If you think eating less food equates to weight loss, you could be wrong. Instead of cutting down on what you eat, you should actually be piling your plate with fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds which have fat burning properties. Here are the 10 most weight loss friendly foods on earth that are supported by science.
Inexpensive, filling, and versatile, beans are a great source of protein. Beans are also high in fiber and slow to digest. That means you feel full longer, which may stop you from eating more.
Start a meal with a cup of soup, and you may end up eating less. It doesn’t matter if the soup is chunky or pureed, as long as it’s broth-based. You want to keep the soup to 100 to 150 calories a serving. So skip the dollops of cream and butter.
3) Pureed Vegetables
You can add more veggies to your diet, enjoy your “cheat” foods, and cut back on the calories you’re eating, all at the same time. When Penn State researchers added pureed cauliflower and zucchini to mac and cheese, people seemed to like the dish just as much. But they ate 200 to 350 fewer calories. Those healthy vegetables added low-cal bulk to the tasty dish.
4) Green Tea
Studies show that green tea extract can boost metabolism and may aid weight loss. It also releases energy from glucose in the food we eat, which in turn helps to burn fat.
5) Sunflower Seeds
These seeds are a powerhouse of nutritious protein, vitamins, minerals and nutrients that boost energy and metabolism and promote weight loss.
Most health experts agree that fruit is healthy. Numerous population studies have shown that people who eat the most fruit (and vegetables) tend to be healthier than people who don’t. Of course… correlation does not equal causation, so those studies don’t prove anything, but fruit does have properties that make them weight loss friendly. The only people who may want to avoid or minimize fruit are those who are on a very low-carb, ketogenic diet or have some sort of intolerance to fructose. For the rest of us, fruits can be an effective (and delicious) addition to a weight loss diet.
Garlic contains a substance called allicin which research has shown has a significant protective quality to cells which help to reduce fatty deposits. When taken, it brings down the levels of fat.
These are a good source of the cholesterol-fighting, fat soluble fiber that boosts metabolism and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
9) Full Fat Yoghurt
Another excellent dairy food is yogurt. Yogurt contains probiotic bacteria that can improve the function of your gut. Having a healthy gut may potentially help protect against inflammation and leptin resistance, which is the main hormonal driver of obesity. Just make sure to choose full-fat yogurt… studies show that full-fat dairy, but not low-fat, is associated with a reduced risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes over time.
10) Whole Eggs
Once feared for being high in cholesterol, whole eggs have been making a comeback. They’re high in protein, healthy fats, and can make you feel full with a very low amount of calories. Eggs are also incredibly nutrient dense and can help you get all the nutrients you need on a calorie restricted diet. Almost all the nutrients are found in the yolks.