Ten Foods That Fuel Weight Loss
If you’re trying to lose weight, you might appreciate a boost in metabolism or some support in burning more fat. Some weight loss medications or supplements claim to do these things, but they may come with safety concerns.
Luckily, it’s possible to support weight loss without any medications or supplements. Simply making different food choices can increase metabolism so you burn more calories, reduce hunger so you eat less, or burn more fat. Here is a list of 10 foods that can fuel weight loss, and some examples of products you can choose at The BariatricPal Store.
Eggs are carbohydrate-free and a source of more than 20 essential nutrients, including iron and vitamin D, but there’s more. They also have choline, which supports fat burning by interfering with the storage of belly fat in your body. Eggs also have high-quality protein, which can decrease hunger for longer after a meal. People who eat eggs for breakfast may end up eating less overall during the day than people who eat a high-carb breakfast such as one with bagels.
OvaEasy Egg White Protein comes in Vanilla Creme Brulee and Unflavored varieties, so you can add protein powder to shakes or anything else. If you’re looking for an instant, low-carb, and great-tasting breakfast choice, try OvaEasy Egg in a Cup or BariatricPal Protein Omelets. They’re delicious and come in great flavors.
Salmon is high in protein and naturally free from carbohydrates, but its real claim to fame is its high content of EPA and DHA, which are heart-healthy omega-3 fats. These healthy fats may help reduce inflammation and decrease levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone that leads to fat storage.
Williwaw Salmon Skin Cracklets come in Pesto, Salsa, Smokey, and Sea Salt flavors, as well as a variety pack. Epic Snack Strips come in Smoked Salmon Maple Filet flavor. If you simply cannot stand eating salmon, tuna, or other fatty fish, you can get your omega-3 fats from Omega-3 Capsules or an Omega-3 Vitamin Patch.
Coffee can wake you up, give you energy, and help you focus. It can welcome you to the day. Oh, and it can help you lose weight, too! Caffeine speeds metabolism, which you can feel when your heart rate increases after you drink it. Caffeine also promotes fat burning. Just make sure you keep it to safe levels, which can be a max of about 400 mg per day if your doctor agrees, and that you drink coffee early enough in the day to prevent it from interfering with sleep.
Alex’s Acid Free Coffee comes in Whole Bean and Ground versions, and is guaranteed fresh. It’s low in acid, making it more appealing if you have acid reflux. To keep the calories down, consider having it with Stevia or a Sugar-Free Syrup instead of sugar or a sugar-sweetened syrup.
Beans are some of the healthiest foods on the planet, but most Americans could eat more to get full benefits. Beans are high in protein and in dietary fiber, which can help with weight loss because it helps fill you up and it reduces wild swings in blood sugar.
Chili and burritos on Protein Tortilla Wraps are good ways to incorporate beans into your diet. If you’re not much of a fan of straight beans, you can try them as snacks, such as Enlightened Roasted Broad Bean Crisps or Lupini Bean Snacks. They’re both high in fiber and protein, especially compared to snacks such as potato chips. Or, give Protein Pasta made with Black Beans a try!
Sometimes, the tastiest foods are the healthiest. Isn’t that nice? Peanut butter is cholesterol-free, and a source of fiber, plant-based protein, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. It can help increase satiety, too. Nuts are also good choices.
Nuts ‘n’ More Peanut Butter comes in all kinds of amazing flavors that taste sweet but don’t have added sugar. Toffee Peanut Butter Crunch, Birthday Cake, and Salted Caramel are some examples. You can also try Protein Bars with peanut butter or almonds in them.
Avocados are packed with antioxidants, heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, and protein. You can slice them and serve them on Protein Soup, put them into shakes or smoothies with Protein Powder, or make guacamole for dipping Protein Chips.
Berries are lower in sugar and higher in fiber than some other fruits. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are all good choices for dessert or a snack. You can add them to smoothies with tofu or your favorite flavor of Protein Powder. Or, you can dip them into melted Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate, which is also a fat-burning food.
Green tea is another beverage that can boost metabolism. It can also reduce appetite. Green tea has caffeine as well as EGCG, which is an antioxidant that supports fat burning as well, according to some studies.
The BariatricPal Store has Green Tea in convenient bags that you can use for steeping. It comes in Decaf and Regular versions.
Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a weight loss aid because of a popular belief that it reduces appetite. When your appetite is down, it’s easier to eat less and lose more weight. Another effect of vinegar is to reduce blood sugar spikes after a meal if you have diabetes.
If you’re not crazy about taking straight apple cider vinegar, you might want to try it in a delicious drink instead. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Singe Sips by the Republic of Tea in Cranberry Hibiscus is sugar-free and sweetened with monk fruit, and it has organic apple cider vinegar in it. You can just stir a convenient stick pack into water and drink it.
Did you know that water is actually an essential nutrient? It’s also great for weight loss. It’s a calorie-free choice for filling up so you eat less. It also helps prevent fatigue due to dehydration, so you can have more energy to be active and lose more weight.
Plain water is a great choice for hydration, and you can burn a few more calories by adding ice to it. If you’re not a fan, there are other ways to get your water. For example, Millie’s Sipping Broth is a low-sodium alternative to bouillon, and it comes in great-tasting flavors.
Choosing the right foods will help your weight efforts go further. Superfoods that are rich in nutrients can also make you healthier as well as be delicious. You can enjoy your journey to weight loss and health!