Although most people think of food as being the culprit in their weight struggles, it’s important to realize the difference between foods that cause you to gain weight and food that can help you win the weight loss battle.
You can probably start naming foods that cause weight gain quickly, but how many foods that help you drop pounds can you name? Try out these 5 foods and see what eating right can do for you.
Eggs have been given a bad rap. The reality is that they are a low-fat protein powerhouse and a fantastic way to start your day.
Did you know that one egg is only 70 calories? Many people start off the day with a bowl of cereal or a bagel and then wonder why they feel sluggish and are hungry again about an hour later, and find themselves hitting the latte stand for a quick boost.
Try starting the day with two scrambled eggs and see how much longer you stay full.
In addition to proteins, eggs are chock full of several other important vitamins and minerals:
* Vitamin A
* Vitamin D,
* Vitamin E
* Vitamins B6 and B12
Another benefit of eggs is their versatility. Try adding some sauteed vegetables to those scrambled eggs and you suddenly have the real breakfast of champions.
The USDA recently revamped their food pyramid and turned it into the food plate. Half of that plate is made up of fruits and vegetables. Fresh salad is a great way to make the cut.
It’s important to note that this does not mean salads loaded with fatty meats, cheeses and creamy dressings. Stick to fresh vegetables like romaine lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes, lightly dressed with vinaigrette.
Studies show that those who eat a large fresh salad before digging in to the rest of the meal consume far fewer calories than those who go straight for the main course. Why? Salads are filled with fiber and water and help to fill you up without all the calories.
When trying to lose weight, many people cut out every source of fat they can think of, without realizing that a certain amount of healthy fat and oil is necessary in a well-rounded diet.
Fats help you feel full longer and even in small amounts, they improve the flavor and texture of food.
Nuts are an excellent source of healthy fat, when eaten in moderation. Add small amounts of chopped peanuts, walnuts, almonds or pecans to your meals for a nutrition boost.
In addition to being a good source of protein and a fantastic source of fiber, beans have another thing going for them. Beans help raise the level of cholecystokinin in your body.
This hormone works like an appetite suppressant, helping you stave off the munchies later.
Beans are versatile and can work well as a side dish, as part of a salad, in a soup or even as part of a filling entree.
The fiber in beans can help lower your cholesterol, and they also keep your blood sugar levels steady, another important factor in reducing appetite.
Warm and soothing, green tea is a perfect food for losing weight. Green tea has no calories and contains compounds called catechins.
Catechins raise your metabolism, helping your body speed up the fat burning and weight loss. In addition, green tea has a number of other health benefits. It’s loaded with antioxidants, which help your body fight infections and diseases.
A study using mice demonstrated that the mice that had green tea added to their diets had lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Adding these foods to your diet won’t break your calorie bank and you are likely to find yourself eliminating additional foods that are hurting your weight loss efforts.
By making healthier choices and incorporating exercise into your daily routine, you will soon find yourself winning the weight loss battle.