Foods That Encourage Weight Loss
Weight Loss – to encourage weight loss, people have tried all sorts of ways to lose weight in their never-ending battle with belly fat. There are fad diets that seem to pop up weekly, metabolism boosting pills and diet supplements, and all sorts of “Fat Busting” exercise machines being pedaled on TV infomercials. The truth is that if we give our body the nutrients that it needs by eating healthy foods that promote weight loss our chances of successfully losing weight are much greater.
Dietary fiber as a weight loss component
In 2003, the World Health Organization concluded that dietary fiber was the only dietary component that had convincing evidence showing a protective effect against weight gain and obesity. High fiber foods will actually promote weight loss by requiring more energy to digest and include all fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains (not milled into flour).
Concerning the last of these high fiber foods, whole grains, they’re only high fiber if the fiber hasn’t been processed out of it and most importantly if it hasn’t been processed into bleached white flour. Bleaching removes the germ of the grain which is the part that has the fiber in it, making it safer to stick with only whole grain bread and pasta, and any of the other high fiber foods, like veggies, fruits, nuts, and legumes. While bleaching the bran and fiber out of oats and wheat will give the flour, bread, and pasta a longer shelf life, it will give you a shorter life. For a better look at what whole grains do for your body and to your body, read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter. Unfortunately, the harm they bring is far worse than the good they provide.
If you’re interested in finding a high fiber flour, Coconut flour is the highest fiber flour. It also has no gluten for those who are allergic to gluten. Flour or any product made from any grain will do nothing more than filling your body with empty calories, very little fiber and lots of carbohydrates, simple carbohydrates when you should be looking for complex carbohydrates like what you get in vegetables, legumes, and fruits.
High Fiber Nutritious Foods Increase Metabolism
What happens when we eat healthy nutritious food? Our bodies respond by increasing our metabolism, which in turn helps to promote weight loss. Now while this is rather simplified and weight loss can require a little more commitment as far as exercising and eating the right foods, the fact is that eating right is as important as exercise if you want to increase your metabolism and lose weight.
Understanding how our bodies use and store energy is an important point to understand when it comes to metabolism. Our cells metabolize energy from the protein, carbohydrates, and fats that we eat. These energy sources come in many different forms and our body’s metabolism is affected by what forms we get them from.