Eat more ‘superfoods’ to lose weight – CNN
Blueberries are often singled out as a superfood because studies have shown they aid in everything from fighting cancer to lowering cholesterol. But all berries, including raspberries, strawberries and blackberries, contain antioxidants and phytonutrients
. Worried about the price of fresh fruit? Experts say frozen berries are just as “super.”
Salmon provides a high dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which studies show significantly lower the risk of heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids fight back by reducing inflammation and slowing the rate of plaque build-up in blood vessels. Salmon is also a good source of lean protein.
Eating a breakfast high in protein is a good way to keep hunger at bay throughout the day. Eggs are full of choline, a nutrient that helps block fat from being absorbed in the liver. Choline
may also help in preventing memory loss.
Many dieters shy away from nuts because of their high calorie and fat count. But studies show that eating a handful several times a week can help shed pounds and prevent heart disease. Almonds in particular contain lots of monounsaturated fats and fiber. Self magazine recommends replacing peanut butter with almond butter for a healthy swap!
Staying hydrated will keep you from munching absentmindedly, and if you choose to drink green tea
, you’ll also be increasing your metabolism, which will burn more fat. Plus, the antioxidants (yes, those again) found in green tea can help prevent cancer.
Broccoli is one of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods, with only 30 calories per cup. That means you get a ton of hunger-curbing fiber and polyphenols — antioxidants that detoxify cell-damaging chemicals in your body — with each serving. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University
have long praised broccoli’s cancer-fighting and prevention abilities.
Quinoa is the popular whole-grain because it also contains a good dose of protein to help build muscle. Yet including any type of whole grain in your diet — from barley to brown rice — will aid in weight loss by filling you up for fewer calories.
Low-fat dairy is an important part of any superfood-focused diet. Studies show
that women who consume approximately 1,400 milligrams of calcium per day burn more fat than their non-dairy-eating counterparts. Yogurt in particular helps slow the production of cortisol, a hormone that slows metabolism.
Beans, beans, the magical fruit; the more you eat, the more … you lose weight. Black, kidney, white and garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) all end up on superfood lists because of their fiber and protein. They fill you up and provide muscle-building material without any of the fat that meat can add to your meal.
While researchers aren’t quite sure that eating chocolate can make you thinner
as touted in a recent study, the heart benefits of dark chocolate have long been recognized. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties may help offset the calories. And some scientists believe chocolate’s caffeine could increase your metabolic rate. Still, stick to small pieces that will curb cravings without overloading your body with sugar.
Here’s an article from CNN that I thought everyone would benefit from. Since Summer is vastly approaching and right around the corner, I feel like a bunch of us are either trying to hit up the gym more often or trying, hence the word “trying,” to eat better. I know I try to do both, but I’m just such a big foodie! I can’t help it. Anyways, I’ve definitely been incorporating the foods above in my every day meals. I especially love the dark chocolate suggestion! Whole Foods has amazing dark chocolate bars that are amaze. Hope you guys enjoy the article!