LOOKING for a “miracle food” to help you get lean and sexy for swimsuit season? It’s time to call off the search — no such food exists. But before you throw in the towel, there are certain foods that guarantee satisfaction and help you eat less over the course of the day.
These eight foods are your best bets:
Nothing beats biting into a crunchy apple — the ultimate portable snack that’s low in kilojoules and contains the type of texture that takes time to eat. Compared to an apple juice, whole apples contain appetite-suppressing fibre which slows stomach emptying, staving off tummy rumbles.
Eggs are brimming with protein which helps to preserve your lean muscle mass — exactly what you want if you want to you’re your metabolism alive and kicking. Eggs are also rich in vitamin B12, which helps break down fat cells more effectively. Be it poached, baked, or scrambled, eggs are also versatile team players in casseroles, omelets, frittatas, or added to your favourite stir-fries, rice dishes and even desserts.
There are myriad of good reasons why you can enjoy a handful of nuts everyday as part of a slimming diet. Yes, nuts are packed with fat, but the body doesn’t actually absorb all the fat in the nuts. In fact, research shows that nut eaters eat less and weigh less compared to non-nut eaters. What’s more, the fat and fibre bundle in nuts help release hormones in the intestine, which may signal fullness, controlling appetite, so less room for processed or sugary sweets.
Apart from being a great source of protein, oily fish, such as mackerel, salmon and tuna, contains large amounts of omega-3 essential fatty — the kind of fat that can lower blood pressure; reduce inflammation and keep hearts healthy. These fatty acids are also less likely to store as body fat, but rather help the body process and flush out fats — making it an excellent choice for a weight-loss-worthy dinner. Aim to eat fish at least three times a week. Enjoy fresh fish grilled, barbecued, or baked; or use canned varieties in sandwiches, wraps, omelets or pastas.