There are dozens of "superfoods", or foods that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and that can have a positive impact on your overall health. But how many of them can help you lose weight? The answer is that most, if not all superfoods are also helpful for weight loss because they usually have a few qualities.
- They are normally lower in fat than other foods - many superfoods like blueberries, broccoli and others have a very low fat and calorie content per serving compared to junk food or processed foods.
- They are usually high in fiber content - foods like broccoli, kale and berries have a high fiber content. This keeps you satiated throughout the day and can help with weight loss significantly.
- They are usually high in water content - superfoods usually have a high water content which makes them more filling than junk foods and helps to suppress the appetite.
- They have phytochemicals that fight obesity - some superfoods are effective at fighting obesity because they have phytochemicals that can increase fat metabolism and have other positive effects on the body.
The following 5 superfoods some or all of these qualities and more, making them a great choice to add into your diet if you are trying to lose weight and burn fat. Look for recipes and utilize these superfoods as much as possible to start losing weight and feeling better. Also, keep in mind that all of these foods are a great choice for Phase 3 of the HCG diet, although not all of them are approved for Phase 2.
Weight Loss Superfood #1 - Avocado
Avocado is an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals and it is considered to be one of the top weight loss superfoods for several reasons. The monounsaturated fats in avocados are an excellent source of fat in your diet and they are not linked with inflammation and weight gain in the same way that other fats like margarine or seed or some vegetable oils are. The high fat and protein content of avocados makes them very filling even in small quantities, and they are very easy to prepare in a wide range of simple recipes like guacamole, salsa, sandwich toppings, or in salads. Avocado is also a great food for both diabetics and non-diabetics to control their blood sugar levels, as it has a low glycemic index.
Weight Loss Superfood #2 - Coconut oil and milk
Coconut oil is a fat, but it is actually one of the healthiest fats on the planet. The fatty acids in coconut oil are called medium chain triglycerides, and your body actually prefers to burn them rather than store them as fat. When you use coconut oil in your diet along with other healthy oils like extra virgin olive oil, you will most likely lose fat, and they are a great replacement for vegetable oils or margarine. For high heat cooking use coconut oil, as it has a better health tolerance, and it is even a better option for weight loss than olive oil, which is widely known to be one of the healthiest oils for cooking.
Weight Loss Superfood #3 - Spinach
Spinach is widely known as a superfood because of its many nutrients, high fiber content, and ability to help you fight against several different illnesses. Spinach is commonly eaten as a side dish or in salads, and like many other superfoods it is very easy to prepare as a snack or a meal. It's a far better option than lettuce for salads because of its large abundance of nutrients. Spinach is a great weight loss food because of its excellent fiber content and extremely low calorie content. One cup of raw spinach incredibly has just 7 calories, and it is very filling. Although spinach wilts to be much smaller in size, eating a whole four cups of raw spinach will total just 28 calories.
Weight Loss Superfood #4 - Broccoli
As previously mentioned, broccoli is by far one of the best superfoods for weight loss. Like spinach it is very rich in antioxidants and compounds that can fight weight gain. Eating broccoli just a few times each week can cut down the number of calories that you consume dramatically. It has an excellent fiber content with 2.4 grams per cup. Like other superfood vegetables, the high fiber content helps to keep you full between meals and throughout the day. Broccoli's antioxidants and phytochemicals also help reduce inflammation in the body, which in turn can make it more difficult to gain weight. One cup of broccoli is a great source of several vitamins as a side benefit including vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids, and one serving just has 40 calories.
Weight Loss Superfood #5 - Raspberries
Raspberries are higher in fiber than many other berries including blueberries, and one cup of raspberries has a huge 8 grams of fiber. With most people not getting enough fiber in their diet, raspberries are an excellent way to increase fiber intake. The fiber in raspberries helps to balance your blood sugar and reduce cravings and hunger. They are also low in calories which makes them a great choice for dessert smoothies (without added sugar), as a snack, lightly sweetened with a natural sweetener like stevia or maple syrup. Keep in mind that there are some who claim that raspberry ketones, a compound derived from raspberries, can trigger weight loss in some way, but there's no evidence of this.
Weight Loss Superfood #6 - Blueberries
Blueberries are always a great choice for weight loss because they are very low in calories, rich in fiber like raspberries, as well as antioxidants. They contain organic chemicals called polyphenols which can stimulate fat metabolism. They are also a great choice for pre-diabetic patients or diabetics because although they are slightly sweet, they are very low in calories and can actually help to stabilize your blood sugar. They have a low glycemic index as well, meaning that they break down slowly and don't spike your insulin levels. They're a great choice to add into your yogurt, smoothies, or other recipes, but be careful about sweetening them more than what they are naturally, as the extra sugar will definitely counteract their health benefits.