It’s super easy to become far more inactive during the colder seasons than you were in the Summer. Whether it’s because of school or winter laziness (we all have those days) it can also be more difficult to stay on top of everything you’re eating, too! If you are trying to stick to a weight loss plan, or are looking to include more healthy and fat burning foods in your diet in general, here is a list of 10 top super foods for weight loss:
Researchers have found that eating half a grapefruit (only 39 calories!) before meals can help hasten weight loss. A similar effect was found with grapefruit capsules and grapefruit juice but those eating the real deal dropped the most significant amount of weight.
Black beans are packed with protein (one cup has 15 grams). The fact that they don’t contain saturated fats is what sets black beans apart from other sources of protein.
Pumpkin (whole or canned) is a rich source of fiber. One 1/2 cup serving of canned pumpkin (only 40 calories!) is equal to 8 grams of fiber. Plenty of research has confirmed that boosts of fiber in your diet have an array of health benefits including weight control.
Most berries, and especially blueberries, are a great food item to include in your diet. They are low calories and don’t really affect blood sugar. They are also high in fiber and other nutrients.
Even though many people think nuts are fatty, they are still an important part of a weight loss diet. A moderate consumption of nuts does not lead to weight gain. In one study, it was found that those who ate nuts regularly tended to be thinner than those who didn’t. A moderate amount is considered around 5oz a week.
Quinoa is a great source of protein full of essential amino acids. These help to build muscle that can boost your metabolism.
Don’t be afraid of the small amount of fat content found in eggs. This helps with feeling fuller faster and quelling hunger later on. If eaten for breakfast, the fullness you’ll get from eating eggs helps manage future caloric consumption during the day.
Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils rich in monounsaturated fats that are thought to promote activity in genes having to do with fat burning/storage.
Make sure you are reaching for lowfat and nonfat yogurts, (Greek yogurt included!). Yogurt is rich in calcium (around 20% of daily dietary needs) which is a mineral that can help control belly fat.
Salmon is a lean protein low in fat and high in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). The inclusion of MUFAs in your diet can greatly contribute to successful weight loss.
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