Top 5 weight loss foods

June 30 2015

Training to lose weight? Eat more of these foods and you will lose weight even faster according to nutritionist Gabrielle Maston

blueberriesBlueberries

Blueberries are a low-sugar fruit high in antioxidants called polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory properties that help lower whole body inflammation caused by extra fat mass.

Due to their low sugar content but sweet taste, blueberries can help curb the sugar cravings most of us experience in the mid-afternoon. They're also an excellent source of manganese, which has an important role in fat, carbohydrate and protein breakdown for energy use. Include plenty of blueberries in your protein shake, as a snack or with your breakfast.

lentilsLentils

This vegetarian protein alternative doesn't contain fat and is high in fibre and resistant starch. Resistant starch is food for the friendly bacteria in our gut, otherwise known as prebiotics.

We now know that gut bacteria play a huge role in determining our body composition and appetite. The high protein and low, slow-release carbohydrate content of lentils will also keep you feeling full for hours, preventing you from overeating. Include lentils in your salads, stews or casseroles to give dishes a meaty taste with a high-fibre punch.

salmonSalmon

Oily fish like salmon and tuna contain high levels of omega-3, a fatty acid which allows the body to metabolise fat faster. Studies have shown that when diets contain high levels of omega-3, people tend to be leaner and have fewer chronic health conditions.

Salmon in particular is great because of its combination of good fats and high protein content, which contributes to feeling satisfied and full and helps decrease muscle inflammation post training. It’s ideal to include as a part of your post training meals.

green-teaChilled Green Tea

Fill up your water bottle with chilled green tea for a metabolism rev up. Green tea contains small amounts of caffeine — around 24-40mg — a well-known stimulant that can assist the body to metabolise fat more efficiently.

Green tea is also packed with antioxidants such as polyphenols, catechins and epigallocatechin gallate. These are thought to boost metabolic rates by increasing thermogenesis, a process in which the body burns extra energy. Green tea is also considered a natural appetite suppressant, which may help you to say “no” to seconds.

green-applesGreen Apples

The peel of a green apple contains a phytochemical known as ursolic acid that's been shown to have promising fat burning properties as well as possibly helping increase muscle mass.

An apple pre-training is a great high-fibre carbohydrate snack that will give you the energy to get through your weight loss training program. Studies have shown that training with a small amount of carbohydrate in the system will help you perform at a 15% higher capacity than on an empty stomach! Looks like an apple a day may help you sculpt that body you crave!