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Superfoods For Weight Loss

13 Oct 2015


In ragi, the percentage of fat content is much lower in comparison to all other cereals & also, the fat is present in an unsaturated form. Hence, those people who desire to lose weight may substitute wheat & rice with ragi. Ragi is also an established source of amino acids such as tryptophan which reduces appetite.



Brown rice is low in energy density.

This means that brown rice can make one feel full while consuming fewer calories. Its water & fibre components make it low in energy density. It will help lose weight as it makes one eat less since it fills one up fast.

Brown rice is rich in fibre.

Fibre aids in good digestion. This translates to regular bowel movements which help to consistently dispose of what has been eaten. It also optimizes metabolic function which is beneficial if one is losing weight. Brown rice stabilizes digestion & prevents constipation, too.

Brown rice helps lose fat.

Being whole grain, brown rice is not stripped of its nutritional components compared to refined grains such as white rice.





A significant number of research studies support claims that soy protein consumption can help lose weight due to its following benefits :

  1. Soy protein helps one feel full & satisfied.
  2. Soy protein has a low-glycemic index.
  3. Soy protein is a complete protein.



Lentils are low on the glycemic index, scoring a 28 on a scale of 100. The glycemic index measures how quickly the body digests carbohydrate-containing foods. Any food that ranks below 55 is considered low-glycemic, or a "slow-carb." Carbohydrates that digest more slowly, like lentils, release glucose into the blood in a steady stream instead of a quick spurt. This keeps the blood sugar levels on an even keel, which means one feels full longer & is less likely to binge on unhealthy foods when trying to lose weight.



Low in calories :

One hard-boiled egg contains 78 calories, making it a good addition to meals if the goal is to lose weight. Also, remember that to lose weight, one must burn more calories than one consumes; therefore, following a diet made up primarily of low-calorie foods, including eggs, is a sensible way to achieve this.

Low in Fat :

With about 5 g of fat each, eggs are appropriate for weight loss, as they make it easy to stay within the recommendations, but don't forget that fat content increases when eggs are fried or scrambled.



Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Fishes like salmon, contain docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, & eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA. Salmon will reduce the number of triglycerides in the blood & increase the levels of HDL, which are known as "good" cholesterol. HDL works to transport fatty substances out of the body. Increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids will correct abnormal blood lipid levels if used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle.



Rice Bran oil contains Gamma Oryzanol & which helps reduce the absorption of cholesterol and is also high in Omega 6 & vitamin E. Studies have determined that foods high in Omega 6 fatty acids help reduce excess body fat. They are also beneficial because they help reduce inflammation.



Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), which promote heart health by decreasing "bad" LDL cholesterol without reducing the "good" HDL cholesterol. The invisible healers within this "liquid gold" also work to prevent cancer and inflammation, & may even play a helpful role in diabetes and weight loss. Several other studies indicate that monounsaturated fat enhances the body's breakdown of stored fat.





Almonds are low in calories with ten almonds costing one approximately 78 calories. Other than that they're packed with useful nutrients like Vitamin E, mono-saturated fat ('good' fat) & fibre, which is highly satiating & provides bulk to food without adding calories. They are also full of B vitamins & zinc, which helps stop sugar cravings, plus the oleic oil in the nuts cuts hunger very quickly.



Walnuts can form a part of a weight management diet as an ounce of walnuts contains 2.5g of omega 3 fats, 4g of protein & 2g of fibre that help provide satiety. Any successful weight management plan must include a satiety factor; so walnut is undoubtedly the right food to consider if one is into a weight management program.



Flaxseeds are very low in carbohydrates & contain a high amount of B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids & fibre. This helps one feel full & keeps one from being hungry for longer periods.



Chia seeds are rich in fibre and antioxidants, as well as essential minerals like calcium & iron. Chia seeds are also thought to help keep your waistline trim, by sucking up 10-12 times their weight, forming a gel in the stomach that can curb the calorie intake by making one feel full longer. They also slow the digestive process that breaks down carbs & converts them to sugar, which means fewer carbs feeding the fat cells around the midsection.



Research has shown that monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs)are more likely to be used as slow burning energy than stored as body fat. This slow-burning energy & the feeling of satiety or satisfied fullness that one gets from eating an avocado is one of the reasons they are known for reducing hunger & appetite.



Apple cider vinegar helps control hunger cravings. 1 to 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar should be taken with water right before a meal. This helps to reduce appetite because of a fibre compound found in the vinegar called pectin. This substance mixes with the water & expands in the stomach, which causes appetite to be decreased. 


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