Looking for nutrient-rich foods that can help you reach your weight loss goals? Look no further. These nutrients can help you slim down by filling you up and satisfying your hunger.
When it comes to losing weight, all foods are not created equal. It’s true that all foods have calories and that you lose weight by burning more calories than you take in. However, different nutrients impact your weight and hunger in different ways.
Although eating too much of any food can contribute to weight gain, some nutrients actually help you lose weight. Strategically including these foods in your daily eating plan can help you meet your weight loss goals.
At NutriHealth Weight Loss, with offices in Georgetown, Middletown and Milford, Delaware, our providers understand the complexities behind food choice in the weight loss process. They also recognize the importance of nutrition education in weight loss. With that in mind, they share some important nutrients and food sources that can help you lose weight.
You probably know that dietary fiber plays an important role in gastrointestinal health as well as helping keep your bowel movements regular. However, you may not be aware that it is also an extremely important nutrient for weight loss.
To begin, fiber fills you up, helping you feel fuller longer and have less interest in snacking. In addition, fiber feeds the healthy bacteria in your gut that may help with weight loss. Fiber-rich foods also help keep your blood sugar in balance, which can protect you from hunger-generating blood sugar spikes and falls.
Good sources of fiber include fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts.
Like fiber, protein can help with weight loss by preventing hunger pangs soon after eating. And like fiber, protein-rich meals can help you maintain feelings of satiety longer than meals that contain large amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars.
Fortunately, you can eat a protein-rich diet without having to fill your plate with meat. Plant-based protein is as helpful as the protein found in animal foods.
Good sources of plant-based protein include beans, lentils, nuts, soy foods, and whole grains.
You probably know that healthy fats are good for your heart. They also help your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K. But here’s another bonus: They also assist with weight loss.
Foods containing healthy fats have high satiability, meaning they wipe away your hunger quickly. Eat healthy fats, and you will feel fuller longer than some other foods, especially if you combine healthy fats with foods that are high in fiber. Hummus and whole-grain crackers, anyone?
Good sources of healthy plant-based fats include avocados, hummus, nuts, olive oil, olives, and seeds.
The best diet for you
At NutriHealth Weight Loss, our providers understand how hard it can be to lose weight. That’s why we offer a wide range of weight loss support services, including nutritional counseling, behavioral health therapy, fitness advice, weight loss medications, body composition analysis, and more.