Weight loss – it’s not about eating less, it’s about eating smarter! I’ve written a blog post about foods to avoid, now it’s time for foods that you should be eating for weight loss!
By now we have all heard of the term “superfoods”. These are nutritionally dense powerhouse foods filled with antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals that boast the ability to reduce inflammation and risk of chronic disease, can regulate our digestive tracts, and help us live longer. Superfoods also give us more energy for our workouts, which is an essential factor when trying to lose weight.
Below are 5 superfoods that you should be eating for weight loss:
Everybody’s favorite source of healthy fat! Avocado provides monounsaturated fat, which is good for your heart, and fiber which makes you feel fuller longer. Avocados are also packed with potassium which helps muscle recovery and reduce bloating. Adding avocado to salads, wraps, and omelets helps your body absorb more carotenoids (found in orange and red fruits and vegetables) which act as antioxidants within the body.
We all love to garnish our meals with avocado slices, but did you know you can use it in oil form? Great as a salad dressing or to cook with avocado is a high-oleic oil, like olive and canola, and has a higher smoke point so it’s great for sautees and stir-frys!
Perhaps your grandmother was onto something with the grapefruit diet all those years ago!
Research shows that eating half a grapefruit before a meal can help you avoid gaining weight as it contains fiber to keep you feeling full. It also balances insulin levels for two hours after eating. Spikes in your insulin levels encourage the body to retain fat, so eating grapefruit can help whittle your midsection. Beyond weight loss, grapefruit is great for maintaining low blood pressure and overall heart health.
Trying giving grapefruit juice a try! Research shows that you get all the same great benefits of the grapefruit by drinking its juice.
The health benefits of almonds have been recorded long throughout history. Chock full of fiber, almonds help you feel less hungry and its high protein content helps build muscle and the more muscle you have, the greater percentage of fat you burn … even at rest. The benefits of almonds also include lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and reduced blood pressure.
Almonds are great to nosh on, but you know what’s even better? Almond butter!
Spread it on toast, use it as a dip for apple slices, or just spoon it right out of the jar, almond butter is a delicious way to deliver all those healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium, and vitamin E to your body.
These little guys are much lower in calories compared to other, more sugary fruits like apples and bananas. Blueberries are chock full of vitamins and minerals and are a great source of fiber which help you feel fuller longer and are a seriously powerful sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants not only reduce inflammation and help your body flush toxins, but have been known to boost metabolism.
Eat them alone, in pancakes, or sprinkled on top of greek yogurt, blueberries are a low-maintenance, anytime snack.
Ginger has been touted for its medicinal properties for centuries. Packed with antioxidants ginger has proven to reduce inflammation and promote gastrointestinal health. Ginger supports and regulates digestion and metabolism of food, helping you stay healthy and regular. People who consistently eat ginger report appetite suppression and research suggests that ginger may enhance thermogenesis, which is the body’s fat burning process.
Ginger also helps ease muscle pain and soreness, so add some to your green tea or smoothie after hitting the gym!
Add the above five super foods now to your diet and you’ll start to see a lot of results soon! You can also learn about some weird reasons why you’re gaining weight here!