So-called superfoods are nutritional powerhouses that help build bones, prevent chronic diseases, improve your eyesight, and even keep your mind sharp. But did you know new evidence suggests these foods can also help you get—and stay—slim? Try introducing these foods into your daily intake to really give your weight loss a boost!
1) Black beans
A cup of black beans packs a whopping 15 grams of satisfying protein and doesn’t contain any of the saturated fat found in other protein sources, like red meat.
Oats are rich in fiber, so a serving can help you feel full throughout the day. Just a half cup packs 4.6 grams resistant starch, a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat.
There’s no reason to be afraid of eating fats as long as they’re the right fats. Healthy monounsaturated fats may trigger your body to actually reduce hunger. Stick to a quarter or a half of an avocado and watch that belly fat melt away. The creamy fruit is also packed with fiber and protein.
Lean sources of protein help you feel full without adding fat. Up your intake with salmon; it’s a leaner choice than red meat and is full of monosaturates. A higher monosaturated intake has been proven to increase weight loss by an average of 9 pounds over a 12 week period compared to just 6 with a low fat diet.
Best known for their anti-aging effects, blueberries, while tiny, pack a powerful healthy punch. Just a one cup serving sets you back only 80 calories, and helps you feel full with 4 grams of fiber.
Cooked or raw, this veggie is well-known for its cancer-preventing powers, but with a punch of filling fiber in less than 30 calories a serving, it’s really effective for weight loss problems too.
6) Brown rice
Brown rice is a healthier, fiber-packed and an alternative to white rice. A half-cup serving contains 1.7 grams of Resistant Starch, a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat.
Plus, brown rice is a low-energy-density food, meaning it’s heavy and filling but low in calories. One study found that women who ate a higher-energy-density diet gained three times as much weight over six years than women eating a low-energy-density diet.
Just one pear packs 15% of your daily recommended amount of fiber. One study found that women who ate three pears a day consumed fewer calories and lost more weight than those who didn’t. Keep the skin on though as this is where all that filling fiber is hidden!
Even if you changed nothing else about your diet, eating half a grapefruit before each meal may help you lose up to a pound a week! A compound in the tangy fruit can lower insulin, a fat-storage hormone, and that can lead to weight loss. It’s also a good source of protein, and because it’s at least 90% water, it can fill you up so you eat less.
9) Kidney beans
One of several varieties of beans to make the list, red beans offer protein and fiber (more than 5 grams per serving!). Kidney beans are also rich in Resistant Starch; a 1/2-cup serving packs nearly 2 grams of this slimming carb.
Nuts are another superfood rich in healthy fats that help you slim down.
Almonds in particular can help you shed pounds: In one study, people who added a daily helping of the nuts to a low-cal diet lost more weight than people who followed the same diet but swapped almonds for a carb-heavy snack like crackers.
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