Weight loss and nutrition experts say there are two basic categories of foods that can be considered "keeping it off superfoods" because they fill your tummy without piling on the calories...fruits and vegetables.
You might be wondering; what is the nutrient that gives fruits and vegetables that "staying power?"?
Hey, surprise...it's our old friend...FIBER!
So, if fruits and vegetables are in the "keeping-it-off superfood
group," fiber may well be the "keeping-it-off super-nutrient."
Related Article: Facts About Fiber
Protein is another super-nutrient.
Related Article: The Purpose of Protein
It's becoming more scientifically accepted that protein may help to
curb appetite. Additionally, protein, like fiber, has staying power,
and can slightlyboost your metabolism in the
process. But, it is imperative that you choose your proteins
wisely, Little Grasshopper. Like all other
foods, if you’re eating more than your body needs,
it’ll show up on the scale as a gain, not one you would
consider positive, instead of a loss.
The following is a short list of superfoods which are smart, low-calorie choices which will positively benefit your weight loss efforts, while often providing other health benefits as well:
Tea - Researchers suspect that the catechins (helpful
phytochemicals) in green tea may trigger weight loss by stimulating the
body to burn calories and mildly decrease body fat. So indulge in
either a hot cup or a nice tall iced glass of green tea.
or tomato-based soup - Soups can help reduce hunger
before meals and increase your feeling of fullness.
Additionally, tomato products help provide lycopene.
green salads - Having a low-calorie salad - which
is not defined as one that’s loaded with croutons, high fat
dressings, and cheese - as a first course can help you feel full,
thereby reducing how much you eat with your main course.
Wisely choose your ingredients, and its high fiber content can be the
key to helping you fight cravings later in the day.
Yogurt - Including dairy products as part of your healthy
diet may promote your weight loss efforts as well. Choosing a
yogurt as a snack may help you fight off hunger pangs due to its combination of
protein and carbohydrate. Yogurt also contains live cultures which act as a probiotic and help preserve and replenish the good bacteria found in a healthy digestive tract.
– A great combination of fiber and protein, beans help
you feel full longer, which means they may work to curb your
– Water is your body’s lifeblood, and you
should be drinking it through your day. It’s a great
no-calorie beverage, and you can get it by drinking unsweetened tea,
flavored unsweetened mineral water, regular water with lime or lemon,
or even by eating a cucumber or watermelon. In addition to
helping flush toxins from the body, it can also help you feel
full. So when those hunger pangs strike, try drinking a glass
of water before grabbing that snack.
Whole-Grain Cereal - Whole grains in general help boost
fiber and the nutritional value of your meal. One of the
easiest ways to give your daily diet a whole-grain boost is to have a
bowl of higher-fiber whole-grain cereal as breakfast or a snack.