Weight loss does not necessarily mean starving or cutting back so much that you’re hungry all of the time. I would rather show you how you can actually eat more and still lose weight. There are a number of foods which you can include in your diet that will help you lose weight. These weight loss foods are tasty and will not let you feel disheartened at having to stop eating all the things that you’ve always liked. Although there are some foods that have a tendency to be addictive that should not be in your diet. You’ll read about these at the end of this post. You also read why you should limit their role in your diet.
There are a number of weight loss foods which contain fewer calories and are tasty. They also don’t contain too much fat. Most of these foods are rich in fiber which the WHO considers the only substance that shows evidence of helping to control weight gain. Some of these foods take longer to eat and thus you consume lesser amount of calories per gram. We recommend the following foods not only to take the pounds off, but as long as you continue to eat them you’ll keep the weight off and have more energy than you had previously.
Weight Loss Foods You Can Enjoy:
Sprouts: Legume sprouts are said to be rich in digestible energy, bioavailable vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, and phytochemicals, as these are necessary for a germinating plant to grow. Sprouts increase the protein, fiber and vitamin content of the legumes they’re sprouted from, making them more nutritious than the legumes, but to eat as many sprouts as the legumes would almost be impossible. They can be made from beans like mung, kidney, dried peas and fava beans to name just a few. Mung sprouts, for example, don’t take a lot of time to sprout and taste good raw. They are very common in eastern Asian cuisine and are only 140 calories in a 50-gram serving.
High Fiber Fruits and Vegetables :
Green Leafy Vegetables: Kale, spinach, Swiss chard, Collard greens, Bok choy, green and red leaf lettuce are all high in vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content. Some greens like Kale and Bok Choy have more cancer-fighting agents than you can find in most other foods. Kale is very high in beta-carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium and along with broccoli contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties. Bok choy contains glucosinolates. These compounds have been reported to prevent cancer in small doses, but, like any substance, can be toxic to humans in large doses.
Pineapple and Papaya: Both pineapple and papaya are very high in bromelain and papain enzymes respectively which are very beneficial for the digestion of meat. Raw pineapple is an excellent source of manganese (76% Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) in a one US cup serving) and vitamin C(131% RDA per cup serving). Papaya is a great source of nutrients such as provitamin A, vitamin C, folate and dietary fiber and a key enzyme that aids in the digestion of meat, Papian. Our bodies are born with this enzyme but it is depleted as we age, so replacement of this vital enzyme is important in aiding the digestion of meat proteins.
Berries: The botanical definition of a berry is a fleshy fruit produced from a single ovary, meaning it carries one seed. Berries of all sorts are very high in phytochemicals such as carotenoids, flavonoids, and antioxidants known as polyphenols which are said to have many health benefits that few experts dispute, “Polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may be useful to prevent other diseases such as diabetes.” This group includes but is not limited to Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, goji berries, blackberries, grapes, even bananas.
Claims that have been made include:
- Berries Good for the Heart Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, but berries contain particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols.
- Berries May Slow Mental Decline From Aging “The good news is that natural compounds called polyphenols found in fruits, vegetables and nuts have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect that may protect against age-associated decline,”
- Nutritional Benefits of the Strawberry, The tiny strawberry is packed with vitamin C, Potassium. antioxidants, and more. It’s also loaded with fiber, it’s in the top twenty foods for antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenols
Eggs are quite possibly the most nutritious food one can eat. Although they’re high in cholesterol (which is good), they’re also high in vitamins and minerals with virtually all the nutrition you need. You can’t be worried about the amount of cholesterol, as cholesterol is one of the most important substances in the body. It regulates most of your brain functions as well as your immune system. What you need to be wary of, is the amount of sugar in your body, as that’s what glycates the cholesterol and it’s the glycation that you really need to worry about as that is where plaque comes from. Just remember; cholesterol is good, sugar is bad. Always remember, carbs are where sugar comes from, hence, it’s carbs that are dangerous. In short, carbs kill. Cholesterol helps us to live better.
What You Shouldn’t Eat
Intentionally not included in the foods that you should eat were high carbohydrate grains such as wheat, rice, and corn (mostly in their processed forms) because more doctors and nutritionists are disputing the health benefits of grains primarily because of those that have been genetically modified like the wheat that prevails in all bread today.
Most of this modification has been made to obtain higher yields out of an acre of crop for the benefit of the farm industry. In doing so, they’ve created a less nutritious grain and unfortunately, this is a grain (wheat in particular) that is as addictive as cocaine or heroin but provides little if any nutrition. Yes, it provides carbohydrates, but carbs are sugar and sugar can be deadly. Reading Grain Brain will fully educate you on the dangers of carbohydrates.
These statements I’m sure will be challenged by the companies who do most of the genetic engineering, but those who tune into the Dr. Oz show already know of the hazards of genetically engineered wheat, as shown on his show 11/20/2012 and 2/26/14. Breads that are marketed as healthy, whole grain, high fiber are actually the lowest in fiber of almost any food you can eat. If the food has been ground (as in flour) you lose all the fiber the food had before it’s grinding.
Over the years, wheat has been genetically modified in order for American farmers to produce a high-yield crop of dwarf-size plants that was never tested to see if it was healthy for human consumption. Today’s wheat may be dangerous because it greatly elevates blood sugar levels, leading to insulin spikes that cause chronic inflammation and excess visceral fat (belly fat). According to cardiologist William Davis, MD, author of the bestselling book Wheat Belly, modern wheat is a highly addictive carbohydrate since it contains a special protein called gliadin , which has the same effect on brain receptors as opium. Gliadin stimulates the appetite, creating incessant hunger and cravings for more wheat products and refined carbs. Dr. Davis promises that by eliminating wheat from your diet, you’ll eliminate its appetite-stimulating properties, thus experiencing a dramatic reduction in hunger levels.
Fried foods are another food source you should stay away from as the oils that the food is fried in is usually hydrogenated oil that can lead to cancer and other illnesses. It should be noticed here that it’s not the fats that are as dangerous for your health, as long as they’re good fats. Oils like coconut oil, olive oil, and Avocado oil are very nutritious oils that will never make you fat from eating them. What makes you fat, is the breading that you use to coat your foods before you fry them. The starchy carbs are deadly and should never be eaten with fried foods…hence, NEVER bread your food before you fry it, and don’t fry it in hydrogenated oil. Coconut oil is an excellent alternative for frying as it’s a medium chain oil that’s liquid at room temperature. Scroll down to the medical relevance to learn how MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides) effect your health in a positive way.
Another very important thing to keep in mind, Don’t Drink Your Calories. You should get all your calories from nutritious food that still has the fiber in it. Juicing may give you something tasty to drink that has some vitamin content in it but it doesn’t have any fiber in it that will help you lose weight. To get the fiber you must eat the fruit or vegetable. Don’t drink sodas, alcohol or sweetened fruit drinks as these all add empty calories that do you little, if any good at all. Above all make sure you get plenty of high fiber fruits and vegetables in your diet with plenty of berries. Fill up on salad, legumes (beans and peas). sprouts and fruit and you soon see the pounds starting to drop off.
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