In an ideal world, a single dietary supplement could give you all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and weight loss ingredients your body would need in order to function perfectly while shedding the excess fat without the exercise.
Welcome to reality.
Ordinary diet pills and “quick-fix” solutions rarely give you the results you’re looking for, let alone the necessary nutrition to stay healthy while you cut back on calories (with the rare exception). Fortunately, Mother Nature has provided us with the next-best thing: Superfoods.
Superfoods, or Super Foods, provide multi-health benefits from heart-healthy antioxidants to cholesterol-lowering fiber that can improve your digestion. Low in calories but high in nutritional value, Superfoods can help you feel full while making it easier to lose weight.
The following Top 10 Superfoods can help you satisfy the recommendations of the U.S. government’s 2005 Dietary guideline, and when eaten regularly, can help you keep in tip-top shape.
Alice Lichtenstein, researcher at Tufts University states, “What is ultimately the most important to good health is a dietary pattern that includes all these foods, along with a wide variety of other nutritious foods and regular physical activity.”
So what are these Top 10 Superfoods? Keep reading to find out!
Fermented milk may sound a gross way to lose weight, but surprisingly, this protein-packed Superfood has all same tangy taste and creamy texture of yogurt but with less sugar and more probiotics to improve digestion and protect against colon cancer.
Acai may look like your ordinary blueberry, but this South American fruit is packed with antioxidants that can reduce stress on cells and support a healthy metabolism. Although not an ingredient for weight loss, Acai may be able to defend the body against life’s stressors.
3. African Mango
African Mango, unlike ordinary mango, is known primarily for its fiber rich seed that can trick the brain into feeling fuller for longer periods of time. Studies have shown that dieters who added African Mango to their weight loss regimen lost more inches around their waistline than the control group.
Unfortunately, African Mango is not available fresh in the stores. (+ Info).
In a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, overweight individuals participated in an 8 week study where they were given the option of eating a 340 calorie breakfast of 2 eggs or 1 bagel for 5 days a week. The results? Those who ate eggs lost 65% more weight than their bagel eating partners.
Worried about raising dietary cholesterol by eating the yolk? That’s just a myth! The same study revealed that consuming eggs did not have any effect on cholesterol or triglyceride levels.
Jicama , or the Mexican Yam, is a slightly sweet and crunchy vegetable that is rich in vitamin c (which can promote healthy skin) as well as a unique fiber known as inulin. Inulin acts as a prebiotic that can promote good bacteria in the digestive tract.
Avocados contain healthy fats that can help lower cholesterol and boost brain power. Recent research has revealed that the oils found in Avocados can even improve your skin’s tone and texture.
A single tablespoon of these tasty seeds pack as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal. Chia can be sprinkled on top of salads or mixed in with soups to improve your digestive system and eliminate excess waste.
Apples pack as a much as 3 g of fiber per serving, as well as antioxidants and flavonoids to fight off free radicals. Most of the fat-fighting fiber, however, is found in the peel, so be sure to eat the whole apple.
9. Green Tea
Green Tea contains a plant compound known as ECGC which can promote fat burning and decrease body weight by as much as 4.6%, according to one 12 week study. Additionally, the caffeine found inside Green Tea can give you an extra boost in energy to make it through the day.
10. Dark Chocolate
It may be hard to believe, but a study conducted in Denmark found that dark chocolate can improve heart health, lower blood pressure, and even reduce the risk of blood clots by lowering cholesterol levels.
Eat to Lose Weight
Of course, this list of Top 10 Superfoods is far from complete, but they can certainly get you started on the right track. By focusing on adding good foods to your diet, rather than simply depriving yourself of calories, you can make healthy lifelong changes that will help you lose weight and keep it off for good.