Everyone wants to lose weight. The chubby lot, the slim lot (*eye roll*) and everyone in between. However, while it's easy to get a gym membership or join a yoga class, it's always a task when it comes to figuring out what diet plan to follow. We browse the web and get into the lengths and depths of complicated meal plans that we're unable to keep up with, because the foods required are not easily available and even if they are, they're sometimes not so budget friendly.
So, for everyone who is looking for foods that can be easily found and won't pinch your pockets, we've got just the right guide. Here are 10 foods that are low on calories, high on nutrition value and absolutely great for weight loss. All you have to do now, is make sure your daily meals contain these foods and you are sure to notice a change in the way you feel and ofcourse, the number on the weighing scale!
Cabbage is rich in minerals and vitamins that help wash away the toxins, resulting in a detox of your body.
Strawberries are filled with natural sugars and super low on calories. They will reduce your sugar cravings quite a bit. Everytime you feel like eating something sweet, eat some strawberries instead.
3. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants known as flavonoids, which promote good heart health. As a bonus, an ounce of 70-85 percent cacao dark chocolate has 3 grams of fiber and 64 grams of magnesium, which supports nerve and muscle function, immune health, and bone strength.
Oily fish like salmon is incredibly healthy. It is also very satisfying, keeping you full for many hours with relatively few calories. Salmon is loaded with high quality protein, healthy fats and also contains all sorts of important nutrients. Fish, and seafood in general, supplies a significant amount of iodine. This nutrient is necessary for proper function of the thyroid, which is important to keep the metabolism running optimally.
Broccoli is high in fiber and incredibly fulfilling. It also contains a decent amounts of protein. Though it's not as high in protein as animal foods or legumes, they’re high compared to most vegetables. A combination of protein, fiber and low energy density makes this cruciferous vegetable the perfect food to include in your meals if you need to lose weight.
Tuna is a low-calorie, high protein food. It is popular among bodybuilders and fitness models who are on a cut, because it’s a great way to keep protein high, with total calories and fat low. If you’re trying to emphasize protein intake, then make sure to choose tuna canned in water, not oil.
Another excellent dairy food is yoghurt. Yoghurt contains probiotic bacteria that can improve the function of your gut. Having a healthy gut may potentially help protect against inflammation and leptin resistance, which is the main hormonal driver of obesity.
8. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They contain about 12 grams of carbohydrate per ounce, which is pretty high, but 90 percent of those grams are fiber. This makes chia seeds a low-carb friendly food, and one of the best sources of fiber in the world.
Whereas most fruit is high in carbs, avocados are loaded with healthy fats. They are particularly high in monounsaturated oleic acid, the same type of fat found in olive oil. Despite being mostly fat, they also contain a lot of water, so they aren’t as energy dense as you may think. Avocados are perfect as additions to salad, because studies show that the fats in them can increase the nutrient uptake from the vegetables, considerably. They also contain many important nutrients, including fiber and potassium.
This dark, leafy green is chock-full of so many beneficial nutrients, like iron, potassium (a helpful bloat-buster), fiber, and even protein. It is excellent for weight loss and is a versatile veggie that can be cooked in many different ways.