Experts say there are two basic categories of foods that can be considered "keeping it off
superfoods" because they fill your tummy without piling on the calories: fruits and vegetables. And
the nutrient that gives fruits and vegetables that ‘staying power?’ Fiber. So, if fruits and vegetables
are the "keeping-it-off superfood groups," fiber may well be the "keeping-it-off super-nutrient."
Protein is another super-nutrient. It's becoming more scientifically accepted that protein may help
to curb appetite. Protein also offers staying power, and can slightly boost your metabolism in the process. But it’s imperative
that you choose your proteins wisely, because like all other foods, if you’re
eating more than your body needs, it’ll show up on the scale as a gain, instead
of a loss.
The following superfoods are smart, low-calorie choices that will benefit your
weight loss efforts:
Green Tea - Researchers suspect that the catechins (helpful phytochemicals) in
green tea may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and
mildly decrease body fat. So indulge in either a hot cup or a nice tall iced glass of
Broth- or tomato-based soup – Soups can help reduce hunger before meals and
increase your feeling of fullness.
Low-calorie green salads - Having a low-calorie salad – which is not defined as
one that’s loaded with croutons, high fat dressings, and cheese - as a first course
can help you feel full, thereby reducing how much you eat with your main
course. Wisely choose your ingredients, and its high fiber content can be the
key to helping you fight cravings later in the day.
Yogurt – Including dairy products as part of your healthy diet may promote your
weight loss efforts. Choosing a light yogurt may help you fight off hunger pangs
due to its combination of protein and carbohydrate.
Beans – A great combination of fiber and protein, beans help you feel full longer,
which means they may work to curb your between-meal appetite.
Water – Water is your body’s lifeblood, and you should be drinking it through
your day. It’s a great no-calorie beverage, and you can get it by drinking
unsweetened tea, flavored unsweetened mineral water, regular water with lime
or lemon, or even in your cucumber. In addition to helping flush toxins from the
body, it can also help you feel full. So when those hunger pangs strike, try
drinking a glass of water before grabbing that snack.
High-Fiber, Whole-Grain Cereal - Whole grains in general help boost fiber and
the nutritional value of your meal. One of the easiest ways to give your daily
diet a whole-grain boost is to have a bowl of higher-fiber whole-grain cereal as
breakfast or a snack.