When we think about losing weight, eating more doesn’t come to mind. However, it all depends on what you’re actually eating; a big portion of superfood can provide so many more benefits than a plate of processed food, and it really does come down to making healthy choices. But just what do we need to be ingesting to feel the benefits and speed up our metabolism?
One of the staples of most people’s mornings, coffee has been cited as a source for anti-aging oxidants since people started taking the health benefits of food seriously. While your drink may not have an affect on how much weight you are losing, green coffee beans (unroasted) are taking the world by storm. Not only are they good for speeding up your metabolism, but they may also to reduce high blood pressure. According to WebMD, “For high blood pressure it might affect blood vessels so that blood pressure is reduced. For weight loss, chlorogenic acid in green coffee is thought to affect how the body handles blood sugar and metabolism.”
Often cited as one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet, these sweet treats are low in calories and curb the cravings that your body has for a sugar hit. They are cited to reduce DNA damage, which has been linked to preventing cancer. It’s quite easy to get hold of blueberries nowadays, although their expense reflects their demand. Blueberry trees are becoming more popular within garden centers, so it may be worth investing in one to keep you in constant supply of this superfood.
The ultimate protein-packer, edamame is another name for a soybean. They’re often enjoyed in Japanese cuisine, but have long been making their way over to the Western World. They’re a really handy snack and can fill you up in no time; the amount of fiber that they have within them is second-to-none, and it has a low-fat content to boot. While not necessarily low in terms of calories (especially when they are coated in oil), the good stuff that they have within them are essential to maintaining a steady and effective weight loss.
Celery is often suggested to have ‘negative calories’ but this is not true. You burn half a calorie whilst eating a 6-calorie stick of celery – but that’s still an extremely low amount for what you’re getting. This vegetable is mainly made up of water and leaves your stomach feeling satisfied that you have eaten a bigger amount that you actually have, meaning that your body has to work on your fat stores for a supplement, giving you a bigger weight loss.
Not strictly a food, but one of the best things that you can have in your diet for losing weight. All of the food that we consume on a day to day basis has a certain amount of water in it, and it’s the one thing that we need to survive if we don’t get it for a couple of days. It is recommended that you drink at least eight glasses of water a day, although most of us aren’t hitting this target. The more you drink, the more likely you are to keep the weight off.