Diet and Nutrition: Which Foods Will Help You Lose Weight?



Not all foods are fattening. Some can actually help you lose weight. These are called diet foods. Know what diet foods you should consume to help you get that slim figure!


Fish: For your protein requirement, fish has lesser calories than beef or pork. It is also advisable to get at least three servings of fish per week for a healthy dose of Omega-3 fatty acids to fight coronary heart disease. Rich sources of Omega-3 fatty acids include tuna, mackerel, sardines and salmon.


Milk: It could supply the calcium needed for stronger bones. Some studies also show that there is a lower incidence of obesity among milk drinkers.


Red Wine: Red wine is rich in cholesterol-lowering phytochemicals. Alcohol-free red wine contains the lowest calories, about 37 calories per serving.


Water: Instead of soft drinks and artificially flavored fruit juices, rely on water to quench your thirst. Tons of water detoxify your body, aid digestion and hydrate your skin.


Oatmeal: Take oatmeal and other whole grains for breakfast because it takes longer to digest. It will make you feel full longer, sans the high blood sugar. And because it is high in fiber, it has cholesterol-lowering effects.


Virgin Coconut Oil: Some fats turn out to be the best fat-reducing aid like diacylglycerols found in cottonseed oil and medium chain triacylglycerols which are abundant in coconut oil. These oils go direct to the liver for fast conversion into fuel, increasing fat metabolism. It also increases the feeling of satiety.


Nuts: Some studies show that nuts may help in keeping weight under control through increased satiety levels and energy malabsorption. Studies also show that a handful of walnuts reduces total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.


Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and the compound anandamide.


Vegetables: Vegetables contain the least calories and glucose, making it one of the best ways to lose weight. Go heavy on the dark green vegetables because they contain the least amount of sugar and starch but are high in phytochemicals.


Fruits: Fruits are rich in vitamins and phytochemicals although they are also high in sugars and starch.


Green Tea and Oolong: Some studies reveal that oolong tea greatly increases fat oxidation. Substances in green tea like catechins are believed to increase the antioxidant capacity of the human plasma that reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Coffee has antioxidants too, but I recomend you to minimize caffeine intake.