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8 Foods That Can Break Through a Weight Loss Stall

8 Foods That Can Break Through a Weight Loss Stall
Breaking through a weight loss stall isn't as difficult as you might think, and there are several ways to do it. When you are on the HCG diet there are specific plateau breakers that you can use in order to stop a plateau, including the Steak day and Apple day.

Both of those have been discussed on this blog in the past, and if you are on the HCG diet you should focus on using those methods and ignore using the foods that are discussed in this article. However, if you are just following your regular diet you should definitely consider using these foods to help you overcome unexpected weight gains or other fluctuations that you may be experiencing with your weight.

Grapefruit can jump start your metabolism

Eating grapefruit is a great way to offset any weight gain that you've experienced recently, as it is rich in both fiber and water. Grapefruit has been shown to boost weight loss effects significantly. A compound called naringin found in grapefruit is what is thought to lead to the fruit's blood sugar lowering effects. Grapefruit is also rich in vitamins C and A which boost the immune system as an added bonus. The fiber in grapefruit can help you feel full during the day, and this helps you avoid snacking on unhealthy foods and helps you keep your daily calorie intake as low as possible.

Broccoli can help you start losing weight again

Another excellent food to consider if you are struggling with losing weight is broccoli. Like grapefruit, broccoli is rich in fiber, and eating just a few servings of it per week can cut your calorie consumption down significantly. Broccoli is a good source of vitamins and minerals, and a single cup of broccoli is packed with many nutrients like vitamins, A, C, K, folate, and potent antioxidants. There's a reason why broccoli is commonly listed in "€œsuperfood"€ lists; it's by far one of the best vegetables that you can add to your diet for overall health. The high water content will also help to keep you full. Adding more of it to your regular diet is always a good idea if you have been struggling with weight loss.

Raspberries have some unique weight loss benefits

Raspberries are known for being an excellent weight loss food because they are rich in fiber, they have a few compounds that can boost your metabolism. Raspberries are an excellent alternative to dessert foods like chocolate or other high carb desserts that will almost certainly result in weight gain. They are known for their blood sugar stabilizing effect, and some side benefits include their anti-cancer properties, improved immunity, and better eyesight. They are very low in calories, and adding a handful of fresh or frozen raspberries to your smoothies, Greek yogurt, or eating them just as a simple snack is an excellent way to stay full during the day without adding too many calories to your diet.

Lima beans can help you overcome your weight loss plateau

Lima beans are another excellent option to help you overcome any struggles that you are having with your weight. They are rich in fiber and protein, and the high protein content helps to stabilize your blood sugar throughout the day. They are a legume so you need to be careful to avoid them if you are on a particular diet like the HCG diet, but some diets may allow them. Legumes have anti-nutrients in them, and some people cannot tolerate them, while others won't have as many problems with them. If you have found that you can eat lima beans without major issues, then they can be a great option for you while you are trying to maintain a healthy weight.

Coconut oil can help you lose weight

You should replacing any unhealthy oils in your diet like seed oils, vegetable oils, and other oils that are known to be unhealthy with coconut oil, olive oil, and other natural oils. Studies have found that simply adding more coconut oil to your diet can help you lose midsection fat and can have a powerful effect on your metabolism. Coconut oil is rich in medium chain fatty acids which are metabolized in the liver. They are used for energy immediately or they are converted into ketone bodies. Some studies have found that medium chain fatty acids are not stored as efficiently as other types of fats, which explains why many people start to lose weight when they add coconut oil into their diets.

Apples are an excellent weight loss food

Apples are rich in fiber and are used as a weight loss plateau breaker on the HCG diet because of their many weight loss benefits. But, you can add more of them to your regular diet to help reduce weight gain and stabilize your weight as well. The polyphenols and fiber in apples are not digested until they reach the colon, and once they get there they act as a nutrient source for the good bacteria in our gut. The restored balance of gut bacteria can help to reduce inflammation levels and reduce the chance of overeating. Several studies have found that obese people have imbalanced gut microbes, and eating apples along with certain other foods like Greek yogurt is one of the best ways to restore that balance.

Greek yogurt is a protein rich weight loss booster

If you haven't added Greek yogurt to your diet, it's definitely a good idea as it is one of the best weight loss foods on the planet. The high protein content of Greek yogurt helps to stabilize your blood sugar. One study found that eating just 18 ounces of Greek yogurt each day can help you drop a jean size. The dieters who ate Greek yogurt also lost 81 percent more midsection fat and 22 percent more weight overall than those who didn't, while also retaining more muscle mass. Retaining muscle is essential when you are trying to lose weight because any loss of muscle mass can have a significant effect on your metabolism. The calcium in Greek yogurt is a signal to your body to stop producing the hormone cortisol, which is a trigger for weight gain. Also, like apples, Greek yogurt helps to maintain a healthy digestive system.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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