Weight Loss Foods: What to Eat and What to Avoid
Extensive marketing by the Food Industrial Complex of foods that are detrimental to our health has more influence on our overweight problem and obesity than anything else today. Junk foods packed with trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, too much salt and empty calorie refined carbohydrates have become a major part our diet. Its no wonder we have trouble losing weight and keeping it off. If weight loss foods were marketed by the Food Industrial Complex, do you really think that they would work? If they did, how long would they be able to continue selling them?This is why most “diet foods” marketed by the Food Industrial Complex aren’t any good. They couldn’t keep selling them if they worked and you didn’t need them anymore. That’s why I want to give you some solid advice on what kind of foods to eat for weight loss and what not to eat A body needs nourishing foods to ensure optimum health. The calories you ingest need to be nutritious calories, not empty calories.
Minimum caloric intake for women is 1100 calories a day while men should consume at least 1500 per day. What’s important is that these calories come from nutrient-rich foods and not from junk foods. More importantly, if you don’t eat the right kinds of food, your metabolism will slow down, which causes weight gain. If you’re on a diet, you’re probably monitoring your calories as well as lessening your fat intake. But, if you’re not eating the proper foods, it’s all for naught. Consuming low-calorie snacks and other ready-to-eat foods may keep you in your calorie plan for a day, but if you’re not providing nutrients for your body, you’re going to remain hungry which in turn will drive you to eat more.
What to Eat Your first choice should be weight loss foods that are very high in fiber. 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.
1. Nut’s like Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans Walnuts are considered to be one of the best weight loss foods. They help decrease bad cholesterol in your body and they are typically a good source of energy, much like steamed fish. Nut’s are high in fiber as well as being high in protein. A diet high in protein help to increase your metabolic rate as proteins are harder to digest and metabolize and thus take more energy to do so.
2.Vegetables and Fruits Make salads with tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, beetroots, lettuce or cucumbers as they are low in calories. You can make use of the curd or lemon juice as a salad dressing. Sandwiches are also a good way to eat these raw vegetables.
3. Fish is a great source of protein. Whitefish, such as haddock and seer, contain very little fat (usually less than 1%) whereas oily fish, such as salmon and sardines, contain between 10-25%. The latter, as a result of its high-fat content, contain a range of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and essential fatty acids, all of which are vital for the healthy functioning of the body. Most all fish is high in omega 3 fatty acids which are not only good for heart health but brain health as well.
4. Garlic is claimed to help prevent heart disease (including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure) and cancer. Some early research studies in humans have suggested cardiovascular benefits of garlic.