When it comes to weight loss, nutrition is paramount. If you claim you’re eating ‘pretty good,’ but not getting results; it’s time to reevaluate what you’re eating. Foods that are organically grown, without harsh chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, steroids or antibiotics are best. Simply put if you can’t pronounce what’s in your food, don’t eat it.
Beastly Pick #1 – Black beans
Black beans are high in protein, high in fiber and contain resistant starch which is beneficial for weight loss.
Beastly Pick #2 – Chia seeds
Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber and considered a low carb food. Chia seeds boost the metabolism and help relieve water retention. Once chia seeds are placed in water, they turn into a gel-like substance. The gel-like substance expands in the stomach and helps stave off cravings.
Beastly Pick #3 – Blueberries
Blueberries are full of healthy antioxidants and considered a low calorie fruit.
Beastly Pick #4 – Old Fashioned Oats
Complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal have a lower impact on insulin levels and are less likely to store as fat. Start your morning off with a bowl of oatmeal; top it with blueberries.
Beastly Pick #5 – Skinless chicken breast
Skinless chicken breast is high in protein and considered a muscle building food. Consuming chicken will help retain muscle as you start to loss body fat. 3.5 ounces of chicken contains 165 calories, 31 grams of protein and 4 grams of fat.
Beastly Pick #6 – Spinach
Leafy greens such as spinach are nutrient dense and low in calories. Salad on the other hand has no nutritional value and little fiber; avoid it.
Beastly Pick #7 – Salmon
Salmon is loaded with protein, contains healthy fats and will keep you full. Salmon is also loaded with nutrients and contains iodine which assists in thyroid regulation; thyroid regulation is important to keep your metabolism running optimally.
Beastly Pick #8 – Eggs
Eggs are packed with nutrients, low in calories, high in protein and full of healthy fats. Consuming healthy fats such as eggs can provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs which help encourage fat loss.
Beastly Pick #9 – Tuna
Tuna is low in calories, high in protein and very low in fat. 3.5 ounces of canned light tuna contains 116 calories, packs 25 grams of protein and 1 gram of fat. Just make sure it’s packed in water; not oil.
Beastly Pick #10 – Protein Powder
Protein powder is convenient way to get protein into your body after working out. Consuming protein powder will support lean muscle mass as you lose weight. Protein powder also makes an excellent snack and will provide satiety between meals. Just make sure to choose a brand that is low in calories, low in sugar and with minimal ingredients.
This is just a short list to help get you started. Of course there’s a variety of healthy foods out there; I encourage you to think outside the box. For more great ideas and weight loss tips, pick up a copy of my E-book; Pantry Raid.