The 50 Best Weight Loss Foods of All Time
The two most important aspects of losing weight that people should remember are: It’s not about deprivation, it’s about moderation; and think quality, not quantity. “You can eat as much as you want as long as it is the right food, and your body will be a fat burning machine,” Dr. Daryl Gioffre, Founder of Alkamind and celebrity nutritionist, says.
When people think of shedding extra pounds, they think their diet needs be 100 percent perfect, and this is the quickest way to sabotage not only your weight loss, but your health, he adds. The right methods may take a little bit longer, but the weight loss will sustain, and that is the ultimate outcome.
Another important suggestion to remember, according to Marisa Moore, registered dietitian nutritionist, is to eat your vegetables first. “They fill you up.. Specifically, since most adults don’t get the recommended daily vegetables, I suggest starting meals with half a plate of them.”
Consuming protein is very important, but you want found meats in the following list of all-time best foods for weight loss. Both Moore and Dr. Gioffre are not fans. The lean protein movement is one that is seriously flawed, he says. “In moderation, it is ok, but when you consume more than 50 percent of your calories from lean protein, not only do you stress your digestive system and your liver, you also increase your likelihood of chronic disease such as cancer and heart disease.”
Also, when you consume protein in excess, it will get converted to glucose in your body and is stored as fat, utilized almost the same way as if you ate sugar or grains, Dr. Gioffre says. Research has found that plant-based diets, without counting calories, lead to greater weight loss.
The byproduct of lean protein metabolism is nitrogen which then gets turned into ammonia and urea, both highly acidic and toxic to your body. “With this said, focus on eating proteins with significant fats like Omega 3 Fatty Acids in the form of wild caught salmon, anchovies, sardines, walleye, and trout,” Dr. Gioffre says. “Increase plant based proteins from quinoa, dark green leafy vegetables, chia and hemp seeds, hummus, and smaller beans that have been soaked and sprouted like chickpeas.”
Be prepared to snack smart. You might be tempted by any food in your path when you’re hungry, but keep a bag or tin of almonds in your work bag or desk drawer. “This way you have a crunchy and satisfying snack ready at all times, and the vending machine doesn’t stand a chance,” Moore says.
You may think that fruit is safe for weight loss, but not always. “Ideally go for alkaline ones like lemons, limes, grapefruit, avocados, tomatoes, pomegranate, all things coconut (milk, butter, oil), and even watermelon,” Dr. Gioffre says. “If you are going to have an acid forming fruit (all the others), limit consumption to once a day, make sure they are in season, ideally eat before it ripens and always consume on an empty stomach.”
Understand that strict diets are not sustainable, Moore says. “I understand the frustration and desire to lose weight quickly by cutting out certain foods, but I like to take a step back and ask if [clients] will be able to maintain this diet for life. The answer is almost always no.”