If you are planning to shed weight in a healthy manner and “feeling hungry” is a reason of giving up, then here are top 5 natural foods you should add to your diet. These foods are rich in fiber, which will help in improving your rate of metabolism, helps you feel fuller for longer time and turn down hunger hormones.
Nuts like pistachios, almonds; walnuts etc help in curbing hunger and managing weight. Nuts are rich source fiber, protein, minerals and heart-healthy fats. Eating few nuts regularly, lowers the risk of heart disease and better management of weight. Review in “The Journal of Nutrition” reported that eating nuts regularly is associated with little or no weight gain and lower body mass index.
Even though nuts are rich in calories, but the protein, fiber and fat content of nuts significantly help in reducing more calorie intake as they makes you feel fuller. Make sure that you don’t over consume them as they are also rich in calories.
Berries are rich in antioxidants. Recent research in University of Florida has found that antioxidants are linked to weight control. A key antioxidant in strawberries and raspberries blocks the activity of an enzyme responsible for breaking starch into simple sugar, which in turn helps in lowering the blood sugar and thus the corresponding insulin response. This is a vital function for weight control as insulin shuttles excess sugar into fat cells. Besides this berries like strawberries also boost our metabolic rate and are rich source of fibers which controls the hunger pangs.
Legumes such as beans, chickpeas and lentils can help in improving blood sugar level and reducing risk of heart diseases. Besides these benefits, legumes also help in managing weight loss in a healthy way because of their rich fiber content. Additional gram of fiber consumed can result in an extra quarter pound of weight loss.
Simplest way to reduce those extra pound is to reduce your daily calorie intake without affecting your balanced diet rich in minerals, vitamins, proteins and fiber. According to a recent research from the Rochester Center for Obesity, eating eggs for breakfast could help to limit your calorie intake throughout the rest of the day.
To keep blood cholesterol in check, limit your intake of eggs to 1 yolk per day and use egg whites for the additional protein they provide.
Cucumbers are rich source of minerals, antioxidants and fibers. They are very low in calories and hence considered as a weight –loss friendly food. You can eat more and feel satiated while sticking to an overall healthy diet. Cucumbers also quench thirst and prevent the desire to eat due to dehydration.