We all know that we need to eat healthier for weight loss, but do you know what food to eat? Here are the food groups you should be eating…
There is a lot of talk about eating healthier and moving more for weight loss, but when you’re starting out it is difficult to know just what should be on your plate. Most people will tell you to stick to the salads and plain ol’ fish meals, but that isn’t the only thing that you should be eating for weight loss. P.s. I’m defending salad and fish because it’s my favourite meal.
Protein is considered the go-to for fighting fat, and it’s pretty obvious when you see how many protein supplements we have at our disposal lately. Protein is tougher to breakdown than carbohydrates or fat is, which means that your body has to work extra hard to process it. This hard work means energy is being burned and that energy means your metabolic rate is being boosted!
Chicken is a great and cost effective source of lean protein. Fish is the healthy living go-to for a light meal that is packed with nutrients and taste. Getting enough protein is also essential to fuel your muscles in-between workouts that help cellular repair and recovery.
I think that I’ve dedicated so many posts to carbs that I should build a shrine. I’m teasing, but carbohydrates are your body’s primary source of fuel. The weight loss trick with carbs is to keep your blood-sugar levels stable throughout the day.
Sugary carbs are more readily converted into glucose that raises blood sugar quickly, whereas complex carbs take longer to break down. These help keep blood sugar levels stable, in turn leaving you feeling fuller for longer.
Fibre is essential for healthy digestion, which is why those fibre cereal adverts are all over the show. Fibre-rich foods help you slim down as well because they are filling and low in fat. There are two types of fibre that we can include in our diets; soluble fibre and insoluble fibre.
Insoluble fibre helps your body promote regularity, which is essential for overall body health, while soluble fibre is ideal for promoting nutrient uptake and helps lower cholesterol.
Yes, fat is good for you and if you don’t want to be fat you need to eat fat. Fat intake is vital for losing weight, without fat, you aren’t able to absorb nutrients like Vitamin D, E, K and A. It is also pretty important to give your skin that healthy glow that you’d otherwise pay thousands for at a boutique salon.
Good fat helps promote heart health as well, which is found in avocado and nuts, which is possibly the best combination of food you can snack on during the day. These bad boys have been linked to improved brain health and reduced cholesterol levels, which is perfect for the fast paced lifestyle that we find ourselves in every day.
Until next time.