompany obesity.
Maintaining an ideal body weight is not just essential but mandatory to enjoying a healthy lifestyle. It ensures that a healthy immune system which is crucial to live a life free from diseases. In other words, the fitter you are, the more physically active you will be.
Let’s get started, shall we?
But, if losing weight was so easy everybody would be doing it, right? Truth be told, it is difficult to lose weight. From hitting the gym to cultivating strong diet habits, the entire fitness diet is a difficult routine to cultivate.
Although the first two things are manageable, the last one needs expert guidance, which I am giving you.
Here are some of the foods that help you lose weight.
1. Whole Eggs
Whole eggs is considered to be one of the best weight loss foods for a reason.They are high in protein and fat content, hence making you feel fuller. Having large quantities of eggs daily causes accumulation of bad LDL-cholesterol in our bodies. Studies shows that intake of 3 eggs per day is enough to suppress your appetite and to lose weight.
2. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens like spinach, Kale, Collards, Swiss chards etc. are rich in fiber and are low in calories and carbohydrates. They make you feel that you have had a full meal without adding much fat to your body.
Green leafy vegetables are high in their nutrition quotient and have energy density. As a bonus, they are also rich in vitamins, minerals including calcium and antioxidants.
Fish and seafood in general, are rich in minerals, especially iodine. Salmon in particular, is loaded with healthy fats and good quality proteins with comparatively less calories. Therefore it keeps you full for hours together saving you from the occasional hunger cravings.
Salmon is incredibly rich in omega 3-fatty acids and glycolic acids which is important for the production of thyroxine hormone in our bodies. Omega-3 plays a major role in reducing inflammation and reduction of diseases caused by metabolic activities and obesity.
Foods like salmon ensure that you increase your muscular strength while keeping your body weight intact. In a way, it stops the untimely hunger cravings that could have been increasing your waistline.
4. Cruciferous vegetables
Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts comes under the family of cruciferous vegetables. Like any other green leafy vegetables, they are high in proteins and rich in fibre content.
Cruciferous vegetables are an amorphous combination of proteins, fibers and low energy density which is extremely important in weight loss strategy. Adding them into your daily routine will also bring several allied benefits like better digestion, balanced nutrition and higher metabolism.
5. Boiled Potatoes
Potatoes are one of the best sources of almost all nutrients including potassium, which are rare to find in other food items. There was a time, when people used to solely depend upon potatoes for their survival. Unfortunately, white potatoes have fallen out of favor for some reason. However, they have all the properties of a perfect food.
In fact, white potatoes score the highest score based on the ‘Satiety index’. Satiety index is a term used to explain the fullness, wholesomeness or loss of appetite that you will feel after eating something. Other root vegetables like, sweet potatoes, turnips are also important in weight loss. Make sure that you do not have ‘potato chips’. They do not help in weight loss, instead add weight to your body in an unhealthy way.
Tuna is a lean fish i.e., low in fat and has very high protein content in it, hence making it a low calorie food. It is mostly eaten by fitness models and bodybuilders. It helps maintain your muscle tissues without depositing fats. In fact, tuna contains almost no fat, making it a perfect addition to your daily diet. They are also rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids that also ensure your heart’s good health.
7. Beans and legumes
Beans and legumes are excellent sources of proteins and are helpful in the process of weight loss. Beans like black beans, kidney beans, lentils etc. fall under category Their fiber and protein content shows their richness in satiety. They also tend to contain some starch.This contributes to feelings of fullness and lower calorie intake.
In a way, they are also easy to cook. Also, you can find umpteen number of canned beans from convenience stores that can spare you from cooking as well. Canned beans used to be the staple food for world war soldiers who needed proper nourishment without fat addition.
Do you know why soups are served before any full-course meal? Soups are like the warm-up exercises that we do before a high-intensity workout. They are appetizers that warm up our stomach for the incoming load of proteins, vitamins and all nutrients.
The good thing about soups is that they preserve all the nutritional value of the ingredients. They are easy to digest and also have a high volume of fluids that facilitate better digestion. When digestion is set right, there is lower fat deposits happening in abdomen leading to proper weight balance.
Also, taking soup helps you beat the urge to gobble large quantities of food. What better to start a full-course meal and also to lose your weight?
These eight foods are like allies that can support your weight loss battle. They support you by providing the right nourishment without adding mass to your weighing scale. They ensure that your body gets what it needs and play an indirect role in leading a healthier lifestyle. Make sure you prepare a weekly diet chart that includes all of these weight-loss-friendly foods.