What are the best weight loss foods?
Whether you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight or are just looking to shed a couple of kilos, losing body fat can be difficult. Low kilojoule diets can leave you hungry all the time and have the adverse effect of making you crave more food. That is why nutritionists urge people who are on a diet to eat quality, nutrient-dense foods. The benefits of these weight loss foods will at least equal, or in some cases outweigh, the kilojoules you consume.
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So which weight loss foods should you concentrate on?
There are many weight loss foods that can help you lose weight, but here is a look at six well-known foods and food groups that everyone can include in their diet. Here at Jenny Craig, these foods are included in many of our delicious, ready-made meals that are provided as part of our healthy eating plan. Check out some of the 65 different food items on offer, or check out some of our inspiring healthy recipes.
Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are rich in fibre and are also predominately water, which makes them feel heavy in your stomach, giving you a feeling of fullness while being low in kilojoules. In addition, most plant-based foods are naturally high in protein, and chewing on raw or lightly cooked fruit and vegetables also has the benefit of burning kilojoules while you chew!
With chef-inspired recipes, tailored by dietitians to contain the right number of kilojoules, you can enjoy great meals while shedding excess weight in a healthy and responsible manner
Lean beef and chicken
Meat has come in for some criticisms, but recent studies have shown that although processed meat is higher in saturated fat and salt, lean red meat and chicken are excellent choices for weight loss because they are high in protein. Protein is by far the most fulfilling nutrient, and eating a high protein diet can help you lose weight by burning more kilojoules.
Salmon is loaded with high-quality protein, healthy fats and also contains all sorts of important nutrients, while being low in kilojoules. Salmon, as well as some other fish and seafood, also supplies a significant amount of iodine. This nutrient is necessary for proper functioning of your thyroid, which is important to keep your metabolism running optimally.
Potatoes have several properties that make them a perfect weight loss food, as well as being healthy. They contain a diverse range of nutrients, providing us with a little bit of almost everything we need. They are high in potassium, a nutrient that plays an important role in blood pressure control. Sweet potatoes, turnips and other root vegetables are also good foods to add to your weight loss meal plan.
Tuna is another low kilojoule, high protein food. There are many ways to eat it, for instance in salads, in a sandwich, on jacket potatoes, and can be consumed cold or hot. Do take care to choose tuna canned in water rather than brine or oil.
In recent years, eggs have been making a comeback. It is now widely recognised that eggs are one of the best foods around for people who are looking to lose weight. They are high in protein and healthy fats, and can make you feel full while delivering only a small number of kilojoules. In addition, there are so many healthy ways that you can eat eggs, such as boiled, poached and scrambled.
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If you are unsure about when and how to eat these and other foods that are beneficial to weight loss, check out the Jenny Craig website for information on the delicious and nutritious weight loss foods available. With chef-inspired recipes, tailored by dietitians to contain the right number of kilojoules, you can enjoy great meals while shedding excess weight in a healthy and responsible manner.
Enjoy familiar foods and favourite snacks, or opt for something more adventurous and try things that you have never eaten before – the choice is yours! All our meals are specially designed to give you the right nutrients and kilojoules you need, while providing you with tasty and easy to prepare dishes.