Weight loss is simple math: you must burn more calories than you consume if you want to lose weight. Some foods are better than others at helping you lose weight by helping fight hunger pangs and providing a healthy dose of nutrients at the same time. Here is a list of weight loss foods that are low-calorie and can help you maintain a healthy and nutritious diet while losing weight.
Low-Calorie Weight Loss Foods
- Apples – in addition to being the perfect light snack, apples are full of fibre to help stave off cravings.
- Oats – this high-fibre source is perfect for a healthy diet, and is filling.
- Lentils – help prevent insulin spikes that cause the body to create excess fat, especially in the abdominal area.
- Goji berries – these chewy, tart berries are the perfect hunger-curbing mid-afternoon snack with 18 amino acids, making them a great source of protein and only 35 calories per tablespoon.
- Wild salmon – salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which not only keep your heart healthy, but also helps build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories your body burns – but you’ll need to do a bit of exercise. As you see, weight-loss foods can be very tasty.
- Buckwheat pasta – this high-fibre pasta contains protein. These two nutrients together make it very satiating and harder to overeat than the regular pasta.
- Almond butter – has been shown to lower bread’s glycemic index (a measure of a food’s effect on blood sugar), which has the benefit of staving off hunger by keeping blood glucose levels steady.
- Pomegranates – pomegranate seeds are not only loaded with foliate and disease-fighting antioxidants, they are also low in calories and high in fiber.
- Chia seeds – are known as “running food” and contain heart-healthy omega-3 and 6; some antioxidants such as myricetin, and quercitin; eight essential amino acids and minerals such as boron, calcium, copper, phosphorus; and vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K. Chia seeds give you more energy, are high in fibre, and are filling because they absorbe water and swell up, so you feel full for a longer time. Dr. Yang, Chiropractor and Gourmet Raw Food Chef from Holistic Central, says chia seeds can be great for making puddings, breads, muffins, and biscuits.
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