Everyone knows a successful diet needs to be well rounded in order to be effective. But do you know which foods specifically need to be included in a wholesome diet? I didn’t think so. Being that what you eat attributes to 90% of your success or failure in losing weight, its important to know.
Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of 7 important foods to include in your weight-loss regimen.
Avocados are the best part about dieting. They’re a healthy food disguised as a delicious treat you don’t even know is good for you. Chances are you already incorporate this ingredient in you’re guacamole or avocado toasts. So keep on doing it, because a study conducted by the Nutrition Journal claims that people who eat half a fresh avocado decrease their hunger levels by 40% for a few hours. They are also rich in monounsaturated fat, proven to give you an energy boost for a better workout and keep your metabolism going long after you leave the gym.
Beans and Legumes
Beans and legumes are an easy way to get your daily-recommended dose of protein and fiber minus the unsaturated fat. That’s why they’re great for losing weight because protein and fiber travel through your digestive track at a much slower pace, leaving you feeling full for hours after a meal.
What can be better than satisfying your sweet tooth minus the guilt?! Eating berries is a great way to source antioxidants like vitamin K, C, and A, plus get your sweet fix for the day. Compared to other fruits they have relatively low calorie counts and sugar content, giving you all the more reason to snack on them throughout the day.
Pear and Apple
Pears and apples are examples of fruits with low calories and high fiber. Like we mentioned before, high fiber intake will make you feel full without eating too much. In a study conducted on 49 women between the ages of 30 to 50, researchers gave either 3 apples or pears or oat cookies to the women to see how it would affect their weight. After a 10 week period it became evident that the women who snacked on apples and pears lost much more weight than those who snacked on oat cookies. But make sure to eat these fruits whole, in their juice form they don’t hold the same amount of fiber.
Grapefruits are literally fat-burning machines. There are several ways the grapefruit does this. First, it stimulates the production of cholecystokinin (a known hunger suppressant). Second, it takes more calories to digest a grapefruit than the amount of calories the grapefruit actually contains! (that is what we call negative calories ladies). Third, grapefruit actually lower insulin levels in the body, successfully preventing them from storing fat.
Whole grains have been the center of heated debates in recent years. Are they actually good for you or not? Despite the negative press they’ve gotten, science has been able to confirm their health benefits. Studies conducted on 50 women who have metabolic syndrome have proven that eating whole grains will help you shed more pounds, particularly in the abdominal area. So there you go.
Salmon is a nutrient dense fish that is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which boost the function of our brains and improve our mood. Indirectly, this fish’s nutrients help in regulating weight as well. Omega-3 helps reduce inflammation and aids in digestion. Better digestion means better weight regulation and less change of obesity or metabolic disease.