It often happens that you find yourself tempted by a snack and even if you decide to take a bite of it, you end up finishing the whole of it. Overeating and overindulgence are a difficult part of healthy eating. Here are some helpful strategies to help keep you on track:
1. Be particular about your choices
When choosing the food items be particular to select those options which will help you feel and satiated. In order to simplify the selection process you can go for foods with complex carbohydrates, protein and fiber. These food choices make your body feel full for longer duration as the body needs more time to digest them.
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According to researchers at John Hopkins University, the edible moringa tree is gaining a foothold as a healthy food source. Moringa is a plant which is native to parts of Africa and Asia. The name is derived from munakkai/murungai/muringa, the Telugu/Tamil/Malayalam word for drumstick. It contains 13 species from tropical and subtropical climates that range in size from tiny herbs to massive trees. Every part of the moringa tree is edible, although the leaf clusters are the most easily accessible and among the most nutritious. The role of these leaves towards weight loss efforts is mainly because of the plant’s low-fat, high-nutrient qualities that make it an acceptable, low-calorie substitute for many other foods. Along with this, the leaves high in Vitamins B-1, B-2 and B-3, which are needed by your body to convert food into energy.
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Berries are a super food for weight loss as they are extremely high in antioxidants, fiber, along with many other nutrients. Not only this, these nutritious fruits are low in “energy density,” or concentrated calories, which keep you full and satisfied for long. Check out some of the common types of berries available in the market along with their nutrient details, and the contribution they can make towards your weight loss and overall health goals:
1. Goji Berries
Deep red in color, goji berries also known as Chinese Wolfberry or Mede Berry are composed of 18 essential amino acids, 21 trace minerals, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E, linoleic acid, selenium, germanium, and beta carotene. This potent berry has shown a positive impact on sexual vitality, happiness, longevity, and overall physical strength.
Blueberry is an antioxidant powerhouse. The deep blue color of this berry is related to high amounts of phytonutrients called anthocyanidin, which aid in the process of neutralizing free radical damage in our cells. Further, this fruit reduces the risk for heart diseases, cataracts, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, glaucoma, and peptic ulcers.
3. Acai Berries
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One great way to lead a healthy lifestyle on a budget is to eat out less and cook more at home. This doesn’t only save money, but it gives you greater leverage in creating your own delicious, gourmet style meals with the flavors and intensities you like. Grab a notebook and write down the following health foods you can get under $1, you wallet and your tummy will thank you!
Beans are perhaps one of the most nutritious and inexpensive foods that give you a ton of fiber and a whole lot of protein. Beans are a staple in many developing countries of the world as they’re filling and contain most of the nutrients required by the body at an affordable price. Any type of beans will give you a good amount of potassium, calcium and folic acid as well.
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You must have heard it a 1000 times that you must eat enough fruits and veggies in order to lose weight and stay healthy. But the reports published by CDC, highlighted that only 9% people are having the recommended daily serving of veggies and only 13% of people are eating enough fruits. This is an alarming signal as in addition to the numerous health benefits including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, etc. – they are low in calories, but have lots of water and fiber, making them very filling. Furthermore, varied studies have shown a positive relationship between fruit and veggie consumption and feeling good, which includes feelings of well-being,and creativity, as well as greater self-control and more initiative.
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