What Should I Put In My Shopping Cart? Part 1

Sep 16, 2013 10:44:12 AM

best foods for weight loss

Losing weight isn’t easy, however with the help of Phen Caps and proper diet, it becomes much more accomplishable. Furthermore, it can be downright confusing to know what foods to eat… and why. You may have read countless articles about what to eat, but once you’re faced with a supermarket full of food, it can be difficult to remember exactly what you should be buying

Here we have part one of a two-part guide to help devise the ideal shopping list of weight loss foods, so you know what to put in your shopping cart as you make your way around the aisles. On entering the supermarket you’ll be face with an array of fresh fruit and vegetables, which is your cue to add a colorful variety of fresh produce to your cart and your diet. While most fruit and vegetables are low calorie and good for you, there are some which give you more for your money in terms of weight loss assistance and health benefits.

Fruit

Bananas

Bananas are great for eating on the go and provide great slow-release energy, meaning they will keep you feeling fuller for longer, plus they also have lots of fiber and are a good source of potassium and zinc. The best ones to choose are slightly green ones, as they will boost your metabolism with their 12.5 grams of resistant starch, more than twice the amount found in a ripe banana.

Apples

Also great as an on-the-go snack, apples are a great source of fiber (as long as you eat the skin), which may be one of the reasons why one study found that those who ate an apple before a pasta meal ate fewer calories than those who had eaten a different snack. Plus, the antioxidants in apples may help prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by excess belly fat.

Pears

If you feel like a change from your daily apple, just one pear packs 15% of your daily recommended amount of fiber, but again you have to eat the skin to get the real benefits. One study found that women who ate three pears each day consumed fewer calories and lost more weight than those who didn’t.

Melon

Melons contain twice the potassium of bananas, plus their high water content means that they are filling but very low calorie. Cantaloupe melons in particular have twice the recommended daily amount of vitamin C and aid the removal of excess fluid, reducing bloating and water weight.

Berries

Berries offer a very powerful antioxidant hit for their size, plus they are high in fiber, delicious and low calorie. Blueberries in particular are a powerful figure-friendly eat, as they contain just 80 calories per cup, but will fill you up with 4 grams of fiber.

Pineapple

Pineapple helps settle your stomach, aiding digestion and reducing bloating. Its natural sweetness also wards off sugar cravings.

best foods for weight loss

Avocado

Avocados contain a compound called “oleic acid” within its healthy monounsaturated fats (MUFAs), which may trigger your body to actually stop feelings of hunger. Eating a quarter or a half at a time is a great way to benefit from these effects, as well as the fiber and protein contained in this creamy fruit.

Cherries

Cherries are packed with antioxidants, plus they are a good source of protein and fiber. However, what is most interesting about cherries is that they are the only natural source of melatonin, a hormone that regulates the body's internal clock and sleep-wake cycles. Getting enough sleep is a vital part of your weight loss journey, as it means you will not suffer energy crashes which lead to low motivation and blood sugar imbalances. Plus, a lack of sleep leads to stress and a cortisol imbalance, which results in your body holding onto fat rather than burning it.

Grapefruit

A compound found in grapefruits can lower insulin levels, therefore stabilizing blood sugar levels and leading to weight loss. This tangy fruit is also a good source of protein, and as it is at least 90% water it fills you up and leads to a lower consumption of food.

Oranges

Although an orange averages at just 59 calories, thanks to a good dose of fiber, it ranks highest on a list of the most filling fruits as established by Australian researchers. This high satiety effect means you will feel full for longer after snacking on an orange during the afternoon.

Goji Berries

These tangy dried fruits will usually be found near the fresh fruit section if your supermarket stocks them. They are very low calorie, at just 23 calories in a tablespoon, yet they are the most nutritionally dense food on earth, with a wealth of vitamins and minerals. They also contain 18 amino acids which are a source of protein, meaning that they have an even greater hunger-curbing edge over other fruit.

 

Vegetables

Tomatoes

Not only is this popular salad ingredient delicious and full of antioxidants, tomatoes help prevent water retention and reverse sensitivity to lepton, which is an essential protein that our bodies rely on to lose weight.

Broccoli

Full of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants, and at only 30 calories per serving, this vegetable can help fill you up and prevent hunger pangs. Add it to stews, stir-fries and pasta dishes for an extra-filling dish.

Leafy Greens

Kale, spinach and romaine lettuce are low calorie, high in fiber, rich in iron and calcium, and they ease water retention, thereby reducing bloating. Their dark color indicates a higher level of vitamins and minerals, making them much better in a salad than iceberg lettuce, for example, where its pale color indicates fewer nutrients.

Garlic

In addition to antioxidants that battle toxins in the body, garlic contains phytochemicals which break down cholesterol and fatty deposits in the body, helping your body metabolize carbohydrates and fats more efficiently while also stopping the body from creating more fat.

Chilies

These contain heating properties which boost metabolism, plus they are rich in beta carotene, giving you healthy skin, hair and nails, and just one chili has twice your GDA of vitamin C.

Cucumber

This vegetable has a high water content, filling you up for less calories, easing water retention and reducing bloating.

Peppers

This vegetable gives your metabolism a kick while soothing digestion, they are rich in vitamin C, and their naturally sweet flavor helps fend off sugar cravings.

Asparagus

Although asparagus is known for being an expensive vegetable, it is worth the money for all its benefits. Not only is it high in vitamin A, C and E, it contains vitamin B-complex, essential for giving energy and boosting your metabolism. It is also high in zinc and potassium and helps reduce water retention.

Potatoes

Yes, potatoes are high in carbs, but they top all the foods on the satiety index, meaning they are the most satisfying food in terms of filling you up. Potatoes are also high in resistant starch, which boosts your metabolism and helps you burn fat, and if you eat them baked with the skin you also get a great fiber hit.

…And there you have it! This is a great list to get you started with choosing the right vegetables and fruit for your healthy diet. Use this guide to ramp up your weight loss progress, and don’t forget about taking your Phen Caps twice daily! This will make a huge difference in your appetite and energy levels, whether you are currently taking phentermine, are finishing your prescription or want to use them on their own.

 

Truth be told, losing weight is never easy – But with the proper knowledge and boost from a great product, it can happen that much faster! Come back to the blog and say ‘Hi’ on Wednesday for part two, and leave us a comment, below!

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