Having some available healthy food can be useful when you are too busy to prepare and eat a healthy meal. You should remember that not all calories are created equal as foods go through different metabolic pathways. Hence, they might have vastly different effects on your hormones, hunger, and the number of calories you burn. Here are the most weight-loss-friendly scenically proved foods. (See also: 8 Fatty Foods for Your Healthy Meal)
While considered by many as a vegetable, avocado is actually a fruit. However, not like all food which is high in carbs, these are loaded with healthy fats such as monounsaturated oleic acid (the same fat found in olive oil). Besides fat, they also contain a lot of fiber and water, which makes them less energy-dense than you may think. Researches proved that they are the perfect addition to your salads as they increase the carotenoid antioxidant absorption from the vegetables.
A study conducted for 12-week in 91 obese individuals proved that eating half a fresh grapefruit before meals can lead to weight loss of 3.5 pounds. Furthermore, eating grapefruit had also reduced insulin resistance which is a metabolic abnormality that is typical in various chronic diseases. Eating grapefruit about half an hour before your daily meals may help you feel more satiated and eat fewer overall calories. You can toss grapes in the freezer for a healthy and easy snack. Being sweet and you savored individually and slowly, you’ll get a lot of satisfaction for just a handful of calories.
Despite the high amount of fat in them, nuts are not as fattening as you might be thinking. They contain balanced amounts of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Hence can promote weight loss by improving metabolic health. Having said that, it is no wonder that people who eat nuts daily tend to be leaner and healthier than those who don’t. However, like any food, you should make sure not to binge eating them to avoid the opposite
results. Besides the certifiably proven to contribute to weight loss, nuts will enhance general health and being linked to preventing certain cancers, reduced risk of heart disease, depression, and other diseases. Making a long story short, they’re the perfect weight loss snack: great tasted, don’t require refrigerator so you can carry them with you when away from home.
4. Leafy greens
Leafy greens include spinach, kale, swiss chards, collards, and more. Being loaded with fibers and low in calories and carbohydrates makes them perfect for your weight loss nutrition. By consuming those, you can actually increase the volume of your meals while keeping the calories level low. The high amount of fibers will make you feel full fats so you’ll eat fewer calories overall. Leafy greens are also amazing nutritious and very high in many antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, such as calcium, which has been shown to aid fat burning in some studies.
Being a complex carb, oatmeal will make you feel full without causing your blood sugar level becoming sky high. It also has high fibers levels that enhance the weight loss process and keeping the results. You can consume it any time (and not only on breakfasts) as a small bowl of this incredible food is considered to be a filling and delicious snack.
6. Cruciferous vegetables
Cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower are high in fiber and tend to be incredibly filling like other vegetables. Furthermore, compared to most vegetables, these types contain also high amounts of protein. They are super healthy and contain cancer-fighting substances being highly nutritious. All of these facts make them the perfect choice to include in your meals in order to lose weight.
7. Boiled Potatoes
Potatoes, especially white, have got a bad reputation when it comes to weight loss.
However, they contain an incredibly diverse range of nutrients that make them an excellent food for both a healthy lifestyle and weight loss. They are scored the highest of all foods on the Satiety Index scale which measures how filling different foods are. So basically by eating white boiled potatoes, you will feel full faster and hence eat less overall. It is no wonder then that people could live on nothing but potatoes for long periods. Potassium is the main nutrient which people usually don’t get enough of and plays a crucial for blood pressure control.
Turnips, sweet potatoes, and other root vegetables are also excellent.
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