Dieting isn't exactly an enjoyable experience. It usually involves some kind of deprivation from foods you enjoy: carbs, sugar, red meat or dairy. So instead of thinking of what you can't eat, take a look at the foods that you not only can eat, but will actually help you on your weight loss journey.
Good Housekeeping reported that Americans spend around $30 billion a year on products to help keep the weight off. Unfortunately, most of that money goes down the drain because the products don't work.
But there is good news. Research is now showing that there are superfoods that will help fight sugar cravings and even boost your metabolism.
Here are some superfoods that you can start incorporating into your diet right now. You just might shed those pesky five pounds that have been lurking around, just in time for bathing suit season.
Apples – Self.com reported that eating an apple as a snack helped people eat less at their next meal. There have also been studies that have shown that the antioxidants in apples help prevent extra belly fat.
Avocado – This fruit often has a reputation for being fattening – there are 65 calories in a quarter of a medium-sized avocado. However, this fruit is a great substitute for things like mayonnaise because it replaces the bad fats with the good fats, U.S. News & World Report explained. It's an easy and healthy way to save some calories.
Beans – This very versatile food is low in calories, but also contains cholecystokinin. Good Housekeeping explained that cholecystokinin is a digestive hormone that acts like a natural appetite suppressant. Another bonus to this superfood is it can lower your cholesterol because of its high fiber content.
Eggs – Eat this superfood for breakfast and curb your appetite for the rest of the day. Good Housekeeping reported that the protein in eggs prevents an early spike in blood sugar which helps you fight cravings.
Watermelon – Not only is this summer staple delicious, it's filled with antioxidants and contains lycopene which has been shown to help fight cancer. Watermelon is also high in water content and contains only 50 calories per cup, according to U.S. News & World Report. The high water content helps you eat less and keeps you full longer.
Yogurt – Nutritionists agree that plain is best, but eating yogurt is a great superfood to add to your diet. Self.com reported that it has the perfect combination of carbs, fat and protein and keeps blood sugar level. Like avocado, you can substitute yogurt for mayonnaise in dishes like potato salad.
Grapefruit – Eating a half of a grapefruit before each meal or drinking a serving size of the juice three times a day aided in people losing weight, according to Good Housekeeping . In a study, grapefruit's phytochemicals reduced insulin levels which sometimes can convert calories into energy instead of fat.
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