Here are some of the most effective and healthy foods that not only help you to lose weight but also give you the necessary nutrients that are required by your body. I hope you enjoy the list, but some of it would not suit you if you are a hard core vegan.
This probably the most recommended weight loss and fitness meal. A serving size of about 4oz consists of about 120 calories, 2.5 g of fat and a whopping 22 g of protein. Chicken breasts also contain essential nutrients like vitamin E, B6 and B12. The best part of chicken breast is that it is relatively easier to cook and there a different methods and recipes that you can find to cook. According to a study the body will burn a lot more calories while digesting proteins than it will for digesting carbohydrates and fat. No other lean protein has a better reputation that chicken breast and it’s always been on the top of the list of most weight loss gurus. Many physicians also recommend chicken breast over red meat or pork which typically contains more saturated fats.
Salmon is a good alternative to chicken breast when you begin to get bored with it as a regular diet. Salmon however contains more calories and fat as compared to chicken breast. 4oz contains about 207 calories, 12.3 g of fat and 22.5 g of proteins. Salmon is quite easy to cook and it can be fried as well as it can be grilled in an oven. Fish is also a recommended meal in most weight loss diets and is considered as a good source of omega-3, essential vitamins and minerals which help build your body’s resistance to diseases.
Broccoli is one vegetable that is a powerhouse for nutrients. It not only one of the most recommended as being a part of weight loss meals but it is known to benefit digestion, the immune system and the cardiovascular system and is also said to have cancers preventing properties. It is a fibre rich vegetable that has Vitamin A, Vitamin C, B6 and potassium and also a good amount of proteins. The best way to cook broccoli is to steam it rather than boiling it as this will retain most of its nutritional value. When broccoli is over cooked it becomes soft and mushy and loses both its nutrients and flavour.
Eggs are another popular food liked by fitness experts for both fat loss and muscle gain.Eggs also offer you the option of cooking it in different variations which means they can be eaten poached, scrambled, fried or hard boiled. You can also add some vegetables or meats to add some flavour. A lot of fitness expert however debate on whether the yolks of the eggs should be used or not, but it still offers sufficient nutrients to make up a healthy meal. Eggs are considered as a good source of protein because they contain all the 8 amino acids that we must obtain from our diets.
Tuna is another low calorie high protein food most body builder and models include in their diet. Tuna does not have much fat in it and is loaded with vitamins and minerals. There have been some chatter about the high mercury content in tuna which can be harmful for health, but these reports were based on people who consume fish every day, if eaten in moderation, you can benefit from the nutrients of tuna. Tuna is also a good source of omega-3 and helps to reduce obesity. Tuna’s delicious taste and availability makes it a good replacement for lean meat as a source of protein.
Please consult your doctor before you undertake any diet or fitness program