If you’ve hit a weight loss plateau, it’s time to swap in some foods that will help jump-start your slim down. Contrary to popular opinion, slashing as many calories from your diet as possible is not the optimal way to lose weight. Instead, you should be loading your diet with whole, healthy foods that fill you up, boost your energy and keep your weight-loss goals in check. Read on for low-calorie foods that you can eat to help you shed pounds:
Citrus fruits not only taste great, but are also low in calories and have been featured in countless diet books and programs. The Grapefruit especially has been thought to contain fewer calories than it takes to eat it, meaning that you’re actually losing weight by consuming it.
These aren’t the easiest veggies to increase your intake of, but if you look for recipes that contain them they’ll usually include them with other ingredients that make them taste better than eating them straight.
3. Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are often mentioned as a food that can help you burn calories, but at the same time it takes its toll on the liver. You should drink 3 extra cups of water for every cup of coffee or tea you have in order to help your liver flush out the caffeine and stay hydrated.
4. Brussels Sprouts
The B Vitamins that are contained in foods like Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower, and others has a healthy effect on your metabolism and can really start to turn things around if you previously didn’t give much care or attention to your weight.
Maybe you heard the debates going on about exotic fruits like the acai berry, or noni fruit. But you don’t have to get exotic in order to find fruits that will serve as a boost to your metabolism. Just turn to the humble blueberry at your local supermarket.
Mushrooms are a great food to add to a weight loss diet. On average, a one cup serving contains 30 calories which means that even on a low-calorie diet (on average 1400 calories a day), they would still only contribute to 2 percent of total calories!
Cauliflower puts up some respectable numbers in the B Vitamin department, which leads to a more productive metabolism. A faster-working metabolism directly leads to burning up more calories, even when you’re asleep.
There is something to be said for eating celery if you want to turn over a new leaf and get your metabolism going. It’s thought of as a thermogenic food, and also has high levels of calcium to boot.
Some claim that tomatoes are a negative calorie food, requiring more calories to chew and digest it than it contains. While this may or may not be the case, it’s clear that its caloric load is low, while it nutrient load is high.
Cucumbers play nicely into your metabolism-boosting strategy. They’re packed with water, so they help to hydrate your body, plus they have plenty of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber, all with very low caloric levels.