Losing weight can be difficult and many of us and yet most of us would love some weight off yet at most times we feel like giving up on dieting and even considered surgery to get rid of that extra weight. But instead of going for slimming products, a healthy balanced diet complemented with exercise can help you get there and these are the top foods that will help you achieve your dream.
Vegetables are extremely good for you as they are low in calories and rich in fibre, antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals which that are important for your diet. One good vegetable is beetroots because it’s rich in iron and magnesium, has very little calories and is a good source of fibre. Another beneficial vegetable is avocado, because the fat it contains speeds up the metabolic rate, it’s rich in vitamins and minerals and can also help give you that full up feeling.
- Oatmeal or high fibre cereals
Oatmeal and high fibre cereals contain an ingredient called soluble fibre that binds to bile which helps us to absorb fat; it also raises blood sugar levels by staying in the stomach longer making us full.
Eggs are full of protein which can help you feel fuller for longer; they also prevent spikes in blood sugar which lead to food cravings, so having an egg or two in the morning for breakfast can help you cut out those snacks during the day.
- Omega 3 rich fish
Fish contains a healthy fat called omega 3 and eating fish rich in it such as salmon and sardines can reduce the risk of certain diseases such as some cancers and heart disease, and can also help aid weight loss. Fish contains essential minerals like iron and zinc and is very low in calories, so good to have in your diet about twice a week.
- Vitamin C rich fruit
Most fruits are low in calories and fat and high in fibre which is important for successful weight loss. Apples are a very good fruit to eat because they contain an ingredient called pectin which restricts cells to absorb fat; it also helps water absorption from the food which helps release fat deposits from the body. Fruits rich in vitamin C and fibre like oranges, limes and grapefruit contain fat burning properties.
- Nuts and seeds
Nuts for example almonds have lots of nutrients in them like fibre, iron, calcium, antioxidants and vitamins. Although nuts are quite fattening most of the fat in them are unsaturated fats which helps lower cholesterol. Sunflower seeds and Pumpkin seeds are very high in nutrients and together these two healthy snacks will help you feel fuller for longer so instead of reaching for that chocolate bar, take a handful of nuts and seeds and feel full without the guilt.
- Red Beans
Small red beans like kidney beans are very healthy as they contain vitamins and minerals that are important for the body. They are low in calories, sodium and fat, and high in protein, fibre and potassium. The vitamins that kidney beans have are essential for a good functioning body which will help the body burn fat quicker.
- Olive oil
Virgin or extra-virgin olive oil is very good for you but when you buy it you must check whether it is for cold use or for cooking because if for salads and you heat it the oil will become as unhealthy as any other oil. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat which helps boosts your metabolism.