With losing extra pounds being the major issue concerning the vast majority of the human population, it's about time that companies looking to exploit the situation sprang to life. With products that sometimes challenge the limits of human stupidity, they promise to take away the extra-pounds of the world!
Well, we don't promise any miracles here, but we can assure you that if you plan to lose weight, and that too without long-term side-effects, the only way you're going to do it is with exercise and carefully a chosen diet. The trick here is to get all the essential nutrients that the body requires, and also maintain the same level of satiation, while cutting down on the calories and unhealthy fat. As simple as that! This theory is the base for controlled diet, or dieting.
Here we shall explore some of the top food in the world that are recommended for weight loss.
Raw fruits and vegetables
Vegetables and fruits are called protective foods as they prevent the body from several diseases. While cooked foods contain excess oil and calories, in the raw form, they are completely free from these. What they do contain are lots of vitamins and minerals which keep the body active and increase the metabolism. Faster metabolism means faster digestion, and hence lesser fat storage. Though all raw fruits and vegetables are good, we couldn't help but mention...
Apples are definitely a potent addition to the daily diet, especially when it comes to weight loss. Due to the high fiber content, they tend to be highly satiating and help curbing hunger. The large number of vitamins and minerals present in apples increase the feeling of vitality and helps the person to be active. The fiber content also straightens out the intestines, causing the digestion to take place quickly and thus less fat is stored. The skin of the apple is also known to have several benefits, which is why nutrition experts recommend eating it whole. Apples have also known to be wonderful for reducing cholesterol, stabilization of blood sugar levels and protection against heart diseases.
It may be a bit surprising to see this name here, given the fact that they happen to be the most buttery and fatty looking fruits, from the inside. Avocados are indeed fatty, but all of it is mono-saturated fat, the good type. As a result, avocados are known to be extremely satiating and thus can curb hunger to a large extent. Sure they contain calories, but just as much as can be called healthy and not at all excess.
This drink was originally borrowed from the Japanese culture, but soon gained world-wide acceptance due to its potentials in the field of health and nutrition. It has the ability to speed up metabolism, which results in faster digestion. The result is that very less fat is absorbed.
Oxidation of fat: Green tea contains a polyphenol called "Catechin" which has been found to burn calories, reduce fat and lower the amount of the bad cholesterol in blood.
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Whole grain bread
Whole grain bread is completely unprocessed bread in its most natural form. It contains vitamins and minerals and high fiber content. The high fiber content has straightening action on the intestines and causes faster digestion and lesser absorption of fat. Breakfast is the most important meal in a day in a weight-loss plan and whole grain bread is an excellent choice.
Oat meals are quite inexpensive and yet highly effective. The high fiber content causes faster and easier digestion and lowers absorption and accumulation of fat. It reduces the level of harmful cholesterol in the blood and also prevents sudden changes in blood sugar levels. The high fiber also causes the oatmeal to be extremely satiating.
The one harm that does exist in completely depending on oatmeal is that it is so low in calories that it may cause excessive weakness if consumed in all three meals of the day. It is hence advisable to have it in combination with dried fruits, berries or nuts.
Berries have been known to have blood sugar regulating properties. How does that contribute to weight loss? Insulin levels in the blood would rise if blood sugar is not stable. This very insulin will cause excess sugars to be directed towards, and stored in, fat cells. The high fiber content also helps in faster digestion and lower absorption of fat.
Dairy products are great sources of calcium. Calcium itself is considered good for weight loss as it helps in breakdown of fat cells. But recently, researchers observed that dairy products, apart from providing the calcium for fat breakdown, also speed up the rate of breakdown and hence increase the overall rate of weight loss itself(though they haven't been able to provide a valid reason for it). Milk, hard cheese and yogurt have all known to have these properties.
Fish are generally high in protein and omega 3 fats which are called essential fats as they are not produced by the body and hence need to be obtained from food. At the same time, they are low in fat and calories.
These are rich in polyunsaturated and omega 3 fatty acids. Also they have abundant quantities of protein and high fiber content because of which they help to curb hunger. Thus snacking on raw nuts between meals would inhibit overeating. The high fiber content also speeds up digestion and lowers absorption of fat.
These are just a few of the many food that help in weight loss. The basic idea behind selecting these as the top ten was that they are easily available, high in fiber, easy to prepare, enjoyable and have multiple benefits for the body. They make you feel satiated (full stomach) while actually cutting down on the number of calories consumed. Assured results will be seen if you chose to incorporate these into your diet. Don't expect overnight results though. Remember - "Slow and steady wins the race"!