Published On : Mon, May 25th, 2015

Seven foods to help Lose Weight

1.    ALMONDS:

Almonds are packed with skin-boosting vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium and protein. Also, they are high in fiber, while being naturally low in sugar, which stops you feeling hungry all the time. Of all tree nuts, almonds rank highest in fiber, riboflavin and niacin content by weight. Researchers at Purdue University also found that, despite almonds are relatively high in calories; they actually do not contribute to bell fat. According to “Fitness” magazine, the magnesium in almonds helps regulate blood sugar, which is key in reducing food cravings.  The health benefits of almonds are extensive, and they are frequently used as a healthy solution for relief from constipation, respiratory disorders, coughs, heart disorders, anemia, impotency, and diabetes. It also helps in maintenance of healthy hair, skin care and dental care.

If you are one of those who feel hungry every now and then, then how about you include a portion of leafy green vegetables in every meal. Leafy vegetables are ideal for weight management as they are typically low in calories. They are low in fat, high in dietary fiber, and rich in folic acid, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, as well as containing a host of phytochemicals, such as lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. They also offer several vital vitamins for normal functioning of your organism. Minerals in them will help ease water retention without causing bloating and discomfort that some other vegetables cause. One should always choose crisp leaves with a fresh vibrant green color. Salad greens provide a whole range of important nutrients and phytochemicals to keep us healthy.

3.     OATS:
Eating a portion of oats in the morning you are providing your body a slow-released, natural energy that will last the whole day. Oats are filling and they can help you lose weight! Oats contain manganese, selenium, phosphorus, fiber, magnesium, and zinc. Oats are also rich in carotenoids, tocols (Vitamin E), flavonoids and avenanthramides – a class of polyphenols. Oats, via their high fiber content, are known to help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream. Lowering high cholesterol levels can therefore significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

4.    OLIVE OIL:
Olive oil has long been recognized for its unusual fat content and vitamins A, D, K and E, high levels of antioxidants, including polyphenols, chlorophyll and carotenoids. Olive oil can actually help you lose weight. It appears that monounsaturated fats, the kind found in olive oil, when replacing saturated fats, may encourage weight loss. In other words, Olive oil contains poly saturated fats that can keep you off your hunger pains. Also, olive oil contains a naturally occurring chemical called oleic acid. This acid helps the breakdown of excess fats in the body. The “OliveOil Times” states that oil benefits are so extensive that it is considered a functional food with components that contribute to its overall therapeutic qualities including a reduction of risk factors of coronary heart disease, the prevention of cancers, and alterations of immune and inflammatory responses.

5.    GARLIC:
Garlic is an herb. It is best known as a flavoring for food. Garlic through its more than 100 biologically helpful compounds can elimate fat from cells. Each clove of garlic is packed with toxin-battling antioxidants and a naturally occurring chemical- allicin. When you eat garlic, allicin reacts with the blood to create a product that is capable of killing off many harmful viruses and bacteria that can harm your health. Garlic also contains powerful antioxidants (Vitamin A, C and E), various amino acids, and trace minerals such as sulfur, selenium, zinc, magnesium, iron and copper. Garlic is one of the negative calorie food with therapeutic and healing benefits.

Brown rice is healthier than the regular white rice, but that’s probably something you already know. Brown rice, unlike white rice, still has the side hull and bran, which renders quicker cooking times and makes it easier to digest as it’s much “lighter” in the in the stomach. The fiber content of brown rice keeps bowel function at its peak since it makes digestion that much easier. The side hulls and brans provide ‘natural wholeness’ to the grain and are rich in proteins, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and potassium. If you are looking for the ways to shed those extra pounds and flatten your stomach, brown rice is one of the best solutions for you.  Brown rice is relatively low in energy density because of the fiber and water it contains. Foods that are low in energy density fill you up with fewer calories than those with high energy density, making it easier to lose weight.

7.    PEANUTS:
Lastly, you are on a weight loss diet and PEANUTS? Surprising…  Peanuts and peanut butter are packed with fiber and protein; they keep you satisfied and full for a long time, helping to manage your hunger and control your overall calorie intake during weight loss.  Even eating peanuts between the meals can stop you from overeating and they give you protein you need for having that flat, nice stomach. Peanuts are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids and heart-healthy fats. They also contain vitamin E, which is very good to your skin. Peanuts are not low-calorie foods; however, eating them may actually be beneficial during weight loss.

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