Watch your weight, Watch what you eat. Our busy schedules and demanding time lines tend to keep our exercise regimes at bay and then we complain of the piling weight or love handles or increasing weight. Then we tend to shift our attention to food and some of us board the diet express. Well its not bad to control what you serve on your plate, but people tend to attempt the excess and fail miserably. While some do get it right, most get their plates all wrong and miss on one or the other food-group in the vitamin-mineral table. For example cutting away fats like eggs or chicken or meat altogether from their diet is bad for the body and the diet becomes bereft of protein.
A well balanced diet is essential for the body and its metabolic activities, while keeping you energized and charged through out the day. We list here 10 foods that will help you keep that balance and help you get rid of the excess fat from your diet and body too.
1) Spinach and Green Leafy Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are excellent source of Iron and provides most of the vital nutrients and fiber for the body. Many studies have also concluded that including green veggies in the diet cuts down the risk of developing cancer. You have plethora of options available in this segment like spinach, beans, fenugreek, broccoli, cabbage, kale, lettuce to name a few.
Lentils, pulses are excellent source of vitamin and easy to digest to. They are easy to cook and can be cooked in a varieties as well as used in soups as well. They are also rich in magnesium which aids metabolism of food and breaking down fatty acids and proteins. They also keep you full for long, digests slowly and your hunger at recess.
3) Pumpkin Seeds
Apart from being high in fiber, it contains Vitamin D in wide variety of forms which gives us more health benefits including anti-oxidant benefits. According to WHO nutrient publication pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of Phytosterols which reduces the symptoms of prostate enlargement. Apart from these pumpkin seeds are also a good source of zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese, and copper. You can snack on them raw or roast them lightly as per you liking. One serving is sufficient to give you the daily recommended supplement of these minerals.
Almonds are a excellent source of energy and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which is a healthy fat. They make for a good snacking option without making you feel guilty.
Coconut is good for metabolism and reduces inflammation. It fresh, full on energy and contains healthy fats which helps in keep cholesterol levels under control. The pulp also makes for an energizing snack option which is both fulfilling and refreshing.
Small to moderate servings of chicken and protein is a required by the body to help build and repair muscles and body tissues. Also if you are trying to build muscle mass and do a routine workout include them as a must in your diet chart.
Another rich powerhouse of healthy fats and protein are eggs. Help yourself to small servings of eggs for breakfast as they breakdown slowly and keeps you charged throughout the day thus helps in cutting on big lunch portions.
Lassi, chaachs, plain or mash a fruit in your glass. Yogurt is rich in milk protein and calcium and good for your teeths and bones. Low on calorie, it can be eaten plain or as dressings in salads or dips.
Avoid those sugar bombs and fancy honey dipped coloured flakes and chococs. Instead go for plain oats which are again a rich source of protein and makes for an excellent breakfast option. They release energy slowly thus keeping you full for longer. They also contains fiber, protein, phosphorous, selenium, iron and manganese.
No health diet is complete without this Vitamin-C bomb. Rich in antioxidants, they not only pep up the mood, making you feel pip and refreshing, they help in burning the body fat. Some researches have also shown that consuming oranges or lime juice slows down the aging process and keeps your skin younger and wrinkle free.
Eat meals every 4-6 hours and avoid snacking in between.