7 Healthy Foods (and Drinks) That Will Help You Lose Weight

Losing weight is a healthy decision that is not only recommended for its aesthetic purposes. Chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension will affect a major percentage of the population when risk factors like obesity are left uncontrolled. In addition to that, maintaining an ideal weight is also known to longer one’s life span and creates a positive impact in every aspect of one’s life. For some people, having a motivation to get and stay fit is far more important than the actual diet itself. But without a healthy food selection, any exercise regimen will be a plain pain in the ass. Of course, you need to transform yourself from a couch potato to a fitness enthusiast but it doesn’t mean you have to completely deprive yourself of healthy foods to eat. Here are 7 amazing foods that can be as effective as some of the most expensive diet supplements available in the  market:

Cucumbers

Though it is true that cucumbers have few fibers and vitamins as compared to other green vegetables, munching cucumber slices as part of your daily snack can help in losing weight in the long run. This is because a serving of cucumbers can increase one’s feeling of satiety without the need to increase the calorie meter.

Water

According to Tarla Dalal and Dr Swati Piramal in East Your Way to Good Health, thirst is often misconstrued as hunger so instead of having a gulp of pure, drinking water, some people opt to eat fatty foods instead. For this reason, it has been recommended to keep one’s self properly hydrated so wrong signals of hunger will be avoided. Drinking water is a bit boring for some so low-calorie fluids like vegetable soups and some fruit juices are also part of the options.

High-fiber cereals/Oatmeal

Foods that are high in dietary fiber can provide a long-lasting feeling of satiety with few calories. Oatmeal, on the other hand, can bring additional benefits to the heart aside from helping you lose weight. Tossing some fresh fruits and skim milk to your usual serving of cereals can also intensify its health-boosting powers.

Potatoes

French fries can only add up to your body fats but without too much oil and salt, potatoes can make you feel full without adding more calories to your diet. You can serve it as boiled or baked and as long as you don’t add anything unhealthy, potatoes can help you lose weight one step at a time.

Green tea

It’s not surprising that green made it to this list because as what the authors from the Department of Human Nutrition and Health, Basel, Switzerland can attest, the antioxidants found in green tea can help the body burn fat by increasing the rate of fat oxidation and thermogenesis.

Almonds

Nuts naturally contain calories but if you want something that contains few calories and can be an effective appetite suppressant, then almonds will be the perfect nut for you. According to a study published in the “British Journal of Nutrition” in September 2007, almonds, which contain multiple phytonutrients, fiber and heart healthy monounsaturated fat, suppress appetite and can be an work best in helping a person lose some extra pounds

Hot peppers

Capsaicin that is found in red peppers has been the staple in making several major diet supplements. For this reason, making hot peppers a part of one’s daily diet or salad preparations can greatly help in controlling both fat intake and metabolism. It might be too spicy for some but that same heat you feel every time you eat a spicy food is the same heat that will help you shed some extra pounds to your body.

There might be a lot of natural food sources or commercial diet supplements that promise you to lose weight within 30 or fewer days but always remember that any shortcut for anything is not recommended. Hard work and discipline in doing the required exercises or eating the right amounts of food are still and always will be the best way to stay fit.

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Sources:

http://womenfitness.net/foodhelps.htm

“10 Foods that Will Help You To Lose Weight” By Kat Tancock and Helen Racanelli (http://www.canadianliving.com/health/nutrition/10_foods_that_will_help_you_lose_weight_2.php)

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