Foods That Help You Lose Weight – Food to Promote Weight Loss

Foods That Help You Lose Weight

With any weight loss it can be very hard to find foods that will help you lose weight. There is so much junk out there, even stuff that disguises itself as healthy but in all actuality is quite bad for you is difficult to tell from the junk foods. There are way too many foods that contains hidden sugars, sodium  and starch that unless you read every label, you’ll never know just how bad the food is that you’re eating. A good place to start is to read labels. Know what you’re putting in your body because you are what you eat and I don’t think you want to have a body full of chemicals that it doesn’t need and worse make you fatter. So how do we find those fat burning foods? Well I will share a few with you.

Water. Water may be the most important item on the list as fat is water soluble in the body which means the more water your body goes through, the more fat you’ll lose. This assumes, of course, that you’re going to include exercise in your daily routine. Exercise is key to a healthy body.

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High Fiber Foods. If water is number 1 on this list, it only makes sense that foods that are 70 to 95% water are second on the list. These high fiber foods are 5 to 30% in micro-nutrients instead of just sugars and carbohydrates that have a tendency to pack on pounds. Micro-nutrients include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals like flavonoids (polyphenols). All these ingredients are highly important in combating illness and disease like cancer, heart disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig s disease), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even depression, when combined with exercise.

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. This brings up the question, what foods are high in fiber? Fiber comes in two forms, soluble and insoluble.

Soluble fiber is found in varying quantities in all plant foods, including:

Sources of insoluble fiber include:

  • whole grain foods (Not recommended)
  • wheat and corn bran (Not Recommended)
  • nuts and seeds
  • potato skins
  • lignans (Flax seed and sesame seed contain higher levels of  lignans than most other foods. Other sources of lignans include cereals (rye, wheat, oat and barley – rye being the richest source),soybeans, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage, and some fruits, particularly apricots and strawberries.)
  • vegetables such as green beans, cauliflower, zucchini (courgette), celery, and nopal
  • some fruits including avocado, and unripe bananas
  • the skins of some fruits, including kiwifruit, grapes and tomatoes

Lean meat protein sources. You should be eating a good amount of protein if you are looking to lose weight. Protein takes more energy to metabolize to it raises our metabolism when we eat it. You just have to eat the right kinds of protein. Stay away from protein that is high in saturated fats like beef, pork, and cheese. Also stay away from sources that are high in sodium. Try fish, chicken, turkey, tuna, and salmon. Egg whites are excellent in the morning.

Stay away from Sugars and Breads  sodas, sweetened cereals, pastries, pastas,  wheat products, including breads, floured foods, fast foods and processed foods. Read the label. If you can’t understand everything  that’s in it and what role they play on your health, don’t eat it. Beware of the wheat products that you eat. Wheat isn’t as healthy as it once used to be, thank to genetic engineering for larger crop yields and gourmet wheat products. Read Dr. William Davis’ book Wheat Belly and prepare  to be astounded and alarmed. This book will change your life.

 

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