Weight loss can be difficult, and sticking to rigid diet plan requires intense willpower and determination. However, by slowly integrating healthier foods into your daily routine, you can shed extra pounds with less effort. Couple these four foods with your current diet and exercise plan, and they are sure to help satiate hunger, boost the metabolism, and make your weight loss goals easier.
MCT Oil- This is a medium-chain triglyceride oil, formed through the processing of coconut and palm kernel oils. MCts are a form of saturated fat, but don’t let that deter you. Saturated fat can be incredibly healthy when consumed in moderation. This oil will help to shed body fat, flatten the stomach, eliminate bloating, and boost the metabolism. According to the Coconut Research Center, MCT oil can help prevent and even fight Alzheimer’s. It can be taken it in capsule or liquid form. The oil is light and flavorless, making it a great addition to salads or smoothies.
Chia Seeds- Chia seeds absorb up to 12 times their weight in water, thus filling you up more quickly with less calories. Add a tablespoon to your morning smoothie, or sprinkle some on your salad. If adding them to a smoothie, soak them the night before in whatever liquid you use in your smoothies. This way they will have already absorbed all the liquid they can, and won’t alter the consistency of your smoothie.
Apples- Apples contain pectin which is a soluble fiber. It works as natural appetite suppressant by stabilizing blood sugar and keeping you fuller for longer. Eating an apple as a mid-morning snack will help you eat less at lunch time, without even trying. Eat another apple midafternoon for even greater weight loss effects.
Goji Berries- Goji berries are a delicious red berry native to Asia and Southeastern Europe. They have a low glycemic index and are high in fiber, helping to keep you full while keeping your blood sugar levels in check. They are packed with protein, minerals, and best of all, flavor. Add a handful to your oatmeal or granola in the morning to help fill you up and increase your energy.
Coconut Research Center: Conquering Alzheimer’s with Coconut Ketones: By Bruce Fife http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/Conquering%20Alzheimers%20with%20Coconut%20Ketones.htm
The New York Times: 30 Years After Chia Pets, Seeds Hit Food Aisles: Stephanie Storm http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/24/business/chia-seeds-gain-popularity-for-nutritional-benefits.html?_r=0
Livestrong: Pectin and Weight Loss: By Jay Schwartz: http://www.livestrong.com/article/314710-pectin-weight-loss/
3 Fat Chicks: 4 Weight Loss Benefits of Goji Berries: http://www.3fatchicks.com/4-weight-loss-benefits-of-goji-berries/