When weight loss is being mentioned, a lot of people associate it with starvation or with cutting out lots of portion in every meal which, in essence, would still make you hungry, if not starve you. It is definitely something that should be discouraged to do. Why? Because firstly, starving yourself is a very unhealthy and irresponsible way of doing something to your body. Your body needs all the nutrients it require so that it can function well, so that it can protect itself from viruses and bacteria that are leading causes of sickness, and so that it will avoid getting diseases and illnesses. Second, starvation is not the only way to lose weight. You can lose weight by exercising and even by eating a lot of food, just make sure those foods are the healthy ones.
For foods you can eat that you would totally enjoy and still manage to lose weight after eating loads of them, here is the list.
Leans. Yes, like lean beef and chicken
Processed meats are not that good for the health so opt for the unprocessed one. Leans are good for losing weight because these are high in protein. Foods that are rich in protein help in burning 80 to 100 more calories per day. Also, studies has also proven that when you increase your calorie intake to 25 to 30 percent of calories can cut cravings. Of course, when you do not crave, you would most likely have lesser food consumption as your appetite is suppressed.
Many are scared of having eggs as part of their daily diet because of the cholesterol that can be consumed from eating eggs. What most do not realize is that eggs are rich in protein and are good staple food for breakfast. A study has shown that after feeding two groups of people with eggs in one group and bagel with one group, the group who had eggs every breakfast have lost weight and the group that consumed bagels for breakfast did not lose weight at all
Green and leafy vegetables
Vegetables like kale, spinach, swiss chards, and a few other leafy vegetables are great vegetables that you can eat if you want to lose weight. They are high in fiber, calcium, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are also highly contributory to weight loss. The best thing about green and leafy vegetables is that, it is low on calories and carbohydrates so consuming a lot of this kind of vegetables will give you all the nutrients your body will need and will not give you too much of the things that can make you gain weight.
For you to be guided on the benefits you can get not only from the green colored vegetables but also from other vegetables, you can check this infographic.
Fruits are generally great for losing weight especially when you use this as substitute for high simple carbohydrate type of food or fatty foods. Foods that are rich in fiber like apples, pears, and pineapples are great and also fruits that has anti-inflammatory properties like blueberries. If you like fruits but you cannot consume that much fruits as you might need, you can always juice them instead. For great juicing recipes, click here.
Salmon, Tuna and other fishes
These are probably the best sources of proteins and of course, omega 3 which is helpful in reducing inflammation. It is also a great source of iodine which is an essential nutrient to keep the thyroid on functioning well. It is important that the thyroid functions well because the thyroid helps keep the metabolism running in its optimum level.
This is a great breakfast and even snack option. It helps boost your protein levels and it also helps you feel full for a longer period of time without worrying about the calories it provides because it has a low calorie content. It also contains high amount of calcium, which is also a popular element that helps in the body’s fat burning process.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is usually what you use when you want to make a great vinaigrette dressing for your sumptuous, green salad. When you take this vinegar with a meal that has high carbohydrate content will increase your level of fullness which will lead to you consuming a lot less food throughout the day and that may equate to eating 200 to 300 calories less. Studies has also revealed that having 15 to 30ml of vinegar per day for 12 weeks cause weight loss of 1.2 to 1.7 kilograms.
Again, do not starve yourself. Enjoy the food available and do not limit yourself too because there are a lot of foods out there that give your body all the nutrients it need and help your body shed off some pounds at the same time. Enjoy eating!