“If I’d known I was going to live so long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” ~ Leon Eldred ~
Losing weight, keeping weight off or dieting seems like a chore and a totally uninspiring way to eat. It conjures up notions of eating celery and carrot sticks, downing tonnes of water before meals or supplementing with expensive crazy-named supplements.
To be fair to the ‘weight-loss’ processes, weight loss is dependent upon eating well and regular excises, but you don’t have to bust your guts (pun intended) or spend a fortune as part of the process.
There are some great and delicious foods (yep you heard right – delicious!) that will aid the weight-loss process that will help you to lose weight quickly and eating these foods is the best way to lose weight.
My Top 10 Weight Loss Food List
“Certain foods can help you shed body weight,” says Heather Mangieri, RD, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “because they help you feel full longer and help curb cravings.”
This isn’t about tricks or tips or gimmicks, it’s just about eating healthy for health. Some of the foods are not normally associated with weight loss and that’s what makes this list all the better. The foods on the list work, they are delicious and healthy. They work because they are full of metabolism boosting vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
As hormones react sensitively to things we eat and some endocrine disorders are related to diet and nutrition, keeping the endocrine system, and in particular the thyroid healthy, is a sure way to keep the metabolism working efficiently as well as the nutritional processes and related digestive system balanced.
1. Green Tea
Green Tea is jam-packed with antioxidants called catechins and this substance speeds up metabolism enabling the fat burning processes. Japanese studies have shown that not only does green tea help with weight loss but also lowers LDL cholesterol.
Eggs are full of protein and starting the day with a high protein breakfast is shown to keep you feeling fuller longer and means less snacking on the nasties. The protein in eggs is also shown to prevent spikes in blood sugar which leads to cravings. Boiled eggs are a great in-between meals snack.
Almonds and walnuts have been hailed as super-foods providing essential fatty-acids and they are also a great snack at any time. So how do they pan out for weight loss? Sure they are ‘fatty’ however a study from Purdue University found that when a group of 15 normal-weight people added 500 calories worth of nuts to their regular diet, they boosted their resting metabolism by 11 percent. Go grab a handful of nuts now.
4. Apples and Pears
We all know an apple a day keeps the doctor away and it also keeps the weight away too.
Because apples and pears are high in fibre they keep you feeling fuller longer. Both contain pectin which decreases blood-sugar levels, which alleviates cravings.
Ah the grapefruit – a hit in the 80s has had a resurgence and probably because the fruit’s phytochemicals reduce insulin levels and thus converts calories into energy rather than fat. Studies have shown that eating half a grapefruit before each meal three times a day will help to drop more than three pounds over 12 weeks.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar increases the metabolism rate, reduces water retention, lowers the rise of blood sugar, reduces hunger pangs, improves digestion, and balances PH levels. Just a little splash here and there on your salads or in a glass of water before a meal is all that is needed to keep your PH level down and metabolism boosted.
This aromatic spice is great for many health disturbances from arthritis to cholesterol to lowering blood sugar levels and reduces insulation spikes, and it is these spikes which increase hunger making you eat more. Studies say just a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon a day is all that you need, sprinkle on cereals and oatmeal, toast, on hot drinks or mix with hot water, lemon and honey as a super metabolism booster drink.
8. Olive Oil
Now you can be forgiven for thinking – oil for weight-loss, no way! But yes, Olive Oil as a monounsaturated fat will help you burn calories as shown in an Australian study where 12 postmenopausal women were given a breakfast cereal dressed either with a mixture of cream and skim milk or half an ounce of olive oil and skim milk. The women who ate the oil-laced muesli boosted their metabolism. Now you may not want to add olive oil to your oatmeal or cereal (I wouldn’t) but it works just as effectively on salad dressings, or for dipping bread. My hot tip would be apple cider vinegar and olive oil and you have a super-charged weight loss dressing.
9. Seaweed products
Seaweed (not the one on your beach, more like the one you find in your sushi shop) has no fat, sugar or cholesterol and only one carb. It is also a good source of Vitamin A, C, E and K, Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Cooper, Magnesium, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Manganese and Iodine which is the essential mineral needed for healthy thyroid function to keep metabolism kicking along perfectly.
Blueberries have a reputation for lots of things such anti-aging, decreasing free-radical levels, anti-cancer agents and as a rich source of vitamins C, E, riboflavin, niacin, and folate. But they are also packed catechins which activate fat-burning genes boosting the metabolism. According to research at Tufts University, regularly ingesting catechins increases abdominal fat loss by 77 percent and double total weight loss.
All of these foods are readily available at your local grocer or supermarket, they are inexpensive and consuming these foods will turn a ‘weight loss diet’ into a ‘healthy diet’ – and a healthy diet is the best way to lose weight.
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Information in this article is for educational purpose only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet. There are no guarantees with this diet.