10 superfoods for weight loss

April 1, 2022

In the world of weight loss, there is plenty of conflicting information on which superfoods are best for weight loss.

Super foods in spoons and bowls on a wooden background

If you are struggling with what foods to eat read on for 10 superfoods that will not only help you lose weight but will also keep you feeling satisfied for longer.

#1 Cayenne Pepper

There are numerous ways to encourage fat loss; one is to increase the rate at which you burn kilojoules.

Spicy foods such as Cayenne Pepper, kick-start your metabolism.

A study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry found capsaicin (the active ingredient in cayenne) increases thermogenesis, the conversion of kilojoules to heat.

What’s more cayenne pepper will also help curb your appetite.

#2 Dark Chocolate

If you think chocolate is a recipe for diet disaster?? Not according to a Spanish study.

In fact, Cocoa is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which have been linked to reduced belly fat. 

The secret is to go dark. while some chocolate is full of sweeteners, dark or semi-dark options give you the health benefits without the sugar.

#3 Ginger

Ginger not only has a great kick, but it may help reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

This is good news for your diet because cortisol is a major culprit in belly fat. It also stimulates craving for foods that can ruin your weight loss plans.

So, try brewing some ginger tea or adding raw ginger to your meal to help to calm your rumbling stomach.

#4 Olive Oil

People in Italy, Greece and France have lower rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease – despite eating plenty of fats.

In fact, an Israeli study showed those on a Mediterranean diet lost more weight over two years than those on a low-fat one.

One of the secrets? Consuming olive oil. This healthy fat can help you shed kilos when used in moderation.

Another added bonus it’s also rich in oleic acid, which can promote heart health. 

#5 Salmon

Did you know that inflammation can make you fat? Pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids have been associated with higher body weights and increased dietary fats.

Luckily, their healthier cousins – omega-3s – may have the opposite effect.

Salmon, is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids. You can enjoy it steamed, backed, or grilled.

Try to aim for one serving (115g) 2 – 3 times per week.

#6 Oats

These contain beg-glucan, a soluble fibre that supercharges weight loss, keeping you satisfied for longer, helping slow carbohydrate absorption to stablise blood sugar.

Breakfast has positive implications for weight loss for many, so try oats topped with dates, cocoa powder, cinnamon, berries, walnuts, almonds or shredded coconut. 

Overnight Oats with cinnamon and blueberries are a popular option in my household.

#7 Kale

We all know that leafy green vegetables are a healthy choice – but did you know they could be good for your mood as well?

Kale, along with other emerald greens, is full of folate, which can help stave off a bad mood.

When we feel better, we tend to eat healthier foods, so try incorporating some mood-boosting foods each day to fortify your healthy eating plan.

#8 Melons

What could be more delicious than a slice of watermelon or rockmelon on a sweltering hot summer day?

Better still, eating melons can actually help you lose weight.

Their secret, their high-water content. They’re so full of H2O that they help you stay hydrated and feeling full at the same time.

Also low in energy density – the number of kilojoules per gram so a big slice won’t hurt your diet.

#9 Advocado

One reason we love to eat fat is the texture. That’s why avocado has become a popular meat substitute.

The delicious fruit contains monounsaturated fats that help buffer blood sugar spikes, which can lead to cravings and cause you to store kilojoules as fat.

Remember that moderation is key so add a few slices to your sandwich or salad for a delicious, appetite-busting solution.

#10 Pumpkin seeds

It’s well known that the bright orange flesh of a pumpkin is packed with antioxidants, but its seeds are also rich in nutrients.

Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, trigger satiety hormones and signal to your brain that you’re full, warding off hunger pangs.

Luckily, it’s easy to increase your intake of this super seed, simply sprinkle a handful on your salad, mix into your breakfast cereal or add to your mid-morning yoghurt for a tasty crunch. 

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