Here are ten great foods you will want to try to help you lose weight: grapefruit, nuts, leafy greens, orange vegetables, legumes, berries, fish, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and soups. Yes, many of these you have heard before, especially the grapefruit diet most of all. But they will be mentioned again because they work. If you have been avoiding any of these foods, now is the time to seriously consider trying mama’s good ol’ recipes. There’s no easy way around it. There’s no short cut. These are simply some of the best foods to try if you want your body to stay in shape.
The beneficial chemicals found in grapefruit will reduce insulin levels for you, making it easier for your body to convert your food into energy. This reduces the chance that any unused amount will be stored as fat. Sounds good, right? You betcha! Grapefruit pulp provides the fiber your body needs. As you know, fiber helps things move along in the intestines and with so much juice, your body’s metabolism is well-maintained. The fruit is also high in potassium and vitamin C as well. More good news! Providing your heart with the antioxidants it needs, grapefruit is sure to be one way to save the day.
You already know about the benefits of nuts, but consider the almond. The almond is not only known for its rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, but all your essential vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber as well. For the meat lover, leafy greens can be a nightmare. But it’s important to include these guys in your daily diet. Everything from broccoli, spinach, kale, to collard and mustard greens can count towards your rich source of iron and calcium. Green, leafy veggies bring you the absolute best antioxidants that you can get naturally. The best part is they are low in calories, so feel free to stuff yourself until you feel full! Orange vegetables go well with them—carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, and pumpkin. These are not only good for your eyes, but are also high in fiber, vitamin A, carotenoids, and potassium. Carotenoids help maintain your blood sugar levels, like grapefruit does if you recall, and this helps you lose weight. And to top off the first half of the list, legumes are great for fiber and protein as well. Eat your beans, soybeans, peas and lentils because not only will they help you lose weight, but you reduce your chances of diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. Ready for part II?