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Seven Superfoods That Can Help You Lose Weight

Whenever you feel the need to lose weight, you often think that you have to cut down on your calories and starve yourself.  But do you know that there are some foods that can help you lose weight even if you load up on them?  Some of them may surprise you as they are not normally thought of as 'health' foods.

These are called superfoods because they don't just satisfy your food cravings, - they also keep you healthy with the nutrients that they add to your diet.  Here are some superfoods that you should add more to your diet. Try them and you may end up enjoying them more than calorie-rich pasta and cakes!

Superfood # 1- Grapefruit

 Grapefruit is recently discovered as being rich in antioxidants that can eliminate the cancer-causing free radicals in the body.  It is also rich in vitamin C which can boost your immune system and fiber that can aid your digestion and fill you up for a long time.  This is one superfood which can also repair cells that are often damaged due to age and toxins in the environment.

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2. Green Tea

 Make green tea a regular part of your diet and you will benefit from its rich anti-oxidant content.  It is a good substitute to coffee, soda and other caffeinated products. Drinking 2-3 cups of green tea everyday can help you manage your blood sugar, which is important in keeping your weight maintained. 

 

 

3. Sardines & Salmon

Omega-3 fatty acids found in sardines are good for the heart.  Proteins in sardines also boost your metabolism which also increases your energy level. Like sardines, salmon is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, and both are considered superfoods.  If you are not that fond of sardines or salmon, try taking fish oil supplements to add the essential omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. Either way add these superfoods to help lose weight.

4. Almonds

Almonds and other nuts such as cashew, peanuts, pecans and pistachios are rich in protein and fiber.  Some studies show that by simply eating at least a dozen almonds daily, you can decrease your weight considerably.  Avoid eating roasted nuts that are often cooked in oils rich in trans fats and may have MSG added on them.  Eat raw, unshelled nuts instead.  This will also slow your eating time down, making you eat less.

 

5. Coconut Oil

Use coconut oil as your cooking oil and also as a substitute for other fats that you take in, such as butter or margarine.  The fatty acids in coconut oil help the pancreas function better which results to a more efficient burning of energy.  Coconut oil also improves the function of the thyroid, the gland that affects your metabolism.

You can usually find coconut oil in the cooking oil section in your local supermarket, or in the health foods area. If you can't find it all ask the department manager!

 

 

 6. Steaks and Other Red Meat

New research studies are showing that a high protein diet can lead to fat loss and improve fat levels in cells. One study recently published suggests that eating red meat such as steaks can help maintain lean tissues and increase metabolism.  This can then result in burning more fat and losing weight. 

On the other hand you do not want to over-indulge on the red meat side, as it does contain a fair amount of saturated fat and it is harder on the digestive system than other milder meats.

 7. Garlic

Garlic has been known for centuries as a superfood.  It is often recommended as a natural medicine for hypertension.  Garlic has antibacterial properties that can help you fight infections. It also improves your immune system and lowers your blood cholesterol which can aid in losing weight.

So you see...

there is really no need to starve yourself to lose those unwanted pounds of fat.  These superfoods, coupled with a good exercise routine will surely help you lose weight the healthy way. 

 

 


 

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