There are a lot of foods available to you nowadays which give you all sorts of nutrients. From protein to fiber everything can be found in vegetables, meats, and lentils. So, if you are looking to lose that stubborn fat of yours then you need to start by giving your grocery list a visit. People tend to focus on working out and ignore the fact that all of the efforts you put in the gym will only seem worthy if you are putting the same effort in the kitchen.
Summer is here and it is high time that you put away the winter weight. Although exercise is important to cut this stubborn weight, the food you consume holds more importance (however, with exercise, make sure you take care of the body odor too). It doesn’t matter if you have been in your journey for a while or you are fresh to it. You need to eat clean to get clean. Even if you don’t feel like exercising or feel insecure. It is completely OKAY! I always believe in fix your diet now and exercise later. It has worked for me and it will work for you as well.
I lost 20 KGs of fat and gain 8 KGs of muscle in under a year. I didn’t take any magic pill or anything but what I did take were these superfoods. So, the following list is designed by me and each item is scientifically proven to make you lose weight. Keep in mind that not all calories are made equal. So each of the foods on the list are enriched with good calories.
First, let us start with carb sources. Oatmeal is one of the best foods to have in breakfast along with eggs. It is light and also packed with carbohydrates and fiber. A study in Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism found that eating oatmeal in breakfast results in feeling fuller with fewer calories and also eating fewer calories in your next meal. So, I would suggest eating a cup of oatmeal daily for breakfast.
2. Whole Wheat
Sticking with the carb sources. Whole wheat or whole grain anything is good for your metabolism. As it is a slow digestive carb source. It will make you feel fuller, as well as give you energy long term, unlike white sources of carbs. Whole wheat bread or whole grain pasta both are very healthy and actually pretty tasty.
3. Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are my favorite source of carbs as they are wonderfully delicious and super healthy. They are also very easy to make so you won’t get lazy making these wonderful delights. A sprinkle of chaat masala will do the trick and turn these already delicious pieces of heaven into something even better.
Coming towards the protein section on your grocery list. The chicken had to make the number 1 spot on my list because of the fat to protein ratio it has. Albeit that it does have more fat than fish but it is one of the cheapest and the leanest option at your grocery store.
Fish is an excellent protein source. It has no fat and is one of the densest of proteins. Eating fish is like eating a very smooth cheese. It tastes great and leaves you feeling good about yourself. It has very few calories so you can eat more and not dent your calorie limit.
I personally love lentils. They are both delicious and nutritious. Lentils are light and dont leave you feeling like you ate a while cow but give you the same nutrients. Add a little variety in your life and eat lentils. I would sometimes eat legumes 5 times in a week when I was cutting fat.
Some people don’t like beans as they taste a little musky. Although that is true, they are an excellent source of protein and fiber. Fiber allows your digestive system to work better which automatically means that you burn more and feel better at the end.
Eggs are a terrific source of protein and fat. It has unsaturated fats which are good for the body and also have 10-13 grams of protein in each of them. So eating two eggs for breakfast is a sure way of losing weight and gaining muscle.
9. Olive Oil
Italians have it figured out. I admit that they are not the slimmest of people but they make excellent food. This is why olive oil should be your prime thing to cook your food in. Use olive pomace oil for cooking, it is cheaper and has all the benefits.
10. Any type of cheese
This might sound bold but cheese is actually quite healthy if taken in the right amount. Of course, it would turn into a fat fiasco if you eat it by the wheel but a slice or two in your food gives you healthy fat. This fat is used as a long term energy source and keeps you active for longer.
11. Green Tea
Now let’s jump into snacks and beverages. Green tea has to be my favorite digestive beverage. It is advised to substitute normal tea with green tea. Your metabolism will thank you later. Drink it after dinner as well so that you feel better and lighter. Green tea has some extremely unknown and astonishing benefits as well, like helping you kill oral cancer.
12. Dark Chocolate
Who would have thought that chocolate could help you lose weight? Well, it actually is an amazing snack to have during the day. Dark chocolate although a little bitter but is still all the creamy goodness you need. It has a lot of antioxidants which is great for your metabolism. In turn, helping you lose weight.
Almonds and cashews are two of my favorite nuts. They are super healthy containing protein and unsaturated fats. They should be eaten as a snack after lunch around 25 grams of each day will curb the hunger and get you all slim and smart.
14. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is a very healthy source of fat. Even though it is a little dense in the calorie department but it is still a good snack. Spread it over toasted whole wheat bread and voila you have a filling and healthy bit to eat.
Not only does water enable you to have better skin but it also boosts your metabolism and calms your hunger. It also helps you eat less so that is a plus point on top of everything. Drink a glass of water before starting a meal will help you eat less. Also, try drinking 4 liters of water a day to get good skin and have the metabolism of an athlete. At first, you might start going to the washroom a lot but that will quickly change, so don’t worry.