These foods all are nutrient-dense foods. If you eat a ‘volume’ type of diet, you will be including more veggies that have more water and are more filling. Because of this, they are LOW CALORIE. The ONLY way to lose weight is to be in a calorie deficit. These foods won’t magically burn fat but will aid in fat loss because you will be full off of little calories which is good when you want to lose weight. These 14 foods can help manage all of the issues above, are a great addition to any diet, and will ultimately help you achieve or maintain your ideal physique.
Iodine helps thyroid gland function which plays a part in healthy metabolism. Other benefits of Iodine rich foods can lead to cancer prevention, healthy brain function, skin health, and regulating body temperature .
Some Iodine-rich foods include:
- Green Peas
- Lima Beans
Fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries contain antioxidants and Vitamin-C. These nutrients are important for your body to function properly. The reason berries are so effective at burning fat is because they help control sugar cravings (yay!) which will then help you lose weight. Don’t just take my word for it, Ariana Grande is notorious for tweeting about her love for blueberries, and have you seen her tummy?
There are also some extra notable health benefits to these little guys:
- Maintain healthy cholesterol
- Decrease risk of heart disease
- Stabilize blood sugar levels
3-Oatmeal OR Noatmeal
The reason why oatmeal is a great food for weight loss is because of the satiety it gives your body and mind. A study shows that people who ate oatmeal in the mornings were fuller for longer decreasing the chances of overeating.
But what about the carbs?
Oatmeal has a low glycemic score and plenty of fibre making it an amazing fuel source food. However oatmeal may not be for everyone, though it has amazing benefits. Looking for a low-carb option? Try Oatmeal instead!
Noatmeal is a breakfast that keto lovers crave! This breakfast has all the essentials for a filling nutrient dense breakfast. Filled with ground flax, chia seeds, almond milk, and a little sugar-free syrup, this is a satisfying healthy-fat breakfast.
You get the best of both worlds – low carbs and plenty of fiber – plus those sweet cravings won’t be as strong!
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4. Spicy Chili Pepper
It turns out chili pepper flakes are your best friend when it comes to weight loss! Chili peppers contain a chemical called capsaicin which is a massive fat burner and appetite suppressor. These peppers can be used to spice up your favourite meals and help fire up digestion. The compounds of the chilli peppers can help burn calories too!
Avocados contain, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K and of course healthy filling fat and fiber! The green fruits are low in carbs AND high in healthy fats, making it an ideal snack or addition to leafy greens to add fullness to a low carb diet. For breakfast, try some avocado toast with chilli pepper flakes. lunch: add avocado with your salad. dinner: try fajita night!
6. Cruciferous Veggies
Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, and my favourite cauliflower. These veggies contain high amounts of fibre, making them the perfect side dish to a protein-rich meal. Cruciferous veggies are ‘low energy density’ vegetables meaning, even though it has a low-calorie count, it’s very filling which is key to controlling your appetite and losing weight quickly!
7. Pulses (Beans and Lentils)
On a vegetarian and vegan diet, beans and lentils are not only essential for their high protein content, but they also contain loads of fibre. They are a great ‘lean’ protein because they can make you feel full for a long period of time.
Prepare beans, lentils and other legumes properly by cooking them to avoid uncomfortable bloating. Cook fresh beans in a pressure cooker (instant pot)or prepare canned beans over the stovetop or microwave for simplicity. Eat the recommended amount each serving to avoid excess bloating.
8. Nuts & Seeds
Nuts like almonds are FULL of potassium and are great for a low carb diet. Stick to the serving size and eat them as a quick snack! Try not to go overboard with nuts as some are HIGH in calories. Flaxseeds and chia seeds provide loads of nutrients like; magnesium, zinc, B-Vitamins, and potassium, and are low calorie!
9. Vegan Greek Yogurt
So many studies out there explain how Greek yogurt is great for weight loss. Today there are even dairy-free options for those who are lactose intolerant, vegan, or those on a plant-based diet.
Vegan/Dairy-Free Greek Yogurt contains the same essential kefirs and probiotics that are in full-fat Greek Yogurt. You can even make it yourself or simply buy it at the store. When at the store, DO NOT get ones with added sugar, opt for an unsweetened version and add berries to sweeten it up!
Apple Cider Vinegar has been all the rage the past couple of years because of its fat-burning effects and the way it can fill you up before a meal. ACV can also increase energy and beat the bloat that comes from water retention. You can add a capful of it in salads, or even drink it warm with water and strawberries for a nicer flavour.
This miracle drink can increase fullness with meals and help things move smoothly in the bathroom. It can also beat those sugar cravings because of how it combats insulin resistance.
11. Green Tea
Drinking green tea isn’t just a great alternative to sugary drinks, but also because of its ability to clear skin, endorphin-inducing energy, and weight loss benefits.
The reason this powerhouse tea has such a high reputation and has been used for centuries is due to its metabolism-boosting properties. Green tea contains ECGC which is known very well to burn fat.
However, it is recommended to not drink this on an empty stomach or you may feel nauseous. Drink it with your meal, after your breakfast, or right after dinner.
Grapefruit is a power fruit, great for controlling fullness before meals while keeping sugar cravings at bay. A study was done showing when individuals added half of a grapefruit into their diet, they lost 3.5 pounds in 12 weeks!
Water is absolutely essential for weight loss because it can suppress appetite, which will save you from snacking or overeating. Hydration is also very important for your body to properly digest your food so you can flush out any excess waste that otherwise would hang out in your body. Not only does being well-hydrated help you on the inside, but it also helps to clear skin and banish breakouts.