Starving yourself is actually making you fat!

Starving yourself is actually making you fat!

Starving yourself is actually making you fat!

by August 21, 2017 0 comments

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Most people think the solution to losing weight is eating less since they assumed they gained the weight from eating more. I’m here to tell you that is in fact not true. There’s actually a particular daily calorie level needed for the body to function, if the body doesn’t get up to that calorie count on a daily basis, it goes into starvation mode. In starvation mode, the body stores all the fat that it can because it thinks that you’re not getting enough and so it won’t burn fat as fast in the bid to save your life.

Most people believe the less the calories, the better. You need to be paying attention to the foods you eat and less about trying to cut away as much calories as you can. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011 discovered the foods linked with weight loss included fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and yogurt, while weight gain was related to consuming potato chips, potatoes, sugar-sweetened beverages, unprocessed red meats and processed meats.

Here are some foods that actually help you Lose weight!

1. Brown rice

Rice is a staple in many countries because it is so cheap. Brown rice, even though it’s a carb, is healthy for you and can actually help you lose weight! A serving of brown rice contains 21% of the daily recommended amount of magnesium, 15% of vitamin B6, 4% of the daily recommended amount of iron and 3.5 grams of fiber. Brown rice is higher in nutrition and absorbed more slowly by the bloodstream than white rice. It is a great food to eat for those wanting to reduce inflammation too.

One study from researchers at Harvard found that Americans who eat two or more servings of brown rice per week can cut their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by about 10%, while a Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital study found that women who consumed more whole grains consistently weighed less than those who didn’t. The study also found that those who consumed the most fiber from whole grains were 49% less likely to gain weight.

According to Health Magazine, a half-cup serving of rice contains 1.7 grams of Resistant Starch, which is a healthy carb that increases metabolism and helps to burn fat. But, a note of caution: Since brown rice isn’t necessarily low in calories, it’s best to only consume the recommended serving size and eat an overall low-calorie diet for weight loss.

2. Non-fat Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt has been called a ‘superfood,’ or a food packed with nutritional value, and it does have many health benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked!

A study on the healthiest foods found that each extra daily serving of yogurt prevented .82 pounds of weight gain. At 23 grams of protein per serving, it rivals meat-based sources of protein to help you feel fuller longer. As long as you choose the low-fat, low sugar versions, you’ll definitely be on the side of healthy.

 

3. Old fashioned oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of those foods you either love or hate, but it has many benefits if you want to eat healthy on the cheap. It’s rich in fiber, filling, and also heart healthy. But, a caution here: you’ll want to avoid instant oatmeal or oatmeal with added sugar. Instead of adding sugar to your oatmeal, consider adding stevia, honey, or spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg to give it flavor. Oatmeal also has s 4.6 grams of Resistant Starch according to Health Magazine.

4. Beans

Garbanzo beans, kidney beans, black beans: Beans not only have protein but they have fiber too! Beans are cheap, low in calories, and you can add almost any kind of herb or spice to create different flavor combinations.

Research from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that bean eaters have a 23% lower risk of an expanded waistline and a 22% reduced risk of being obese. Also, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, bean consumption is associated with greater nutrient intake, reduced systolic blood pressure, lower body weight and a smaller waistline.

Beans are also good sources of iron. You might want to rinse any canned beans you buy though to reduce your sodium intake.

5. Canned tuna

Chunk light canned tuna is a cheap food that is high in protein and a great way to get Omega-3’s — the healthy fats that can help brain function and help repair our cells. But, pregnant women and kids are advised to beware — the mercury levels in canned tuna can make this food potentially unsafe.

6. Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes have many great health benefits. They contain about 377%  of our daily recommended intake of vitamin A, 15% of vitamin B6 and are high in potassium and fiber. Sweet potatoes also contain vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and phosphorus.

How can sweet potatoes help you loose weight? Because sweet potatoes are nutrient-dense, they can help you feel fuller longer. As long as you don’t load them down with butter and sugar and instead opt for some coconut oil and/or cinnamon, sweet potatoes are a great part of a trim diet.

7. Apples and other low-cost fruits

It’s a good idea to eat fruit for health, but it’s also important for weight loss too. Fruit is full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and can help aid in weight loss by helping you feel fuller with less calories and increase your water intake. Though some fruits are more expensive than others, apples are a budget-friendly option at about $.50 per apple, when purchased in a three pound bag.

If you want to save even more on fruit, choose the canned option, which can save you money and will last much longer than the fresh varieties. Just be sure to choose the kind packed in fruit juice — not heavy syrup.

8. Broccoli, cauliflower and other low-cost veggies

Broccoli, carrots and cauliflower  aid in weight loss too! Filling up on veggies, which are low in calories, help you feel full and are packed with vitamins and minerals.

According to Health Magazine, cooked or raw, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are known for their cancer-preventing powers, fiber and ability to prevent weight gain. They also have tons of vitamin C, vitamin A, foliate, calcium, iron and potassium.

Bonus: Green tea

Though green tea isn’t a food, it’s a great low-cost beverage to consume loaded with nutritional benefits, according to researchers. ‘It’s the healthiest thing I can think of to drink,’ Christopher Ochner, PhD. said to Web MD.

Green tea has polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants. Not only that, it contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can reduce anxiety and improve brain function. But besides all its health benefits, in some studies, green tea has been shown to boost metabolism and help people burn fat.

 

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