Here is some surprising new weight loss advice that is doing the rounds of fitness blogs and weight loss guru wisdom nuggets: there are some foods you can literally gorge on to lose weight. Yes, you read it right. Most people that have been trying to lose weight for years will probably be shocked at such counter-intuitive advice. After all, it makes sense that to lose weight, you have to go on a slash and burn diet, cut down on food, starve your body of those pesky calories so that it starts to use up all that stored fat.
But what many people do not realize is that with crash diets where you deny your body of the food it craves, you actually begin thinking about food more. You usually end up feeling denied and give up the diet altogether.
The other alternative is so much easier on you and your body – eat more of all the good, healthy food, the superfoods, and maintain a healthy weight! It is not surprising that a number of the items on the superfoods list are fruits and vegetables, which we have always been advised to eat more for nutrition.
While not many Americans actually pay attention to nutrition in their diets, easy weight maintenance should be incentive enough to add these items to your diet.
You will also be surprised by some of the variations to everyday protein and carb-rich foods that you eat, which can make a big difference to the healthy calories you consume. Add these foods to your daily diet, and you will find yourself feeling less hungry between meals, and therefore less likely to end up gorging on junk food.
So, are you ready to find out what these superfoods are?
Whoever said a daily apple can keep the doctor away had great foresight. It has been found that snacking on an apple before a meal leads you to eat fewer calories. Apples are also full of antioxidants that help to prevent metabolic syndrome, which is the condition that gives you an apple shape. You can add more apples to your diet by making a quick apple pie. Sprinkle some cinnamon and allspice to a medium chopped apple, zip it in the microwave, and enjoy!
You’d never have thought that beef could be good for weight maintenance. But grilled local organic beef is healthier than the frozen or packaged variety that most of us consume. You can also broil a 4-ounce serving for a meal, create a fajita with lots of veggies, or slice into a salad for variation. You will find yourself less hungry after such a meal and less likely to snack on undesirable food.
You can eat the eggs whole, including the yolks, without adding inches. You can let yourself go with egg recipes – boil them, scramble them, make an omelet or a frittata if you have the time. Eggs are filling and will keep you satiated for hours.
If you enjoy kale, you will be glad to know that a cup of chopped raw kale has only 34 calories, besides having 1.3 gm of fiber and rich doses of calcium and iron. You can add raw chopped kale to cooked black beans or mixed with quinoa for a meal. You can make a snack of it by sauteing it with broth and topping with slices of orange.
Many of us do eat oats that are filling, but the healthiest varieties are the least processed kinds that are steel-cut and simply rolled. You can eat more of it by replacing breadcrumbs in meatloaf with oats or mix in meatballs.
6. Goji berries
A goji berry snack mid-afternoon will keep you full until dinner. And these tart berries full of protein, with only 35 calories in a tablespoon.
7. Buckwheat pasta
Replace plain noodles with high-fiber buckwheat pasta and you will be able to slip into your favorite jeans sooner than you think. It is hearty and hard to overeat, can be cooked like rice, and tossed with carrots, onions, mushrooms, and broccoli for a healthy, light meal.
Blueberries are always good, but the best kinds are the ones with a blue hue. They have 3.6 gm of fiber in a cup and are antioxidant-rich. Instead of using it as a topping, have a bowlful of blueberries sprinkled with cereals and some yogurt or milk.