Of late we have been hearing the term superfood a lot and often most of us wonder ‘what is superfood’? Superfood is not a special group of foods but is used as a marketing term to define those foods that have extra doses of nutrients and are deemed to have many health benefits. It helps to ward off diseases and promotes a healthy life. Our topic for today is weight loss.
One of the most discussed and searched about a topic on the internet, weight loss is a challenging goal to achieve. There are certain foods that naturally high in dietary fiber and essential nutrients while being low on calories. These superfoods have special fat-burning compounds that aid weight loss.
If you have embarked on a weight loss journey, make sure you include these foods in your diet:
One of the best foods to lose your weight, include watermelon in your everyday diet. It contains a potent antioxidant called lycopene along with complex carbs, vitamins, minerals, and water. A glass of fresh watermelon juice not only keeps you feeling full for longer hours but also aids in weight loss.
If you are watching your weight, pick some citrus fruits like lemon, lime, oranges or grapefruits from the market. These fruits are low on calories while being high in fiber and water content. Prefer having whole citrus rather than the juice as the fiber content in whole fruits will satiate your hunger or longer time.
Spinach is no doubt a superfood. It helps in gaining muscles while also shedding the extra fat. Spinach also improves metabolism. It also prevents you from overeating by secreting satiety hormones. Include a bowl of spinach in your meals daily.
Chilies or pepper in any form has been scientifically found to help in weight loss. Its phytonutrient compound capsaicin promotes weight loss by lowering LDL levels, improving heart health, reducing inflammation, and boosting metabolism.
An apple a day not just keeps you away from diseases but also keeps off those extra pounds. They are very rich in dietary fiber that keeps you full longer and satiates your appetite. Have them as a mid-snack food or include them in your breakfast cereals.
We all know the health benefits of green tea and how it helps in cutting down unwanted fat. This herbal tea has compounds called catechins that speed up metabolism and improves the ability to lose weight. Also if your excess weight is due to water retention, the diuretic in green tea helps you to lose the water weight.
Having a cup of green tea daily also prevents your body from absorbing fat.
Flax seeds have long been recognized as a superfood for a variety of health improving reasons. It is a great low-calorie snack that you can munch on when you are hungry in between meals. Being rich in fiber, flax seeds keep you fuller for longer and suppress appetite.
Oatmeal has been discussed multiple times as a weight loss superfood. As it is very rich in fiber, oatmeal can keep your hunger satiated for longer hours. Oatmeal also contains a compound called beta-glucan that regulates the levels of fat in the body. Opt for a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast with toppings of fruits and nuts. It is a complete meal that will not only keep you full but also help in weight loss.
You might have heard about the goodness of egg whites that they are very low in calories and high in protein.
Also if you follow celebrity diet routines, you must be aware of the fact that egg whites for breakfast are a staple for most celebrities as it helps in building lean muscles while toning your physique. Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, John Abraham, and many Hollywood celebrities too always have egg white on their breakfast plate. A good punch of protein to keep them full for long.
The least in the list of superfoods for weight loss is yogurt. It often happens that a bad digestive health, constipation and bloating slows down the metabolic rate that leads to weight gain. Yogurt is rich in probiotics (healthy gut bacteria) that improves digestion and colonic movement. As you get rid of constipation, you start losing weight too.
Read more on natural Probiotics in Indian food.
Losing weight is not that difficult provided you follow a healthy diet and lifestyle. Avoid too much alcohol and oily food. Including these superfoods in your diet daily will help you lose those extra inches easily.