Diets aren’t always about calorie control and food restriction, sometimes they’re about knowing which foods can affect your hunger, hormones and metabolism. Here are 10 foods you need to try including in your diet if you’re thinking about losing weight.
“Eggs are high in cholesterol!” you might exclaim, and you’d be right. But, you’d have to eat a pretty high intake of eggs to be at risk. Eggs are great if you want to lose weight as they are very good for you and very filling.
Eating eggs for breakfast instead of bagels increase a feeling of fullness for 36 hours! That means if you eat eggs for breakfast, you eat less throughout the day.
Kale is known as a super-green, but spinach, collards and more are in a similar basket. They all are low in calories and high in fibre, which means they’re a great way to increase how much you eat without increasing your calorie count too much. They are also obviously packed with vitamins.
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are very filling and surprisingly high in protein for vegetables. These properties, when matched with high fibre, result in cruciferous vegetables being perfect for helping you stay fuller for longer, without the fullness resulting in you gaining weight.
Potatoes, when boiled, are perfect for weight loss. They contain a wide range of loads of nutrients (which is why people can live solely off potatoes and butter), including potassium. They are also very filling. Sweet potatoes are considered better than potatoes for nutrient density, but just make sure to prepare them in a healthy way.
Matcha Green Tea
Okay, this isn’t technically a food but it’s really good for you anyway. It contains high amounts of EGCG, which is great for boosting your metabolism and holding your hand through the weight-losing process. You can drink it as a tea, but health sites like healthmonthly.co.uk stock it in its supplement form as concentrated extracts.
Tuna is highly popular as it’s low-calorie and high in protein (as well as tasting terrific). Bodybuilders love this stuff, but it’s perfect for anybody to eat if they’re looking to increase protein intake without also increasing their calories or fat intake. Just make sure you buy the tins without oil – opt for brine or spring water instead.
Beans, beans, good for your heart – the more you eat the more you lose weight. But only if they’re lentils, black beans or kidney beans, which are uniquely high in protein and fibre as well as resistant starch. This means that they can keep you fuller for longer and help reduce your calorie intake.
Incredibly high in fats, who would have thought avocados are good for weight loss? They are actually high in the type of fats found in olive oil (monounsaturated oleic acid), as well as containing a lot of fibre and water, which makes them less energy-dense. They are full of nutrients and help you to digest the nutrients and vitamins in other vegetables. They’re also extremely delicious.
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