5 Foods that promote Weight Loss!!

Written By: Harshika Kapoor

A healthy lifestyle is tough to follow in this era of fast food, high cholesterol dishes, fried goodness, and even more. But, we are here to make it easier for you. Following are some of the easily available weight-loss food items which you can add to your daily diet and live a healthy life by losing some of those extra pounds that you have always wanted to lose!

 

1) Mushrooms

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Whether it’s mushroom pasta, stuffed-mushrooms or mushrooms with garlic, these meaty textured fungi are known for having low calories but high protein, amino acid, riboflavin, niacin, etc. It is low in fat and sodium which keeps the diet conscious people calm and full at the same time. Another reason why mushrooms are a good candidate under weight loss foods is that it is also high in antioxidants while being low in fat and calories. It has selenium which helps in the production of glutathione peroxidase (antioxidant) and has L-ergothioneine.

For every 100g, it has 13 cals and 0.9 protein.

 2) Almonds

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 There is a lot of confusion around whether almonds are weight-loss food or not because of the fats and calorie-density it contains. But, most people forget that healthy fat in a weight – loss diet is a must so that the human body is not deprived of essential nutrients it requires and almonds provide exactly that. It provides healthy fats, 13% protein, is an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, calcium, iron, etc. But, of course, an individual needs to be careful about the portion-size and the type of almonds being consumed. One ounce or 22-23 whole kernels per day used either as snacks, additive to a salad, milk, oatmeal, etc. is enough. Raw almonds are the least calorie dense.

 

3) Oatmeal

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 It has a very popular reputation of being a healthy breakfast, and it proves itself to be it because of its low calories (159 calories in one cup) and high protein content. The crust of the argument about why oatmeal is a weight-loss food is because it has a high fibre content.  Fibre does not break down into sugar and holds water in the body (according to Harvard Health Publications)  which helps in increased metabolism which further fastens the weight-loss program.

It has 159 cals/cup.

4) Flaxseed

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 Flaxseeds are a comparatively new addition to the list of weight-loss foods but are just as effective or even more so. The main reason why they are on the list is that of the two types of dietary fibres it contains which helps in the reduction of food absorption and increase metabolism. Flaxseeds contain Omega-3 and Omega-6, the fatty acids which help in the reduction of inflammation-induced weight gain and also balance metabolism. It would be best to ground one tablespoon of the flax seeds (as it helps in faster absorption of the nutrients) and add them to soup, salads, milk, etc.

It has 37 calories/tablespoon. 

5) Apple

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 The fact that Apples are 85% water makes it a strong contender in a weight-loss food list. Since it is 85% water, it makes a medium-sized apple quite filling while consuming low calories and low energy density. Also, apples score fairly high on fibre content which serves the purpose of reduction in food absorption and feeling fuller for a longer period of time. The high fibre consumption also improves digestive and metabolic health while keeping the daily intake of calories under an individual’s control.

50 cals/medium sized apple.

With this information in your pocket, let’s hope that losing weight and having a healthy lifestyle becomes easier for you!

Knowledge about how to lose weight is the first step towards a slimmer, happier you. Kudos to you for completing the first step! 

 

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