Today we’re counting down the top 12 spectacular superfoods for weight loss.
If you’re looking to push past your weight-loss plateau and shed those few extra stubborn pounds, these superfoods will kick that excess weight in the butt (plus your waist and thighs)!
Each of these 12 foods has unique properties which makes it ideal to eat if you’re looking to lose weight.
Incorporate these foods into your daily diet and you’ll have everyone ‘oohing and ahing’ at your waistline in no time!
Here they are, in no particular order.
Superfood #12: Almonds
This powerful waist-trimming food is packed with fiber, protein, and the “good” fat that will help you lose weight. According to a recent study, those who ate almonds daily lost 62 percent more weight than those who did not.
The fiber in almonds will keep you full for a long time so that you won’t be munching on the first snack you can get your hands on. They will also help to curb your sugar cravings.
Replace a regular snack with a handful of almonds, especially before a work-out.
Eating almond butter and drinking almond milk are also great ways to incorporate this superfood into your diet!
Superfood #11: Blueberries
Blueberries are one of the most anti-oxidant rich foods out there, saving you from free radical damage. They may also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Like almonds, these tiny fruits pack high amounts of soluble fiber, keeping you satisfied in between meals. Blueberries do not contain fat, cholesterol, or sodium—in fact, the manganese in them will help your body metabolize fats and carbohydrates.
Eat a cup of blueberries a day to maximize all the goodness they have to offer.
Superfood #10: Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are one of the best superfoods for weight loss since they’ll will leave you feeling satisfied and full for a long time after eating them.
Chia seeds have a very unique quality about them—they actually expand to become a jelly-like substance in your stomach. They digest slowly and give you a slow drip of energy, and they won’t leave you feeling sluggish afterward.
Superfood #9: Chocolate
Yes, that’s right—chocolate can actually help you lose weight (you’re welcome)!
Dark chocolate contains a lot of fast-busting compounds like antioxidants, magnesium, and caffeine which promote heart health and support nerve and muscle function.
In a Swiss study, people who ate dark chocolate daily had lower cortisol levels than people who did not. This stress hormone encourages the body to retain fat, making for a stubbornly round midsection.
When you reach for your daily dose, go for 70 percent or more cacao—the darker, the better.
Superfood #8: Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are high in fiber and healthy fat, filling you up quickly, and keeping you that way for a long time after eating.
Eat them ground to get the most out of them, and you’ll be benefiting from the omega-3 fatty acids that also assist in weight loss and prevent obesity.
Add this superfood to your diet by sprinkling it on your yogurt, cereal, or into your shake each morning.
Superfood #7: Goji Berries
Goji berries are available in health food stores and are considered a superfood for good reason. They contain 18 amino acids, making them an excellent source of protein.
Goji berries help to control your appetite while giving you that starchy, sugary taste you crave. They are high in fiber (which as we know, keeps you full) and help to control blood sugar levels as well.
They even assist in making your metabolism work more efficiently.
Eat them with oatmeal, yogurt, or on a salad for a burst of sweetness.
Superfood #6: Grapefruit
Grapefruit is proven to have powerful weight-loss properties that will no doubt keep you slim and trim.
Eating a grapefruit before a meal can enhance your fat-burning abilities and trim your waist by in an inch after just six weeks of regular consumption.
A study was conducted in which 91 obese metabolic syndrome patients were split into 4 groups. Over 12 weeks, the first group ate fresh grapefruit, the second group drank grapefruit juice, the third group received grapefruit capsules, and the fourth group received placebos.
The fresh grapefruit group lost the most weight, followed by the grapefruit juice drinkers, followed by the capsule consumers, while the placebo group lost the least weight.
Grapefruit does wonders for your metabolism and will surely help you reach your weight-loss goal.
Superfood #5: Green Tea
“Wait, we’re talking about superfoods for weight loss — this is a drink!”
Well, green tea is just so powerful as a weight loss aid that it needed to be included in this list!
Green tea contains an antioxidant called EGCG that helps the body fight off fat and shed pounds throughout the day.
When consumed regularly, this amazing elixir will curb your appetite and boost your metabolism.
Superfood #4: Pomegranate Seeds
These little jewels pack a whole lot of antioxidants and fiber, and they happen to be incredibly sweet to boot. They may even stimulate fat reduction and prevent insulin resistance which is associated with weight gain and obesity.
Superfood #3: Quinoa
Quinoa is low in calories and high in protein and fiber, filling you up, and making it a healthy alternative to rice.
This versatile food has a mild flavor and it can be eaten sweet or savory.
Try swapping it out for oatmeal by adding cinnamon, nuts, and fruit to it. Or, eat it with roasted vegetables for a satisfying lunch!
Superfood #2: Salmon
Salmon is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids which help your body build muscle. Muscle aids in calorie burning.
When eaten as part of a healthy diet, this nutrient-dense and low-calorie protein will keep you slim and satiated.
Superfood #1: Spirulina
With 70 percent vegetable protein, and over 65 vitamins, spirulina is not to be overlooked as a weight loss supplement.
Regular consumption of spirulina helps to build muscle and curbs appetite, making it one of the ideal superfoods for weight loss!
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A Final Word From Energetic Lifestyle
If your metabolism needs a boost and your body needs a push to hit your weight-loss goal, these superfoods are the answer to your dieting prayers.
Don’t deprive yourself now and binge later.
Treat yourself to these sweet superfoods and watch the pounds melt away!