Welcome to part II of ten great foods you should try to include in your diet to lose weight. These, like the others, will sound extremely familiar because they really work. They help you lose weight while battling off potential diseases that may develop otherwise. So either way it’s a win-win situation and you’ll want to strongly consider adding them to your daily intake. Next on the list are berries. If you haven’t been aware of this before, berries are rich in antioxidants. Whatever kind you want—blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and cranberries—is packed with antioxidants, flavor, and a natural sweetness that you won’t be able to resist! You can add berries to almost any meal and fill your body up with zinc and vitamin C. Why don’t you add nuts and berries to your salad? It’s a great way to add more than one of these great foods in one place and you’ll be sure to love the taste.
Swimming on to fish. While coldwater fish are typically high in omega-3s, really any kind of fish is good for you, as you know already. Try to fit in two to three servings of fish per week if you can. Fish is great for brain and neuron function. Oh, and it’s probably best not to fry it. You’ll want to steam or grill your fish to reap the most benefits. Whole grains, like many other foods on this list, allows your body to burn energy slowly, which in turn maintains your blood sugar content at a healthy level so that fewer amounts of your food will end up stored as fats. Whole grains are high in fiber and protein. This ensures that your LDL or “bad” cholesterol is transported out of your blood. Oatmeal and brown rice are the main whole grains you can try, but there’s also the option of bulgur wheat and quinoa. Mix it in with your legumes, stir-fry veggies, and you can get an entire meal in foods to help you lose weight.
Adding some low-fat dairy to the mix is more than great. Calcium has shown to burn fat. Get some low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, and other low-fat dairy products you like and try to fit in three servings a day. The food guide pyramid is a good place to consult servings. Finally, add soups to your diet if you haven’t already. Watch your sodium intake as you make your own favorite soup. Use broth as a base and then you can add your favorite vegetables, beans, lentils, you name it! Because of the high water content, you can feel full without consuming high calories. Soups are especially soothing during winter or any other really cold day. Mmm, mmm good!