Summer is over! Good work at getting at summer body, but now that summer is all done and dusted, what do you do? Do you let go, returning to the daily dose of pizza or burger and ice cream? Or do you try to maintain that shape for fall and, possibly, till the next summer and the one after that, and so on? The choice is totally left to you. If you chose the latter option, however, this article is for you. Read on to find out the foods to add to your diet to induce weight loss and help maintain your shape.
Arguably one of the most resourceful fall foods, there’s a reason apple top this list! Apples (which are believed to be rich in nutrient and fiber) do not only aid in the maintenance of your blood-sugar level, warding off cravings for foods rich in calories, they also can help avert excess water weight and retention. They can be used in virtually everything be it beverages, main courses, or desserts. According to Karen Langston, a certified nutritionist and board member of The National Association of Nutritional Professionals, apples are the perfect addition to your weight-loss plan. An apple a day never hurt anyone after all.
That’s right, save some for later during Halloween! Pumpkin has been said to be one of the greatest weight-loss foods. Langston says. They are a super healthy treat full of fiber, minerals, and vitamins, and low in calories. Whether consumed fresh or canned, you are still bound to get the same benefits nutrition-wise. One way to maximize the benefits of pumpkins according to Langston is by mixing 1/4 cup of canned pumpkin with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and a few raw almonds.
Alysa Bajenaru, a registered dietitian, and certified personal trainer suggest adding a splash of vanilla to hot coffee or a cold smoothie for a sweet taste without the sugar. Vanilla has been proven to be a very good substitute for sugar, thus helping to reduce an individual’s sugar intake. It has also been revealed that an ordinary sniff of vanilla can go a long way in the reduction of an individual’s cravings for chocolates and sweets.
N.B: This doesn’t mean that vanilla flavored ice creams can help in the weight-loss process.
Watch this video on how to prepare a glass of ‘Strawberry Vanilla Smoothie.’
Another registered dietitian and celebrity nutrition expert, Lisa DeFazio says “Garlic contains the compound allicin, which has anti-bacterial effects and helps reduce unhealthy fats and cholesterol.” “It acts as a natural appetite suppressant in various ways,” DeFazio continued. The most notorious thing about garlic that wards people away, is the strong odor, which is beneficial as it stimulates the satiety center in the brain, increasing the brain’s sensitivity to leptin (a hormone that aids the regulation of appetite) while also depleting feelings of hunger. Also, it boosts the flavor of virtually any dish.
Rather than succumbing to the alluring tune of candies singing into your ears, try consuming a few dates. They are profoundly rich in items that can enhance energy levels, and also balance sodium levels such as magnesium, vitamin B6, potassium, and fiber. It is advised to make do with a few dates as dried fruit is a more “concentrated source of calories.”
Pears are reportedly rich in fiber thus aiding the regulation of one’s digestive system. At only about 100 calories per one, this sweet and juicy fruit can be consumed as a snack, with a meal, or mashed into dessert.
Tangerines have been said to have the ability to boost an individuals’ immune system and help them shed some weight. The anti-oxidant packed fruit has less than 50 calories per fruit, and can also substitute for sweet cravings to suppress one’s appetite.
Sweet corns are very good sources of zeaxanthin and lutein- two things which are highly beneficial for eye health-, protein, and dietary fiber thus creating the feeling of being full and eradicating the need to feast on other meals. A full corn is filled with a sweet, buttery flavor) and possesses just a tad less than 100 calories, making it one of the ideal foods for weight loss.