Best Superfoods for Weight Loss

I have some bad news: there is no such thing as a weight loss food. In other words, no fruit, vegetable or plant extract will magically melt your fat away, contrary to what those informercials claim.

However, there are a range of superfoods for weight loss, ones that are rich in vitamins and minerals that might be able to assist with your weight loss journey. You still need to diet and you should get in as much cardio as you can as well, but these superfoods for weight loss will provide an additional push.

Apples

Apples are as basic, as cheap and as abundant as fruit gets. They are seemingly not exotic enough to earn superfood status, but if any food should be branded as a superfood it’s this one. Studies have shown that the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” may actually be rooted in truth, because they have has been linked to a reduced chance of stroke and heart attack and have been shown to have a direct impact on the levels of bad cholesterol in middle-aged men and women.

Their weight loss properties stem from their fiber content. A single 100 calorie serving of apples gives you 4 grams of dietary fiber, filling you up and keeping your appetite down. There is also no fat or sodium, so you can snack on them all day and stay trim.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit for breakfast seems to be a weight loss staple, and not without reason. There have been a number of studies conducted on the fat-burning potential of grapefruit and the vast majority have concluded that there are some effective weight-loss properties to this fruit. One study gave participants a serving of grapefruit three times a day and reported that they lost between 0.8 and 1.3 kilos more than the placebo group after 12 weeks (about 1.7 to 2.8 pounds).

They are also a great source of vitamin C and red grapefruits contain lycopene, which is also found in tomatoes and is thought to have cancer killing properties.

Tomatoes

This superfood for weight loss has a number of healthy properties, including one of the highest concentrations of lycopene (mentioned above) found in any foodstuff. It is abundant in the Mediterranean diet and is thought to be one of the main reasons they live longer than many other cultures.

It is also full of low-calorie juice and high-fibre flesh. That water and that fibre helps to fill you up, while the nutrients and the carbohydrates ensure you get a healthy dose of what your body needs. Tomatoes are also very versatile. You can eat them raw, serve a few slices in a sandwich, or roast them in a pasta dish.

And don’t worry if you hate the fruit but love the chewy, toffee flavor of sun-dried tomatoes, because they contain an even higher concentration of lycopene and as long as they are not soaked in oil they are just as healthy.

Eggs

Eggs have had a bad reputation and were once thought to contribute to an increased risk of heart attacks and weight gain. But recent research suggests that all of these worries may have been unfounded. One study found that there was no direct link between heart disease and weight loss. Another study also failed to find any increased risk of heart disease or stroke when consuming 1 whole egg per day.

So why is something that’s high in fat—even if it’s good fat—on a list of the best superfoods for weight loss? Well, there are many studies out there that point to eggs as being a beneficial tool for weight management. One such study found that a breakfast of eggs helped women between the ages of 25 and 60 to lose weight—and to better control their hunger—more than a breakfast of bagels.

Eggs are also loaded with protein (in the white) and nutrients (in the yolk).

Salmon

Not only is salmon a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to plethora of positive effects in humans, but it is also low in saturated fat and high in protein, which may help to control your appetite. There is also an abundance of iodine in salmon, a nutrient that helps to keep your thyroid functioning and one that is so often found to be deficient in our diet.

A lack of iodine has also been linked to fatigue, slow metabolism and weight gain, so getting a sufficient amount ensures you’re not at risk of developing such issues.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, but one that shows more promise than other vegetables in the same family (sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage). It is high in fiber and has very few calories, which means it can help to fill you up without piling on the pounds. It is rich in carotenoids, vitamin K, vitamin C, chromium, folate and a host of other vitamins. And it also has a huge protein content when compared to other vegetables (although not to meat, dairy, nuts or beans).

There have also been some intriguing studies done on broccoli’s potential cancer-killing properties, which means that as well as helping you to bulk out your meals while decreasing your calories, it could also prolong your life.

Avocados

The trendy superfood of the moment, avocados are currently being praised for everything from their anti-cancer properties to their ability to leave your hair thick and shiny, or so people claim. But they are also loaded with healthy fats and research conducted as far back as 2005 suggests that when added to a salad, they could boost your overall nutrient uptake by improving the absorption of other nutrients.

In other words, avocados could be the perfect tool to help you get more benefits from the other superfoods for weight loss on this list. There truly is no end to the benefits of these super fruits and if you’re one of the many Americans who can’t get enough of them then make sure you stock up.

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