Who doesn’t like to be have that perfect body? But then, weight loss can be a tedious task. No matter which diet you follow, they say the key is to be consistent and follow it religiously. In fact, 99% of diet fails because we give up after a certain period.
The worst is when we use our willpower instead of science to control our appetite. If you starve yourself, then you are much likely to fail very soon. Instead, you must be opt for a healthy lifestyle instead, combining some exercise as well as keeping a check on what you are eating.
Here are five health foods that help you manage weight and maintain it
Say no to sugar and yes to stevia! Having said that, eliminating carbohydrates and sugar can help you manage weight. Also known as ‘Meethi Tulsi’, Stevia is 100 % zero-calorie natural sugar substitute. Obtained from natural herbs, it does not contain Aspartame and has absolutely no side effects with very little or no after taste unlike other extracts. Stevia is also beneficial for diabetics and the weight conscious. Replace sugar with Stevia in your desserts, smoothies, tea, cereals, etc and enjoy sweetness without any guilt.
Rich in fibre and protein, Muesli aid in weight management. It has zero cholesterol, making it good for your heart too. High fibre, low fat and with no cholesterol, muesli is definitely the healthy breakfast option for the health conscious. Now, kick-start your day with a bowl of muesli that keeps you feeling full for long and curb the untimely hunger pangs. Combined with skimmed milk and fresh fruits, it serves as a low fat yet nutrition rich meal.
Oats are the perfect balance of health and taste! Known to be rich in dietary fibre and protein, oats keep you feeling fuller for longer, thereby, helping you manage weight. Besides, they are known to be good for the health of your heart too.
Rich in anti-oxidants, particularly epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, Green Tea provides numerous health benefits. Its fat burning properties can help in weight loss and lower the risk of obesity. It also helps regulate blood sugar level and fight stress & fatigue. So when you pair green tea with appropriate diet and exercise, green tea can help you lose weight fast.
Spirulina is one of the richest natural sources of protein and a complete food for the body. It has essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Truly a superfood, it increases hemoglobin level and helps maintain a healthy cholesterol and blood pressure level, making it good for the heart. Spirulina is known to improve overall health and aiding in maintaining optimum weight.
The author is founder and director at Gaia