Weight loss friendly foods really help when looking to drop some pounds. So what should you be including in your diet to make this happen? Here are some excellent foods for weight loss 🙂
Whole Eggs- Are amongst the best foods you can eat if you need to lose weight. They’re high in protein, healthy fats, and can make you can feel full with a very low amount of calories.
Eggs are also incredibly nutrient dense and can help you get all the nutrients you need on a calorie restricted diet. Almost all the nutrients are found in yolks.
Salmon– Oily fish such as salmon is very healthy. It is also very satisfying, keeping you full for many hours with relatively few calories.
Salmon is packed with high quality protein, healthy fats and also contains all kinds of important nutrients. Fish and also seafood in general, supplies a significant amount of iodine.
This nutrient is necessary for proper function for the thyroid, which is important to keep the metabolism running optimally.
Salmon is also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help reduce inflammation, which is known to play a major role in obesity and metabolic disease. Mackerel, Trout, Sardines, Herring and other types of oily fish are also great choices.
Leafy Greens- Leafy greens include Spinach, Kale, Swiss chard and others. They have several properties that make them perfect for a weight loss diet. They are low in both calories and carbohydrates, but loaded with fibre. Eating leafy greens is a great way to increase the volume of your meals, without increasing the calories.
Leafy greens are also incredibly nutritious and very high in all sorts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This includes calcium, which has been shown to aid fat burning.
Cruciferous Vegetables– Such as Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage and Brussels sprouts. Like other vegetables, they are high in fibre and tend to be very filling. These vegetables contain decent amounts of protein.
They’re not as high in protein as animal foods or legumes, but they’re high compared to most vegetables.
A combination of protein, fibre and low energy density makes cruciferous vegetables the perfect foods to include in your meals if you need to lose weight. They are also highly nutritious, and contain cancer-fighting substances.
Chicken Breast & Lean Beef- Meat in general has been blamed for all sorts of health problems, despite no real evidence to back it up.
Although processed meat is unhealthy, red meat does NOT raise the risk of heart disease or diabetes. The truth is meat is weight loss friendly food, because it’s high in protein.
Did you know eating protein is the most fulfilling nutrient by far and eating a high protein diet can make you burn up to 80 to 100 more calories per day.
If you’re on a low carb diet, then yes you can eat fatty meats, but if you’re on a moderate to high carbohydrate diet, then choosing lean meats may be more appropriate.
Tuna- Is another low-calorie, high protein food. It is lean fish so there isn’t much fat in it.
Tuna is popular among bodybuilders and fitness models that are on a cut, because it’s a great way to keep protein high, with total calories and fat low. If your trying to emphasize protein intake, then make sure to choose tuna canned in water, not oil.
Beans & Legumes- Some beans and legumes can be beneficial for weight loss. This includes Black beans, Kidney beans, Lentils and some others.
These foods tend to be high in protein and fibre, which are two nutrients that are filling and also tend to contain some resistant starch.
The main problem is that a lot of people have a problem with tolerating legumes. For this reason it is important to prepare them properly
Boiled potatoes- There are several things that make potatoes great food both for weight loss and for optimal health.
They contain a great range of different of nutrients, a little bit of almost everything we need. They are particularly high in potassium, a nutrient that most people do not get enough of and plays an important role in blood pressure control.
If you eat white, boiled potatoes, you will naturally feel full and eat less of other foods instead.
If you boil the potatoes, then allow them to cool for a while, then they will form large amounts of resistant starch, a fibre- like substance that has been shown to have all sorts of health benefits including (Drum Roll) ..WEIGHT LOSS.
Fruit- As you know is extremely healthy. I don’t really need to tell you that people who eat the most fruit/vegetables tend to be healthier than the people who don’t.
Fruit do have properties that make them weight loss friendly. Even though they contain natural sugar, they have a low energy density and take a while to chew.
Plus, the fibre helps prevent the sugar from being released too quickly into your bloodstream.
The only people who may want to avoid or minimize fruit are those who are on a very low- carb or ketogenic diet, or have some sort of intolerance to fructose.
Soups- Most foods with low energy density are those that contain lots of water, such as vegetables and fruits. But of course you can also add water to your food by making a soup.
If you eat the exact same food, but made in a soup instead of solid food, it makes you feel more full and eat significantly less…try it.