In our quest to lose weight we are always on the lookout for the foods and diets that will help us reach our goals quicker.
Because of this the term ‘Superfood’ started to be assigned to certain foods that are perceived to be good for us.
But what exactly is a Super food? In short it is simply food that contains more nutrients than other forms of food and does not contain anything that is bad for our bodies.
Below we have hand-picked 10 superfoods that you should look to add to your diet in your quest for weight loss.
Apples are a great source or antioxidants and phytonutrients that help to fight the free radicals in our bodies.
They are also high in vitamins and dietary fibre which is great for helping you to feel full for longer.
Bananas may be a superfood but they are certainly not a secret food.
The list of advantages for eating bananas is long but when you are trying to lose weight they are a healthy snack to dig into mid-morning when you need something to tide you over between breakfast and lunch and are a great source of energy that is not high in sugar.
Blueberries became a huge staple for many dieters over the past couple of years due to fact they are great for suppressing your appetite.
They are packed full of antioxidants and have a perfect combination of fibre and water which is what causes them to suppress your hunger.
Avocados became the Instagram bloggers favourite a few years ago and that fad has not disappeared.
They are the perfect food to suppress hunger! Meaning you eat less during the day and in turn boost your weight loss efforts.
The best way to implement them into your diet is to include half and avocado in your lunch.
Studies have shown that adding half an avocado to your lunch can make you feel fuller for up to five hours after eating. This will help you blast through your mid-afternoon slump and keep you away from the vending machine.
Beans are a great source of protein which is something you need to be increasing in your diet if you are looking to lose weight.
Black beans are a delicious way to increase your protein intake as well as your fibre intake. They are a great addition to your lunch as the complex carbs will provide a slow release of energy throughout the day.
As with the Black Beans above, Lentils are also a great source of protein.
A single cup of lentils contains around 18g of protein for only 200 calories!!
If you are looking to reduce calories but not feel hungry all the time then lentils are going to become your new best friend. They can easily be added to salads to provide your protein boost.
As with lentils, Kale is a great low calorie high nutrient food that can help with your calorie-cutting diets but still provide you with enough nutrients and vitamins to stop you feeling hungry during the day.
Along with Avocados, Kale is another of the Instagam bloggers favourite diet foods right now!
If you are like me then you like to have little snacks to tide you over between meals.
Rather than chocolate bars and crisps which seem to be many people’s go-to snacks, try a handful of Almonds instead.
Almonds are great for providing a boost of omega-3, fibre and protein as well as curbing your urge to overeat.
Something of the new kid on the block when it comes to superfoods, Chia Seeds are certainly gaining popularity amongst people trying to lose weight.
When consumed Chia Seeds expand in your stomach making you feel fuller than normal and they also digest really slowly leading to a slow release of energy rather than a quick spike.
Trying adding chia seeds to your salads and smoothies in the future to see if they help suppress your appetite.
Oats are the perfect breakfast superfood.
Oats provide a slow release of energy through-out the day and studies have shown that people who eat oats for breakfast are less likely to overeat during the day and snack less often… Perfect for people looking to lose weight.
We hope you find exciting ways to add these ten superfoods to your diets in the future and see the ‘super’ benefits they provide.