9 Essential Superfoods for Weight Loss

If you dislike dieting, like most of us, and do not have time to go to the gym every other day, a few selected food choices could help move your scale in the right direction and would hardly have to break sweat.

Certain foods can help you slim down or help you maintain a healthy weight while simultaneously packing your body with nutrients that aid in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, preventing heart disease, and controlling type 2 diabetes.

These superfoods help you lose weight by boosting your metabolism to burn fat and by curbing cravings for fatty foods. In addition, these will keep your energy level high.

1. Apples

You know eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Apples are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients that fight free radicals. They’re also packed with vitamins and dietary fiber to keep you full.

2. Avocados

If you’re on a diet or want to drop a few pounds,avocados are all right to incorporate into your diet.Losing weight requires eating fewer calories than you burn off. A 50g serving of avocados contains 80 calories, so you can easily fit them into a calorie-reduced eating plan.

I like to add half an avocado to my smoothies, sandwiches, or salads.

3. Green Tea

Green tea has many health benefits rather than coffee or other beverages. It helps in maintaining the body weight to its perfection by burning body fat, which results in reduced waist circumference and weight loss, as pointed out by a 2009 study published in the International Journal of Obesity.

For optimum health benefits and to manage weight, drink two cups of freshly brewed tea or concentrated green tea everyday.

4. Blueberries

Blueberry, a powerful figure friendly superfood, should also be included in your diet. These small berries contain powerful antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals.

They also contain ample amounts of soluble fiber and water that produce a feeling of fullness so that you will stay satisfied for a longer duration between meals while improving digestion.

Try to eat about a cup of blueberries every day. You can eat them as a healthy snack or include them in fruit salad, smoothie, or yogurt.

5. Bananas

Bananas are one powerful fruit.

When it comes to weight loss, I like to eat a banana in between meals like breakfast or lunch. This gives me the energy I need to make it to my next meal and banishes my cravings for sweets.

6. Quinoa

Regarded as a sacred food by the Incas, quinoa makes a strong case as the best grain available today (Ok, technically it’s a seed but it’s used as a grain). Not only is it gluten-free, it’s also a complete protein, it’s high in several nutrients, it’s a great source of long-lasting energy (GI = 53).

Quinoa serves as a great replacement for rice, risotto, oats and pasta, and preparing quinoa is child’s play: simply boil it for about 15 minutes. I personally like to boil mine in chicken stock & mix it with lentils.

7. Salmon

Salmon is a great superfood to help with weight management. It is an oily fish that is packed with omega-3 essential fatty acids. These fatty acids, called EPA and DHA, have many well-known health benefits including boosting heart health. However one lesser-known benefit is that adding salmon to your diet can help you lose weight.

8. Almond

So why almonds over any other nut? Almonds are actually the most nutritionally dense nut, meaning they offer the highest concentration of overall nutrients per calorie and per ounce. A one-ounce serving contains 161 calories, nearly 13 grams of unsaturated fat and 3.4 grams of fiber (that’s about 14% of the daily recommended value). What’s more, almonds are a good source of potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorous, and iron. Now that’s something to go nuts over!

9. Olive Oil

We always associate oils with fat but rest assured the fats in this can most definitely help you lose some fat! The poly unsaturated fatty acids found in it can help keep the hunger pangs away and also the oleic acid in it can help break down excess fats.