We are five months into the new year and I wonder how many people have actually kept their resolution to lose weight? If you are one of those people who had every intention of going to the gym everyday or cutting out certain food items but have just not kept up with it, here are seven food items to add to your diet that will help you get your body into the best shape possible!
Apples. Eating an apple a day can help keep your body from gaining and storing excess weight. The antioxidants packed in apples may help prevent metabolic syndrome, which is a condition marked by excessive belly fat.
Kale. Known as the “queen of greens,” its richness in vitamin K can reduce the overall risk of developing or dying from cancer. One cup of kale contains 34 calories and 1.3g of fiber. Kale also contains a hearty amount of iron and calcium.
Lentils. This “belly flattener” item helps to prevent insulin spikes that cause the body to create and build excess fat, especially in the abdominal area. Lentils help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and help the body maintain blood sugar. Lentils help to prevent constipation and promote a low cholesterol level in the body.
Goji Berries. These berries have a chewy texture and tart taste to them, which help to curb hunger longer. Goji berries are a surprising source of protein and are only 35 calories per tablespoon. Research shows that goji berries may help boost your immune system, protect vision, and help prevent heart disease.
Almond Butter. If you are looking for a great change up to your peanut butter and bread routine, switching to almond butter may be the best choice. Spreading almond butter over your bread will help lower the bread’s glycemic index. Almond butter is made by crushing and smoothing almonds into a paste. Since almonds are very nutritious in themselves, and are full of monosaturated fat content, they make a better choice. Almond butter is full of vitamin E, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and calcium.
Quinoa. As a great source of protein, quinoa also helps to curb hunger. It also has 2.6g of fiber per half cup, so being generous with the servings will only add to your benefit. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has declared 2013 to be “The International Year of Quinoa.” Quinoa has shown to have anti-inflammatory compounds that shows a decreased risk of inflammation-related problems, including obesity.
Avocado. Olive Oil. Both avocado and olive oil are full of a healthy fat that is crucial to our body, which makes them a necessity as an item to add to your diet when looking to lose weight. Avocados have a heart healthy monosaturated fat that increases satiety and research show that olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which help in chronic inflammation.