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 contain 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.
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 diseases 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:
- fruits and some fruit juices (including prune juice, plums, berries, ripe bananas, and the insides of apples and pears)
- Vegetables. I cannot say enough about the fat burning properties of vegetables. They should be included in every meal. Vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, and Jerusalem artichokes root tubers and root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and onions (skins of these are sources of insoluble fiber also) psyllium seed husk (a mucilage soluble fiber) and flax seeds. They contain many vital micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants,
- nuts, with almonds being the highest in dietary fiber
Sources of insoluble fiber include:
- legumes (peas, beans, peanuts, and soybeans) (Not recommended)
- whole grains like oats, rye, chia, and barley (Not recommended)
- whole grain foods (Not recommended)
- wheat and corn bran (Not Recommended)
- nuts and seeds(Recommended)
- potato skins (Not Recommended Due to Glyphosate Contamination)
- lignans (Flaxseed and sesame seed contain higher levels of lignans than most other foods. The lignans are a large group of polyphenols found in plants. Some examples of lignans are enterolignans, enterodiol, and enterolactone, according to Wikipedia.
- 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 all sugars and bread, sodas, sweetened cereals, pastries, pasta, wheat products, including bread, 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 in 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 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.