For a lot of folks, their entire weight loss strategy is hinged upon what “not” to eat, what workout routine and recipe might work best for them.
They, however, miss the point that losing weight not only involves avoiding the wrong kinds of foods but also eating the right foods as well.
A number of foods are known to help with losing weight as they contain the right mix of carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins.
If you’re thinking about losing weight or on a diet, you may want to take a look at these twenty (20) foods and place them in your recipe mix.
1 Sweet Potatoes
As much as they are “sweet” in the literal sense, sweet potatoes are a sweet addition to your food roster if you’re on a weight loss regimen.
Classified as a “slow carbohydrate”, that is carbs that digest slowly and give you a fuller feeling. They help you stay energized for a longer period during the day.
Sweet potatoes are rich in carotenoids – beneficial to the heart and male sex organs, as well as antioxidants.
The antioxidant properties help stabilize blood-sugar levels and lower insulin resistance, which prevents calories from being converted into fat.
Also, as they are rich in vitamins A, B6 and C, they make more energy available to you while you work out at the gym.
You may want to substitute your white potatoes with sweet potatoes in your fries, mashed, puree or cubed potato recipe.
Apart from the unique taste, they also have a stronger flavor and will give you great health benefits while still enjoying your carb diet.
Bananas are among some of the most satisfying, yet low-calorie foods available.
They have a relatively high fiber content but are very low in calories.
A medium-sized banana provides around 12% of your recommended daily intake, with just 105 calories.
They also contain the nutrient potassium, an essential ingredient for your body’s metabolism.
According to the dietician and nutritionist Jackie Newgent, potassium helps your body regulate minerals and fluids in and out of your cells and may potentially increase basal metabolism, a measure of calories burned at rest while awake.
You can eat your bananas alone as a whole meal, or use them to garnish and spice up your recipe.
A lot of weight-watchers believe that you need to avoid carbohydrates completely.
That may not be altogether true. Whole-grain carbohydrates are very much healthy for your weight loss diet.
According to a study done by Tufts University, people who ate three or more daily servings of whole grains (such as oats) had 10 percent less belly fat than people who ate the same amount of calories from processed white carbs (bread, rice, pasta).
Some authors believe that high-fiber grains such as oats and cereals keep you feeling fuller and satisfied for longer.
When on a diet, you want to as much as possible keep the calories low and the energy high without having to drastically cut portions – which might be harmful.
Green vegetables have always been a favorite for weight loss recipes over the years.
And gratefully, they are always readily available at your neighborhood grocery store, flea market and even on the menu at your favorite restaurant.
Vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and kale, all of the same family of veggies are alkaline in nature, rich in fiber, and slows the release of glucose to prevent insulin spikes.
They also contain energy-rich macronutrients such as iron and magnesium which help reduce stress hormones in the body.
Make use of cabbage and its family of veggies not only for your salads and dressings but as a vital part of your weight loss recipes.