Superfoods is the new buzz word in weight loss circles, and rightly so. Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods that are, therefore, beneficial for health.
They are helpful for losing weight because they ensure that you are provided with sufficient nutrients to sustain healthy and sustainable weight loss. Adding superfoods to your diet will only benefit you. With a myriad of different choices available, there will be suitable food for everyone.
Here we look at our picks for the top three superfoods that you should incorporate in your diet for weight loss.
Grapefruit has long been known as the weight loss breakfast of choice, and for a good reason. It is nutrient and vitamin dense while being one of the fruits with the lowest calories.
Packed with antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene, and flavanones, grapefruits provide various health benefits. Antioxidants help reduce the risk of multiple diseases and protect your cells from damage from free radicals.
Due to the fiber content of grapefruits, they can keep you full for longer, which, as any dieters know, is critical when trying to lose weight. The water content of a grapefruit further aids in satiety.
Studies have also shown that eating a portion of grapefruit before a meal assists in your digestion of that meal thanks to certain enzymes present in the fruit, and therefore aids in weight loss. Some even believe that grapefruit is, in fact, a fat burner; however, this is likely because grapefruits can assist in stabilizing insulin and blood sugar levels.
Because of the above, grapefruits are known as a negative calorie food, meaning that you, in fact, burn more calories in eating the fruit, than you actually consume.
It is clear, therefore, that grapefruits should be at the top of the superfood list for anyone looking to try and lose weight.
Grapefruits are incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet. They are easy to prepare and transport and therefore make the perfect snack in a pinch. They can also be paired with various other superfoods for the ultimate superfood power breakfast, such as oats or Greek yogurt. It can also be a delicious addition to a fresh summer salad, or in desserts.
Berries have long been known for their antioxidant properties. With the wide variety available, there is a range of vitamins and flavors to help you on your weight loss journey.
Studies have shown that berries can protect against high blood sugar levels by increasing your body’s responsiveness to insulin and, therefore, proactively acting to keep blood sugar levels low. They are accordingly perfect for diabetics trying to lose weight.
One of the leading superfood properties of berries is their anti-inflammatory benefits, which is vital in protecting your body against infection or injury. Modern-day diets and fast-paced, stressful lifestyles can often lead to excess inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation has been linked to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
Berries are a good source of soluble fiber, which helps you keep fuller for longer, and further helps you to restrict your intake of excess calories.
Strawberries and black raspberries have been shown to offer a decrease in bad cholesterol in studies.
The main benefit of introducing berries into your diet is that they fit into various different diets, including the keto diet, which is known for limiting fruits due to their high sugar and carbohydrate content.
Berries can be eaten fresh or frozen, consumed throughout the day as a snack, or with yogurt, oats, or any other cereal at breakfast. There are also numerous variations of berries, from raspberries (which are more tart) to strawberries (which are sweeter), to blackberries and blackcurrants, so anyone is sure to find a berry that suits their tastebuds.
Because they are available frozen, it is also easy to ensure that you always have berries on hand, and you don’t have to worry about eating them within a specified time frame.
A superfood grain pronounced “keen-wah” it is a low-glycemic index food and, therefore, a great substitute to high-glycemic-index foods such as rice and potatoes. It is also an alternative for those avoiding wheat products such as bread and couscous, and also has a more significant nutrition benefit than ordinary grains. It has a distinct flavor and a chewy texture and is easy to prepare by simply boiling similar to rice. It can either be boiled in water, like rice or in stock such as chicken or vegetable, which helps give it a more rounded flavor.
Quinoa is known as a complete protein that contains all the essential amino acids and is, therefore, also full of B vitamins. It also keeps you full for longer. It is also high in iron and magnesium and is, therefore, a perfect addition to vegetarian and vegan diets.
Quinoa is the perfect addition to a weight loss plan as it can be made in batches and kept in a container in the fridge for several weeks, and either reheated or eaten cold.
It is easy to incorporate into a diet as a substitute. It can be made into a delicious salad, without other types of carbohydrates or proteins. It can also be an alternative for rice in any main meal that you would ordinarily include rice as a side dish. An unusual secret is that quinoa can be used as a breakfast item and a high protein alternative for oats, by simply boiling in any dairy or nut milk, and adding any of your favorite toppings.