This is a guest post from Alex of Weight Loss Help and Tips
In a previous post Tony outlined his favorite fat burning foods and explained that no food alone can help you lose weight. To shed pounds you need to create a calorie deficit and the best way to do this is by following a balanced diet and doing regular exercise. Despite that, it is also true that eating the right foods is crucial for health as well as weight loss. Foods that are good for you can bring vitality and health but foods that are not so healthy can cause weight gain and other health problems. You could say that it is a battle of the good foods versus the bad foods. Well, actually it is.
In our post today we outline the health benefits of 7 foods and explain how these foods can help you lose weight.
For many people apples come first on the list and it’s no surprise that apples are among the most popular fruits. They have a great taste, shape and color and they are also easy to carry around for a quick snack during the day. Needless to say, apples are a rich source of nutrients; they also include vitamin C and potassium. Both of these nutrients are essential to keep the body’s immune system healthy. Apples are also abundant in anti-oxidants that help to keep away free radicals which are the disease causing components within the body.
In terms of weight loss, apples help by providing you with a rich source of fiber. Fiber is very important in weight loss because it helps to suppress the appetite and boosts the metabolism. A regular apple may contain approximately 4 grams of fiber.
Eating apples is not something that will break the bank either as they are a fairly inexpensive fruit.
Instant oatmeal has around 3 to 4 grams of fiber per serving. Health experts say that a healthy person needs around 8 grams of fiber each day in order to achieve weight loss. Fiber works by bulking up meals and controlling the appetite, which will control your hunger in between meals; and just as the same as the fiber that is found in apples it also helps to boost the metabolism.
This makes oatmeal a perfect choice for breakfast. Or if you want you can add oats to other foods to up your fiber content. Why not try adding your favorite fruit to a bowl of oats for a rich breakfast that will keep you full until lunch.
Studies have shown that skim milk is high in Calcium and Vitamin D which both help to trigger weight loss. One of the reasons is that these nutrients can help emulsify fat, which in turn helps the body to shed any excess fat.
Skim milk also helps the body to build muscle because of the high amount of low-fat protein in the milk.
Lean meat should always be the first choice of meat for dieters as it contains less fat than other cuts of meat. It is a good source of protein which will help to build lean muscle mass within the body. Lean red meat and white meat such as chicken and turkey are all good sources of lean protein.
It is important to note at this point that the way in which you cook and prepare your food is essential to the success of your diet. Do not fry your foods but roast, boil and grill your foods instead to keep them as fat free as possible.
A baked sweet potato is an excellent source of fiber and a typical serving will have about 5 grams of fiber. So this means that you if you team a sweet potato into your diet along with a serving of oats then you will be eating the optimum amount of fiber each day for weight loss. In addition, sweet potatoes contain many nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin E, magnesium, iron and phytochemicals. Sweet potatoes are perfect for a side dish or part of your main meal.
All sorts of nuts are good for you including almonds, pistachios, and peanuts. Nuts contain good amounts of “healthy fat”, which counteracts cholesterol and triglycerides. Cholesterol and triglycerides are the unwanted fat types that cause belly fat and weight gain. Healthy fat, though still a fat, is different from saturated fat and is beneficial for sustaining a healthy body. Moreover, nuts are amazing since you can eat them as a snack instead of eating chips or other junk foods.
Cauliflower contains vitamin C and fiber and is considered to be a negative calorie food. Moreover, cauliflower is one of the cruciferous vegetables, which are thought to help fight cancer. It is one of the many healthy vegetables that you can easily add to your regular meals, including soups, salads or meat dishes.
These are seven of the best foods that you can include into your diet to achieve fast weight loss results.
Healthy Eating Tips to Boost Your Diet
- Eat smaller meals throughout the day.
- Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals will hamper your diet.
- The more foods that are high in fiber that you eat the more weight you will lose.
- Make sure that you drink water with your meals.
With these simple tips in mind and starting with the seven foods above, you’ll surely be on your way to a great body.