We always want to find the best possible food choices to help with weight loss but there seems to be an overwhelming amount of choices out there and differing opinions. The first step is to focus on real whole foods.
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If you’re at the grocery store this means shopping on the perimeter of the store as this is where you will find all the real food.
When you focus on real food you avoid the packaged and manufactured garbage that can deteriorate your health and add on the pounds.
If you find yourself consuming a lot of food like this the secret is to start just adding in real and healthy food.
Over time you’ll find you won’t have any room for the processed junk as the real whole foods begin to just push them away.
So with all that said, what are some of the best food choices that help with weight loss? Great question so in no particular order:
1. Dark Leafy Greens
This can be spinach, kale, Swiss chard, you name it. The darker green the better as this indicates a deep nutrient and phytochemical concentration which is key to optimal health.
The beauty of foods like this is you can eat them by the truckload while taking in very few calories.
The fiber content also helps promote fullness.
2. Olive Oil
Yes, olive oil is basically a fat but it is the healthy monounsaturated fat which can protect against heart disease, stroke, has anti-inflammatory properties and is an antioxidant.
So these benefits are key towards your health but even though it contains more calories than other food items this is the type of fat that will keep you satiated longer and also is gentle on things like blood sugar spikes and insulin surges so it prevents excessive hunger.
3. Coconut Oil
Another fat but an extremely healthy one made up of medium chain triglycerides.
These type of fats are broken down a lot more quickly in the body and can be used as an instant energy source.
They are more efficiently used by the body and less likely to be turned into body fat, so they’re great for weight loss as it’s not likely to be stored as fat, burns calories, increases fullness and can lead to greater fat loss.
4. Green Tea
Not technically a food but one of the best sources out there for antioxidants and a cup of green tea can contain more vitamin C than an orange.
Fat loss wise, green tea is great as it contains compounds that speed up metabolism.
5. Hot Peppers
This might not be for everyone but no doubt you’ve eaten something spicy at some point and felt like you were a volcano.
This is actually the feeling of your metabolism boosting up a notch as hot peppers contain capsaicin which heats up your body and burns calories.
You can eat them whole or as a hot sauce and still get the same effect and they can really give a good effect and a kick to things like eggs and soups.
6. Wild Salmon
Probably my favorite food choice as it is an amazing source of protein and healthy fats, both of which make you full and keep you fuller for longer.
You also get a good amount of omega 3 fatty acids which are important for things like your joints, mental health, skin, and hair and can help aid in fat loss.
Omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory and fuel fat burning while also blocking fat storage.
Protein and healthy fats are also a great way to keep cravings low as they won’t spike your blood sugar like refined carbs and sugar do.
Wrapping It Up
You can see just on this list that you could make a combination of meals or salads just out of these choices.
So for fat loss, it again comes down to eating the cleanest whole foods possible and making daily choices that will help in the process of losing fat while avoiding those inferior food choices that take you a step back in your weight loss pursuits.