August 8, 2012 - 4:20am
Eating slim and healthy is a simple science. There are number of specific foods that are helpful for weight loss, yet of even more importance is eating a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat, and eating the appropriate potion sizes. When fat, protein, and carbohydrate intake is balanced, the body is able to metabolize its fuel in the most efficient manner.
If you are wanting to lose weight, chances are that your fuel intake is off balance. Most people eat far too many carbs in relation to fat and protein. Fat, ironically, is essential to the metabolic process and is actually helpful agent for weight loss. To speed up your metabolism and start burning fat immediately, reduce the amount of carbohydrates you take in and increase your fat and protein consumption.
Having said this, there are certain high carb count foods that are beneficial to weight loss. What is important is to eat small portions of carbohydrates and balance them with your healthy fat and proteins.
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Here are ten great foods for eating slim and healthy:
Salmon is great energy food as well as an excellent source of lean protein. It is also high in Omega oils that help with serotonin production, acting as a natural antidepressant. Salmon secrete mercury at a higher rate than most fish and so have a relatively low mercury count. If you want slim up and elevate your mood, salmon is a great addition to your diet.
Kale is your best source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant believed to be a major player in the battle against cancer and heart disease and it also provides other important nutrients like calcium, vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin B6, manganese, and potassium. Low calorie, kale can be used to create a great side dish.
Nuts are usually rich in proteins and fats and are also high in calories. However, the fats in nuts are beneficial and help lower insulin resistance and improve blood glucose and cholesterol. Almonds, walnuts, and cashews are all excellent choices. They’re perfect for breakfast as they will give you long lasting energy throughout the day.
4. Brown rice
Brown rice is an excellent source of complex carbs. It contains all the vital nutrients like vitamin B1,B3, B6, phosphorous, manganese, selenium and magnesium. Studies have found that people who eat whole grains like brown rice weigh less than those who eat more refined grains. Rice increases body metabolism and helps in fat burning. Brown rice is rich in fibers that improve insulin action and prevent sudden insulin spikes thereby improving weight loss. It is also rich in selenium and magnesium which are important minerals for energy production and fat loss.
The most readily available source of protein, meat contains almost everything your body needs to function properly. Studies have shown that the healthiest people on earth (certain tribal communities) have had a diet very high in meat, and very low on fruits and vegetables! Their lifestyle of course accounts for a large part of their health, however, high protein and low carb intake is always conducive to weight loss. Beef, poultry, pork, and fish are all good choices, although it is better to avoid deep fried items.
6. Apple and Grapefruit
The antioxidants in apples help prevent excess gain of belly fat. Apples go great with cinnamon which is a very good antioxidant and has anti-aging properties. Grapefruit contains chemicals that reduce insulin levels, a process that may force your body to convert calories into energy rather than fat. Also, grapefruit reduces the appetite and contains lots of antioxidants which are great for your skin. Fruit is not conducive to weight loss in general, however, if eaten in small amounts with fat and protein it is still very beneficial.
Don’t let the fat content of an avocado scare you—that’s what makes it a top weight loss food! Avocado enhances the metabolic system and insulin production due to its high content of ‘good’ fats. The trick with avocado, as with all fats, is to eat small portions of them in balance with carb and protein intake.
Lentils are great at reducing belly fat and helping you achieve that flat stomach that you desire. Eating lentils helps prevent insulin spikes that cause your body to create excess fat, especially in the abdominal area. There are many varieties of lentils, but red and yellow cook fastest and have a sweeter, more pleasant taste.
Oatmeal is loaded with fibers that lower your appetite by making you feel full so you can go for long periods of time without eating while keeping your energy levels high. It will give you a longer lasting blast of energy that helps you workout longer which helps you lose weight much faster. Also, oatmeal is a great choice for breakfast, especially if combined with protein and fat.
Add spices to your foods like chili peppers, cayenne peppers or hot mustard to increase your fat burning metabolism. Spices also reduce your appetite which can be a great help when on a diet. Ginger is great also as it increases hormone production and helps release stored fat and burn it as fuel.
Top ten lists are subjective and will vary from person to person, however, you can not go wrong with any of the choices here.
Health and well-being is three dimensional, and eating is just one part of the triad.The mental and emotional factors of weight loss are equally important, as the body, mind, and emotions are inextricably combined.
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What other foods would you add to this list?