We’ve all heard the use of the category “Superfoods” in many different ways. Sometimes they are marketed as products from companies trying to sign you up for their weight loss plan, but there are many of these “weapons” that you can use from regular food categories that we consume each and every day. Here are just 6 of them.
Nuts are the new “Special Forces” foods that benefit us in a variety of ways. They are jammed with monounsaturated fatty acids which help to control diabetic tendencies and heart disease. There is also evidence that nuts also increase the body’s metabolic rate so that it can still burn calories for over 3 hours following a vigorous work-out. High in Vitamin E, almonds and pistachios are the most beneficial types.
2. Whole grains
Bakery products made with whole grains seem to be all the rage now and rightfully so. Studies show that people who eat whole grains as part of an every day regimen are usually 2.5lbs lighter than those that don’t. It’s possible that there are other forces at work here of course but the evidence is striking. Whole grains naturally have a high fiber content which helps with digestion, inflammation and controls insulin.
Many people consider avocados to be unhealthy because of their high fat content. However, it is the type of fat that is important here. For example, bagels are fattening because they contain fats that effect the hormone Leptin, the “hunger” hormone. Bagels cause “rebound” hunger which causes further eating. Avocados contain fats which are healthy and don’t cause swings in insulin levels. They are packed with Vitamin K and C, and anti-oxidants that increase carotene absorption.
How would you like to live longer, weigh less, have lower blood pressure and a thinner waist? If the answer is yes, then eat 3/4 of a cup of beans per day (Navy Beans are the best). The benefits are so wide-ranging that I don’t have room here to write them all down. Better digestion is sometimes overlooked when considering weight loss foods but beans improve that dramatically.
5. Dark chocolate
This is one food that I’m shocked to see listed here. Apparently, dark chocolate lowers the craving for fatty and sugary foods, reduces bad (LDL) cholesterol, decreases blood pressure, increases endorphin levels, and is rich in Vitamin B. As a boy, I was always taught that all chocolate would do is rot your teeth. It seems not.
The “terrorists” of foodstuffs are free radicals. They attack the neurons that tell us when we’re full so its more difficult to tell when we’ve had enough food. Berries are rich in anti-oxidants which attack free radicals. Cranberries, blackcurrants, and blueberries are the most efficient at doing this but raspberries and strawberries are also efficient anti-oxidant sources.
None of these “superfoods” on their own will suddenly cause a miraculous drop in weight but if you were to incorporate each one of these food groups into your daily diet regimen, you can almost guarantee that you would be healthier, and most likely, lose weight a touch faster.