If you are trying to lose weight, choosing high-nutrient foods that won’t sabotage your diet can be a nightmare. Here’s our guide to the best superfoods for losing – and keeping off – those extra pounds.
With summer fast approaching, the issue of weight loss and getting a slim, healthy-looking body is on many of our minds. Most of us put a few extra pounds on our waistline in the winter, and it’s easy to hide it away underneath jumpers and coats. Today’s sedentary lifestyle doesn’t help either – many of us spend our days sitting down in an office, thereby encouraging unhealthy food choices and weight gain. However, the good news is that a little extra care with diet and food choices, plus regular exercise, can quickly correct the balance.
Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods that offer extraordinary amounts of health-promoting goodies like antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and polyphenols. All of these work to protect your body from stress and inflammation, neutralize any disease-causing free radicals, and generally keep your organs working and healthy. Certain superfoods can play a key part in maintaining and even accelerating weight loss, by filling you up with these ‘good’ nutrients and helping you stay away from ‘bad’ foods filled with unhealthy sugars and fats. Switch your meals and snacks to some of these superfoods and you’ll be surprised at the results in just a few weeks.
Eating this fruit slows your digestion and helps you feel full for longer. Research by the University of California has shown that snacking on a grapefruit, or drinking a small amount of grapefruit juice before eating a meal, can assist in weight loss – up to 3 ½ lbs over three months. Opt for the whole fruit and avoid grapefruit juice where possible, which is higher in sugar and calories, and make sure it’s part of your daily calorie allowance.
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