When it comes to losing weight, there’s a simple enough recipe for success. All you have to do is burn more calories than you consume, right? And yet, it’s not only about calories in and calories out, it’s also important to make sure that you’re getting a balanced diet with all the nutrients your body needs in order to function properly and remain healthy. It couldn’t hurt to feel full throughout the day, either, since it will certainly improve your mood and help you stick to your weight loss diet.
But is it simply impossible to meet all of these goals? As it turns out, a targeted diet program that contains the right super foods will not only help you to lose weight, but also leave you feeling full, satisfied, and healthy without depriving your taste buds of all the sweet, salty, sour, and bitter flavors you crave. Here are the top five foods you’ll want to add to your diet.
- Leafy greens. When it comes to improving your health and losing weight there is simply no food better suited to the task than leafy greens. Spinach and other dark greens, in particular, provide you with tons of essential vitamins and minerals, along with added benefits like curbing muscle and bone loss (a predicament suffered by many dieters) as well as improving heart health. They also add a big dose of fiber to your diet, which keeps your digestive system functioning properly and may even block your body from absorbing certain fats.
- Salmon. Lean protein is essential to any weight loss diet since the slow burning fuel makes you feel satisfied longer. But salmon is particularly beneficial not only because of its high protein, great flavor, and versatility (eat it raw or cooked!), but also because of the heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids it contains, which help to keep your brain at peak performance levels and reduce inflammation in joints and tissue.
- Avocado. You’ll likely be cutting a lot of fats and oils from your diet, but the truth is that your body does need some healthy fats if you don’t want it to start storing them away for later. Avocado, while high in calories, is a tasty source of the monounsaturated fats you need to reduce stored fats and turn down the dial on your hunger. Since you’ll probably only want a fourth or half at a time, store the remainder in a piece of plastic wrap coated with olive oil to keep it from turning brown.
- Eggs. You might be wary of eggs because of the rumors circulating about cholesterol. Here’s the thing, though; eggs have a lot of healthy benefits. When eaten in the morning, eggs help you stay fuller longer and make healthier dietary choices throughout the day. And the yolks contain the bulk of nutrients, so they definitely need to stay. As for cholesterol, you have little to fear when you’re eating eggs as part of a balanced diet, and when you stop cooking them in butter and eating them with bacon you’re off to a good start.
- Blueberries. The value of this weight loss super food cannot be overestimated. Not only will it sate your sweet tooth, but it also provides you with the antioxidants that stave off free radical damage, providing anti-aging benefits to go along with your weight loss. Plus, a cup is only about 80 calories – like my mom always says, nobody ever got fat eating fruit. So if you’re the family meal planner in your house, add this super fruit in place of high-calorie desserts.