Everyone is raving about how to lose weight these days. There are so many fad diets to help you with this (and I’m reviewing them, one by one, so check back regularly). I can’t help but notice what these diets are asking you is: “Don’t eat this, don’t eat that.” Whatever happened to just eat healthy foods in moderation coupled with a great fitness workout?
I have done research on these 5 food items that, when eaten in moderation and small portions, actually do help you lose weight. Here’s how to eat them and why this food will help you in your journey to shedding of those extra pounds.
Skip the apple juice and the applesauce and opt instead for a crunchy apple. Whole fruit blunts appetite in a way that fruit juices and sauces don’t. One reason is that raw fruit has more fiber. Plus, chewing sends signals to your brain that you’ve eaten something substantial. As always, make sure it’s organic (so it’s toxic pesticide-free).
The good thing about nuts is that they have protein and fiber. Who would have thought that proteins and fiber in nuts help in sugar stabilization? And yes, nuts contain fat, but it is the good kind of fat. In fact, if you eat only a handful per day, it’s better than eating cookies for snack. Choosing nuts over cookies will definitely help you lose weight.
Hummus and Veggies
The goal, when trying to lose weight, is to eat less throughout the day. And what makes you do just that? Food that is rich in protein. This is because high protein food items such as hummus need more time to digest. So have some hummus with antioxidant-filled vegetables every morning. Just throw 1 can of organic chickpeas in a blender with a dash of ground cumin, sea salt, extra virgin olive oil, and splash of lemon juice. Keep a few batches in the freezer so all you have to do is thaw.
Everyone knows more than 4 cups of coffee a day is bad for you. Especially because of the cream and sugar that you take it with. But have you ever thought of drinking just black coffee? And perhaps add a little almond milk? Black coffee boosts metabolism and will help in digestion. Anything that boosts metabolism and aids in digestion will help you lose weight. Don’t forget to take less than 4 cups a day though.
Inexpensive, filling, and versatile, beans are a great source of protein. Beans are also high in fiber and slow to digest. That means you feel full longer, which may stop you from eating more. And they’re great in soup. Some studies have shown that eating the exact same food, except made in a soup instead of as solid food, makes people feel more satiated and eat significantly fewer calories.
Whenever you read about a new diet fad, don’t do it unless you believe in it. And how would you believe in it? You can always read and research about it first. Ask your expert friends, ask your family doctor or nutritionist. Just be sure to double-check its authenticity and you are on your way to a healthier you.