Obesity in the United States of America is at such high levels that it has been declared an epidemic. With this in mind, it is easy to see why so many people are determined, even desperate, to lose weight.
For some, it is simply a matter of changing dietary patterns. For others, there is much harder work and exercise involved in meeting those weight loss goals.
If there is one pitfall that many people fall into, especially when it comes to making necessary dietary changes, it is overcoming the belief that one’s weight loss goals are insurmountable.
This is a belief that is only true if you let it stay in your mind for too long. Anybody can lose the weight they need to lose so long as they understand the changes they need to make and commit to them.
There are ways to get the weight loss process jump started. As previously mentioned, dietary changes are often needed in order to make the weight loss happen.
If you want to jump-start your metabolism then, you will undoubtedly love the effect that super foods have on your body. Here are the top super foods that you can use to get your weight loss regime up and running.
Protein is an absolute must for any diet. However, there is a misconception among people who are starting out in their weight loss journey that protein needs to come from meat. The truth of the matter is that black beans are an incredible source for protein. In fact, one single cup of black beans can pack up to 15 milligrams of protein.
If there is one thing that can be a serious plague the weight loss process, it will be not feeling full. When you do not feel full, you are more likely to eat more in order to satisfy that feeling. The sad truth is that more often than not you are full. Oatmeal is a fantastic food that help you feel full throughout the day thanks to its high fiber content.
If you just insist on utilizing meat in order to up your protein intake then salmon is a fantastic source to turn to. Not only is salmon a much leaner meat, it is full of MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids) a very healthy type of fat. People with a MUFA heavy diet tend to lose weight faster than those who go on a low-fat diet.
You may be thinking to yourself that avocados can’t possibly help you lose weight because of their fat content. However, you would be very wrong in that assumption. Avocados also contain a high amount of MUFAs, which can quiet down that constant feeling of hunger. As if that were not enough, avocados are rich in protein, so you are killing two dietary birds with one stone.
Eating rice of any kind can be a big boost, but brown rice in particular can help you burn fat, thanks to the presence of resistance starch, a carb that boosts the metabolism. On top of that, it is relatively low in calories.
If you want to lose close to a pound a week, then your best bet may be to eat a grapefruit before each meal. Grapefruit can help you to lower insulin. Insulin is a fat storage hormone, so lowering it can help you burn more fat. In addition to that, 90% of the grapefruit is water, so you gain the advantage of staying hydrated as well as fill you up faster.
Green tea may seem like the poster child for healthy eating and living, but that is only because of one simple fact: it works. Not only does green tea hydrate you the same way water does, it is absolutely packed with fat and calorie burning antioxidants. Studies have even found that five cups a day can help you double your weight loss results.
There is one crucial thing you need to keep in mind when incorporating super foods into your diet: they will not get you to your weight loss goals. If you have bad eating habits to being with then adding super foods on top will not be very effective at negating the bad qualities of those habits. Super foods are merely another tool in the weight loser’s arsenal.
If you want to make a serious dent in losing weight, then you need to pair up the super foods with a commitment to exercising. You need to ensure that you are focused on fine-tuning your body and burning calories. It will ensure that you lose weight faster and with greater ease. And as a bonus, it will make you feel much better, not only physically but about yourself.