We hear it again and again. “I need help losing weight.” Did you know there are some super-foods that can help you lose weight? While you’re fighting off the pounds food may feel like your enemy, but believe it or not, certain foods can actually help you shed those inches.
Let’s do the math. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume so that your body can work off what’s already there. This means you need to focus on foods that make you feel full longer, boost your metabolism, and even curb cravings for more food.
Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of these eight foods that help you lose weight.
This may seems like an obvious one, but increasing your intake of vegetables allows you to eat more while consuming a lower number of calories. Think of it in terms of volume — if your stomach could hold 1 cup of vegetables or 1 cup of french fries, picking the vegetables would give you far fewer calories for the same amount of volume. Whether you’re munching on salad, grinding up a green smoothie, or adding cooked veggies into your everyday meals, this is an ideal choice for reducing your calorie count.
Protein-rich eggs make you feel fuller longer. Research has shown that protein can help to prevent spikes in blood sugar, which can leads to food cravings.
Beans are not only high in protein and fiber, they also increase a digestive hormone called cholecystokinin. As a result, beans help you stay full longer, aid in digestion, reduce cravings and can even lower your cholesterol.
4. Olive oil
This one may surprise you, but as a monounsaturated fat, extra virgin olive oil can actually help you burn calories. Use it in place of butter, salad dressing, or when sautéing.
5. Dark chocolate
Yes, all your dreams just came true. Dark chocolate has several health benefits, one of which is fighting sugar spikes. If you’re apt to get sweet cravings, unwrap a little piece of dark chocolate or even melt a few semi-sweet chocolate chips and dip fruit in it as a healthy sweet treat.
A cup of soup can satisfy your appetite as well as a solid meal. Again, if we think in terms of volume, your stomach (and brain) perceive the amount you consumed as filling while often soup contains fewer calories. Be sure to check the label for the amount of fat and sodium contained in soup though.
7. Green Tea
Antioxidants in green tea speed up metabolism and while it contains much less caffeine than coffee, it contains enough to be a fat burning stimulant. You can benefit from drinking green tea or even taking green tea extract as a supplement.
Phytochemical’s in grapefruit help lower insulin levels and boost your energy. Natural enzymes in the fruit help you burn stored fat and high fiber aids in digestion.
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