Losing weight can be a minefield of outlandish claims and ‘wonder foods’ that promise to help you lose weight.
In this case, however, it’s not a complex diet or happiness-killing regime, but a few simple dietary changes you can implement in your life today.
Here are 10 foods to kickstart your weight loss!
Eating healthy doesn’t mean giving things up. It can be as simple as substituting processed foods for fresh! A perfect example is substituting salsa for ketchup.
While ketchup typically has around 19 calories and 4 grams of sugar per tablespoon, fresh tomato salsa has about 5 calories per tablespoon, no added sugar, and is packed with nutrition.
Tomatoes are loaded with fat-blasting fibre and vitamin C, and have been shown to induce fat loss. If you can handle spice, toss some jalapenos in your salsa to rev up your metabolism.
2. Greek Yoghurt
Greek yogurt is a fat loss superfood due to its high protein content. It’s also high in calcium and potassium, and has half the sugar of regular yogurt.
It’s protein content and texture also leave you feeling fuller for longer, and pre and probiotics help good bacteria in the gut process food more efficiently.
3. Whey Protein
Whey protein is a dairy by-product that is extremely high in protein and nutrients. Studies have shown that high-protein diets lead to weight loss, even when you are not restricting calories or other nutrients.
Each Lady Shake contains 28g of whey protein, and it not only fuels your muscles, but boosts satiety so you’re less likely to snack.
4. Peppers and Chillis
Now you’ve probably heard this one before, but for good reason! Researchers from Victoria University have found evidence showing the various ways that chilli – or, more precisely, the chemical capsaicin (which gives chilli its heat) – can aid in weight loss.
By sprinkling as little as a single meal with the spice, and even when eating a diet of high fatty foods, chilli can increase fat oxidation (the process of breaking down fat) so the body uses more fat as fuel.
5. Sweet Potato
We all love hot chips but have you tried swapping it for sweet potato?
compared to regular potatoes, they reign supreme in the nutrition department, meaning you should consider adding sweet potatoes to your diet. A large sweet potato can contain around 4 grams of satiety-boosting protein, 25 percent of the day’s belly-filling fibre, and 11 times the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. What’s more? It’s less than 200 calories.
6. Dark Chocolate
Yes, you can eat dark chocolate to lose weight. In fact, it’s a health influencing superstar!
Researchers attribute dark chocolate’s weight loss abilities to flavonoids, heart-healthy compounds that can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and boost brain activity. Like nuts, dark chocolate has also been found to induce satiety.
When reaching for chocolate, just make sure you choose one with at least 75 percent cacao. Anything less contains more belly-bloating sugar and a significantly reduced flavonoid content. Oh, and keep it to a couple squares!
Water is a weight loss ally in a number of ways. For starters, if sipped prior to a meal it can help ensure you eat less.
But not just that, drinking water helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste, and acts as an appetite suppressant.
Drinking enough water is pivotal to your health and weight loss, so ensure you’re getting at least 3 litres per day.
8. Black coffee
Coffee is basically a jumpstart for your metabolism. Caffeine doesn’t just boost your alertness and brain activity, but the benefits extend to your metabolic rate too.
Coffee may get a bad rep, but on its own it’s great. Avoid adding any unhealthy creamers and artificial sweeteners, both of which are enemies of weight loss.
Avocados contain metabolism-enhancing monounsaturated fats that have been shown to reduce hunger. In fact, a study in Nutrition Journal found that participants who ate half a fresh avocado with lunch reported a 40 percent decreased desire to eat for hours afterward.
What’s more? The trendy toast topping is also loaded with unsaturated fats, which seem to prevent the storage of belly fat, as well as satiating fiber and free-radical-killing antioxidants.
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and potassium, and according to researchers at the University of Michigan, the colorful fruits may also encourage weight loss.
Try throwing in a handful with your Vanilla Lady Shake to give it an extra fat burning boost.