Losing weight can be a struggle-in-a-half! But fear no more. Today’s post is all about the methods and foods I used to help me achieve my goal weight and how I maintain it. So how can we make battling the budge any easier? Well, we may not be able to make it easier per se, but we can try to be smart by eating and drinking foods that can help our bodies rid of excess waste and fat.
It’s me, Cocoa! Join me today as we discuss the ten things that will help you achieve your weight loss goals! There’s an endless variety of foods and drinks to eat and follow that can assist you with reaching your goals. You can either make it complicated with calorie counting, deciding to go vegan or choosing another diet. Or, just keep things simple, like me. Incorporating foods rich with fiber and protein like quinoa, ground hemp seed powder, brown rice, and protein powder, will help satiate your palate and keep you feeling fuller, longer.
Tip # 1: Eat Fat
You heard me right! Avocados, olive or coconut oil, nuts and seeds, oily fish and eggs are all healthy fats that you should try to incorporate into your diet. Fat doesn’t make you fat. The sugar you intake, that processes into fat, is what makes you fat! Kick sugar to the curb and you will start to notice difference in your body. You will have less cravings and when you go to eat something sweet, you won’t like the taste. You are allowed sugar, but you should try to stay within your daily limit.
Tip # 2: Quinoa
My grain of choice is quinoa (keen-wa) these days. I put that stuff in everything! White quinoa, black or red, it quickly became a top favorite of mine. Healthline.com states that quinoa has 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per cup. That’s a pretty good start on your daily limit. And I love saying the word “quinoa” it sounds so exotic, doesn’t it? Or maybe that’s just me, haha! I buy just any organic quinoa found in local grocery stores.
Tip # 3: Ground Flax Seed
Ground flax-seed is one of the newest things I’ve introduced into my diet and it is growing on me fast! It’s tasteless, blends perfectly with smoothies and goes great on top of yogurt, cereal or ice cream, if you’re in to that kind of thing! I purchased mine from the nut and seed section at Whole Foods. A good lump will cost you about $1.19. At one teaspoon each, that will last you for quite a while.
Tip # 4: Brown Rice
For my starchy foods, like rice, I opt for brown rice. If you cook it correctly, it tastes almost as good as white rice and like all things, you’re taste buds will get used to it. You can find brown rice at almost any grocery or health food store at an affordable price. Buy organic if you can.
Tip # 5: Prunes
Another food to eat, which often goes unnoticed and one that I don’t really hear much about are, prunes. Now, you want to be careful eating these. Prunes are known to keep you regular and I like to keep a bag in my arsenal and eat a couple every other day or so. Depending on the brand of prunes (choose organic, if possible) they can be loaded with tons of sugar, which is what you don’t want. Be picky when you choose the brand and eat them sparingly because they will get the job done, if you know what I mean. They will help to rid of any bloating, gas and especially digestion and constipation. It can also have an adverse effect if you over do it and eat too many at once. So error on the side of caution and take it easy.
Tip # 6: Spicy Foods
Some like it hot! If you love spicy foods you’ll be happy to know that it is a natural fat burner and increases your metabolism. In fact, some studies show that eating spicy foods will get you fuller, faster and this is due to the capsicum in some of the foods. This is a chemical that sends signals to the brain causing euphoric feelings because of the dopamine that is released. (www.lifehacker.com) Livestrong.com further confirms that studies also show that eating foods seasoned with chili pepper or black pepper can boost metabolism.
Tip # 7: Kombucha
If you haven’t heard about kombucha, you must be living under a rock! Considered to be a health tonic, kombucha is a fermented tea that aids in the body’s digestion by filling it with billions of healthy bacteria. I’ve been drinking it for about two years now and I really do like it. I feel better when I drink it and it helps to keep my digestion on track. It’s fizzy and reminds me of beer (just a little) and I find it to be really refreshing. The brand I like is by Synergy and these retail for about $2.99-$3.99 depending on the store and brand.
Tip # 8: Organic Green Tea
Green tea has long been a favorite of mine for it’s great health benefits. First, it’s not actually green, it’s more like a brownish-orange color the kinds that I have had. I prefer loose tea, but a tea bag will do just fine. I used to drink it with sugar, but for about a year now, I’ve been drinking it without any sugar and I’m happy to say I prefer it plain. It is a tea that is very well known for its’ anti-oxidant properties and is considered a “weight loss” tea by some. I’m not sure about that part. Instead, I use it to cure my sugar cravings and to get a healthy boost.
Tip # 9: Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
I can’t write a post like this without mentioning–you guys already know this is my all time fave! I cannot say enough good things about this magic potion. ACV is a natural appetite suppressant and has so many wonderful properties. I spoke about this in my YouTube video and I literally raved about it. There is a recipe that I use which includes the acv, blue agave nectar, and cayenne in water and I just sip on this throughout the day and I’m good.
Tip # 10: Water
Last but not least, drink water. Drink a glass of water before you eat; drink half your weight in water. Just do it. Your body needs it and it’s the thing that pulls everything together. Drink water to flush out excess salt and sugar. Stay hydrated so that your digestion functions properly. It’s the most healthiest fluid you can ingest that your body will thank you for. Listen to your body. A lot of times, you may think you are hungry when really you are dehydrated which means you need water. Throw in some chia seeds to help make you feel fuller. You can also eat fruit and veggies high in water, but be aware of the sugar content in fruit so that you don’t get caught up.
So did you guys catch the underlining theme throughout this post? Try to fill your diet with things that will make you feel fuller which will then help you to eat less.
What are the things you guys like eating that helps you with your goals? Leave them below in the comments or send me an email via the contact page. I’ll chat with you guys next time!