Diet is one of the biggest hurdles in the weight loss journey. Experts say it accounts for a whopping 75% of weight loss (with only 25% attributed to exercise). So while you might be a gym warrior, pumping away on the elliptical will only get you so far.
Having the right food around can put a huge dent in your weight loss goals. But you need to know what to buy first.
To help you get closer to your weight loss goals, we’ve compiled a list of tasty, fat-melting superfoods that should be staples in your shopping cart:
It’s no secret that avocados pack a powerful health punch — full of healthy fats, protein and fiber. But the oleic acid within the fruit’s monounsaturated fats is also shown to subdue hunger, making it an even greater diet ally. Add half a small avocado to your morning toast or afternoon salad to help fight fat.
Blueberries make for the perfect mid-morning or afternoon snack. One cup only costs you back 80 calories and helps you feel full with 4 grams of fiber while providing proven anti-aging effects.
Broccoli offers a laundry list of health benefits, most notably its ability to flush out cancer-causing chemicals. This low-calorie veggie is also packed with fiber, vitamin B6, iron and many more health-boosting nutrients. Steam fresh broccoli in the microwave and eat as a side with salmon or mix into your morning omelette for an extra health kick.
Adding half a grapefruit to your meal — without changing anything else about your diet — may help you lose up to a pound a week. That’s because the fruit lowers insulin levels, which signals your body to burn fat, leading to weight loss. As a good source of protein and water-rich food, it also fills you up so you eat less.
As a low calorie and high protein grain alternative, quinoa makes for a perfectly delicious and healthy side. You can also add quinoa to veggie burgers, chili or other fun recipes to reap the health rewards.
6. Red Peppers
When it comes to peppers, all colors are not created equal. Rich in carotenoid phytonutrients and other antioxidants, red peppers boast considerably more beta-carotene and vitamin C than green bell peppers and are the most mature variety. Slice up a red pepper with broccoli and spinach and
7. Black beans
With no saturated fat and 15 grams of crave-crushing protein per cup, black beans are an inexpensive yet satisfying staple. Eat them as a side with grilled chicken or add them to a salad for extra hunger-fighting protein.
Get your carb fix while boosting your metabolism and burning fat with steel cut oats. They’re rich in fiber, helping you feel fuller longer, and contain resistant starch shown to help you burn 25% more calories. Try soaking oats with coconut milk, blueberries, chia seeds and honey and letting them sit overnight for a quick, healthy breakfast.
Deemed “the new quinoa,” teff is a low calorie, high protein grain alternative chock-full of weight loss goodness. Here are just a few reasons we love it:
• It’s packed with fiber and protein to keep you full
• Contains 30% of your daily iron per serving
• Serves as a wheat supplement for people with diabetes
• Helps control appetite
Try adding teff to thicken soups and sauces or as a flour substitute to make healthy breads, pancakes and waffles.
10. Chia seeds
With an attractive ratio of protein, fats and fiber, chia seeds are a low-carb source of protein that can easily be added to spruce up yogurt, smoothies or oatmeal. Because they don’t cause spikes and drops in blood sugar or insulin levels, snacking on these will prevent cravings and overeating.
These are just a few fat-burning foods we love. Check out these 5 refreshing superfoods for more healthy inspiration and go experiment with some tasty recipes!