One of the hardest things for most people about January – apart from lasting until payday – is balancing the need to carb binge (as a result of the cold dark weather) with the desire to get into better shape for the year ahead.
Without knowing where to start, eating right can be particularly challenging. However, there are many waistline friendly foods that you can add to your everyday meals that not only leave you feeling satisfied for longer but they also handily help you burn calories too.
If you aren’t already experimenting with these foods, give them a try today.
Some foods are worthwhile introducing into your daily regime to add long-term benefits to your lifestyle. When you take a capful of apple cider vinegar with your meal, you can feel fuller for longer. Green tea keeps you hydrated but is also jam-packed with antioxidants that you do not get from drinking plain water. These give you a helpful boost that burns both calories and fat. It has been shown that eating grapefruit before a meal has a direct impact on weight loss. This citrus fruit is plentiful in nutrients, fibre, and antioxidants.
Healthy fats are vital to a balanced lifestyle. They provide the body with energy, assist with the absorption of specific nutrients and the maintenance of your core body temperature. Dark chocolate in moderation is excellent for speeding up your metabolism and slowing your digestion down, helping you feel fuller for longer while acting as a natural fat burner. Contrary to bad press, eggs are shown to be great for you thanks to being crammed full of nutrients. Avocados are a popular choice for healthy fats. These messy to peel vegetables are the perfect compliment to any salad is it has been proven that they can increase the uptake of minerals from other plant-based greens by up to 15 times.
The best of everything
As well as being highly fibrous, certain veggies also pack a particularly high-protein punch in. Cruciferous vegetables in particular, such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower perfect for weight loss thanks to their low density. While they are high in fat, eaten in small quantities, nuts are the ideal snack or dish topper as they perfectly balancing fibre, healthy fats, and protein.
As with any healthy lifestyle changes, it takes time for the changes you make to have visible results. You will notice by making small tweaks to your diet and eating more of the right foods; you will start to feel better almost immediately. If you are not sure how to implement these foods into your meals and would like some help looking at meal plans, why not get in touch today and our nutritionist Liz will happily sit down with you to get you on the right track.