Nearly 40% of American adults aged 20 and over are obese. This is something that is prevalent in America due to large portion sizes, convenient fast food options and little regulation on toxins and preservatives in the food we consume.
When it comes to weight loss and the right foods to eat, the right diet plans to follow, the right calories to consume, it can all be so confusing and unclear. All calories are truly not the same and some foods are higher in fiber, some are low calorie but take a long time for your metabolism to burn, so here are 5 surprisingly great foods for weight loss.
Potatoes have received a bad reputation for being an unhealthy food option. Of course fried in oil next to a burger doesn’t make it a great choice but potatoes have properties that are great for weight loss! They are high in potassium and rate high on the satiety scale, meaning they keep you full and satisfied for longer. You’ll want to boil the white potatoes and allow them to cool. Doing this will cause high amounts of resistant starch to form. A fibrous substance that has been shown to aid in weight loss among other things.
Studies show that full fat yogurt, not low fat – is associated with reducing obesity overtime. You’ll want to choose a yogurt that has live, active cultures or probiotics as probiotics can improve gut function which aids in weight loss as well. Just be on the lookout for yogurts high in sugar as that is counterproductive. Always read nutrition labels!
Carbs are the devil! Except they are not. Especially when we’re talking about whole grains. Whole grains high in fiber and high amounts of protein are the most ideal. Foods like oatmeal, brown rice and quinoa. They can keep you satisfied for longer and give you the energy you need to take on the day. Beware of refined grains who claim to be whole grain while packing their ingredient list with lots of preservatives and toxins. The more natural the better.
Although most fruits are loaded with carbs, avocados are loaded with healthy fats!
They also contain a lot of water and fiber and can increase antioxidant absorption in vegetables making them the perfect addition to your salad. Studies show that avocados may aid in weight loss since they keep you fuller longer and much more.
Although eggs do contain “bad” ldl cholesterol, they are high in protein which can slightly increase your metabolism and the fat it contains are satisfying and can keep you fuller for longer. Eggs contain many nutrients and the majority of those nutrients are found in the yolks.
Although these 5 food options are great for weight loss, you still want to practice moderation and know too much of any one food item isn’t ideal. Whole foods, rotated frequently in your diet is going to give you the best results for healthy, natural, sustainable weight loss.
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