Many of us are constantly concerned with losing weight. Although we know that we need to stay in a healthy weight range, the media is particularly responsible for making women wanting to go beyond that. We are constantly faced with stick thin size 0 models and superstars and even though we understand that this is airbrushed and unhealthy, it is very difficult not to aspire to get close to that weight. This puts us in a vulnerable position because certain businesses only have to preset us with “miracle” diets, pills or programs that promise to make the weight melt off without any effort. One thing that you will see again and again when you open up the internet is that there are apparently “superfoods” that are able to help us lose weight. The harsh reality is that no food will help you lose weight (except perhaps cucumber, which requires more calories in energy to digest than are found in the cucumber itself). However, as part of a healthy diet and good exercise regime, they can certainly be beneficial. Hence, let’s take a look at some of the foods that you should include in your diet and why.
The first food you must include in your diet regularly is cauliflower.
Like other cruciferous veggies, cauliflower is full of cancer-fighting phytonutrients and is a great source of vitamin C and folate.
It is a very strong antioxidant, which means it sets about killing various free radicals. Free radicals are believed to be responsible for causing cancer. They can also lead to various other problems, including the inability to burn fat and use sugar or digest food the proper way. Hence, by adding something like cauliflower to your diet, you enhance your body’s natural processes, thereby ensuring the efforts you make to lose weight have better effects.
Beans were recently hailed as being the healthiest food in the world. Beans on toast are part of a family’s staple diet in the United Kingdom, for instance, and some experts agree that this is the only truly healthy food people are consuming in the UK. Adding beans to your diet is a great way to improve on your existing weight loss efforts.
Inexpensive, filling, and versatile, beans are a great source of protein. Beans are also high in fiber and slow to digest.
Because beans digest so slowly, they will make you feel full for longer, reducing the number of cravings you have during the day. As a result, there is less chance of you running to the snack machine at work for that Mars bar. You also won’t experience the energy dips many of us are so familiar with – that point during the day where we feel we absolutely need a nap.
Hummus is made from chickpeas. Adding chickpeas to your diet is a great idea but many people find it seriously upsets their stomach, leaving them bloated and constipated. By turning it into hummus, however, the chickpeas are blended so that they become easier to digest, avoiding the usual stomach problems encountered with chickpeas.
Hummus boosts energy because it contains iron, and red bell pepper slices are high in vitamin C, which helps to utilize and absorb the iron from the hummus.
Because it boosts energy, we are more likely to go out and do something. It is the perfect pre-workout snack as well, as it allows you to have more stamina to complete it. As such, it is yet another highly supportive food in your efforts to lose weight.
Eggs should be included in anybody’s diet. It is the perfect food to eat for breakfast, so make sure you check your egg basket every night before going to bed.
Eggs, which are full of protein, will help you feel fuller longer — a lot longer.
Indeed, it has been scientifically proven that people who eat eggs for breakfast can easily last until lunch before they need to eat again. They are full of protein and very low in fat or other harmful substances. It was long believed that eggs, particularly the yolks, were a potential risk factor for heart disease, but this has been proven to be untrue. In tests, two groups of women participated in tests, where one group ate bagels for breakfast and the other ate eggs equating to the same amount of calories. The study demonstrated that those who ate eggs consumed far fewer calories over the next 30 hours.
If you want to snack on a fruit that is truly full of goodness, go for a grapefruit.
Grapefruit are refreshing, hydrating, and sweet, and one of the few seasonal winter fruits.
An entire grapefruit is just 120 calories, which is almost negligible. Additionally, it is eaten in segments and this means that you can pace how fast you will consume it. But the most important factor is that it hydrates.
Water is, indeed, the superfood to beat all superfoods. Your body must be hydrated in order to function properly. Not just that, it helps flush out various toxins from your body, which means you will only hold on to the goodness in the food that you consume. You have to drink sufficient water to compensate for the sweat that you lose, particularly if you live in a hot climate, but even if you live on the North Pole, you still need to consume a lot of water every day, simply because it cleanses your body from the inside.
As you can see, none of these foods will actually magically help you burn off fat. What they do, however, is support the natural processes of your body, thereby also enhancing any efforts you exert yourself, such as eating a calorie-controlled diet and engaging in regular physical exercise. Losing weight is down to math: consume less calories than you use and you will lose weight. However, you have to make sure that you also get all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients and this is achieved by eating the superfoods above.