There are a lot of myths about superfoods and weight loss from whether they offer any benefit at all through to what they are.
Quite simply, superfoods are foods which have quite high levels phytonutrient content compared to other foods. This means that they are generally considered to be better for you because they better meet the needs of your body to either promote better general health or fill another need such as improving your immune system.
Because they contain more concentrated nutrients than regular foods, it is thought that superfoods can help with weight loss plans because they reduce the need for as much food. In fact, more intelligent choices of food can actually help to boost your metabolic rates and help you burn more calories. Here’s our list of the top 5 superfoods for weight loss:
Eating a good bowl of fibre rich oats each morning will help to keep you feeling full, as well as boosting your metabolism throughout the day.
Black Beans are absolutely packed with protein, and have no saturated fat like meat, so they’re a great choice for building new muscle without building fat.
Salmon is leaner than red meat, and has more Mono Unsaturated Fats (MUFA). A study in 2001 found that followers of a MUFA rich diet lost more weight than people on a dedicated low fat diet.
Speaking of MUFAs, don’t forget avocados. Delicious and packed with protein and fibre, its a satisfying addition to a lunchtime salad.
Rice in general is heavy and filling, which means it keeps you satisfied throughout the day. Swap out your white rice for brown rice which has more fibre and helps to boost your metabolic rate.
Blueberries are the super food that most people have heard of. They’re packed with fibre, have relatively low calorie content, and are also known for their anti-aging effects.
Grapefruit contains a compound that helps to lower insulin levels which can reduce the amount of fat you store. Grapefruits are also high in water, vitamins, and protein. Eating half a grapefruit before each meal could help you lose a pound each week!
Broccoli is a real love it or hate it vegetable, but that’s normally because most people overcook it and turn it into a mush of green floppiness. Keep it almost raw so it’s crunchy, and you’ll also protect the nutrients and anti-oxidants. Broccoli is just 30 calories per serving, and very filling which will help you lose weight.
High in protein, and filled with vitamins, eggs are a great way to start the day, and their levels of cholesterol are much lower than you might think. They’re filling so they keep you going in the morning due to their protein levels.
Don’t peel your pears! Leave the skin on and you can get almost a sixth of your daily fibre needs in every pear meaning that they’ll fill you up more than apples and keep you feeling good.
Low fat milk contains plenty of protein to help muscle repair and in one medical study, women burned more calories when they took 1-1.4g of calcium a day.
We’re all tempted by snacks – usually ones with a high carb content or too much fat. Almonds have been shown to help with weight loss as part of a low calorie diet because they help you feel full and satisfy your apetite.
Green tea is known for its high levels of antioxidants which increase your rate of fat burning. Replacing your cups of coffee with green tea could help you lose lose weight while also boosting your immune levels and reducing stress.
Eat your bananas slightly green, and they contain up to 12.5 grams of resistant starch to boost your metabolism and keep you feeling full. When the bananas ripen, the volume of resistant starch falls somewhat, but they remain a great superfood for weight loss.