Posted On 28 Aug 2018
What are the best weight loss foods that act as fuel for your body? You want to make sure that you eat healthily, and that your diet is in the right proportions. This means that you need plenty carbohydrate foods such as potatoes, grains and pulses, enough protein foods such as lean meat, fish and poultry, and a little fat, preferably from fish or vegetable and seed oils. It also means plenty fruit and vegetables. It means cutting back on the ‘bad foods’ such as chocolate, potato crisps, cakes and pastries for example.
Some nutrients are very important to maintain high energy levels and those are obtained from what we like to call weight loss ‘superfoods’. Incorporate as many of these energy enhancing superfoods in your diet:
Anti-oxidants strengthen the immune system and fight free radicals, which cause cellular and tissue damage in the body resulting in accelerating the aging process. Vitamins A, C and E contain high levels of anti-oxidants as well as these foods: Red grapes, Garlic, Spinach, Broccoli, Berries, Green Tea and Carrots. Several degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers, heart disease and cancers can be prevented by including high quantities of anti-oxidants in your diet. Anti-oxidants are also beneficial for helping to counteract the effects of modern day pollutants in our foods, such as pesticides, chemicals and radiation.
Vitamins E and B
These are essential for maintaining healthy red blood cells. Some foods that contain vitamin E are: Nuts, Seeds, Sweet Potatoes, Avocado’s, Brown Rice, Asparagus and Green Vegetables. These are some of the foods that contain vitamin B: Wheatgerm, Soya, Oats, Banana’s, Wholegrains, Meat, Fish, Eggs, Mushrooms, Pulses, Soya and Yogurt.
Zinc and Iron
These are both vital for maintaining energy levels and healthy red blood cells especially if you are exercising more or if you menstruate heavily. These are some foods that contain these two mineral: Meat, Eggs, Wholegrains, Dark Leafy Greens, Dried Apricots, Peaches, Fish and Seafood, Nuts, Seeds, Wheatgerm and Pulses.
A deficiency in this mineral is linked to chronic fatigue, low energy levels and fluctuating blood sugar levels. Some foods that contain magnesium are: Green Vegetables, Nut, Seeds, Pulses, Meat, Fish and Seafood, Figs, Banana’s and Brown Rice.
You will note that many of these weight loss foods contain all of the above nutrients, so eat as much of those as possible to ensure that you have optimum levels of energy in your weight loss program.