(WellnessNova.com) - Weight loss is a hot topic in many Western countries because most people in America (and select European regions) are either obese or overweight. It’s not too shocking because most people in these countries are addicted to fast food and living high-stress lifestyles with little sleep. If you’re trying to lose weight, substituting these foods into your weight loss diet may greatly boost your efforts:
Carob is a dark-brown fruit native to Greece. It comes from the carob tree. The fruit is akin to sweet peas, and is filled with sweet pulp and seeds.
Carob tastes similar to chocolate but one serving of carob has significantly less calories than a chocolate bar. Carob is also filled with fiber, which fills you up without adding calories.
Carob has also been used for over four millennia in the Middle East and Mediterranean as a traditional health remedy. It’s been used to heal conditions of the vocal cords and throat. It can also help treat upset stomachs and other gastrointestinal conditions. Carob is also gluten-free, which makes it great for people who are gluten-intolerant.
Carob is also calcium-rich, which means it helps boost your bone health.
You can eat carob chips instead of chocolate bars when you get a sugar craving. You can also use carob in most recipes that require chocolate – like fudge, brownies, and milkshakes.
2. Red Potatoes
Red potatoes are filled with fiber and complex carbohydrates. Most other potatoes have simple carbohydrates, which means they get absorbed into your body faster and spike your blood sugar levels. Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, take longer to digest – which sends a steady, slow stream of sugar into your bloodstream. The fiber and slow, but steady stream help maintain normal blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full for longer.
3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Researchers found that eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids actually boosts weight loss. Participants who ate more nuts, seeds, fish, and olive oil (which are all foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids) experienced a significant reduction in their waist circumference toward the end of the study.
You probably know that omega-3 fatty acids are good for your brain and heart health. If you’re a growing teen trying to lose weight, omega-3 fatty acids also boost your developmental health.
4. Plant Proteins
Plant proteins, like beans, soymilk, tofu, nuts, and (not technically plants) mushrooms, have been found to help you lose weight more than eating proteins from meat. This is good news if you’re on the Atkins diet, whose main philosophy is eating a larger percentage of protein versus carbohydrates.
Researchers gave participants two different kinds of breakfasts – one was a meat patty with mashed potatoes, while the other was a legume-based patty with mashed split peas.
The vegan breakfast was 13 percent lower in calories than the meat meal. But participants also stated that they felt fuller and not as hungry after eating the vegan breakfast compared to after they ate the meat breakfast.
The researchers concluded that vegetable-based proteins can help you lose weight better than eating animal proteins because they curb hunger for longer periods. This also helps explain why going vegan or vegetarian makes you more likely to shed some pounds. This also encourages Atkins diet followers to eat plant-based proteins instead of meat.
Plant-based proteins have also been found to protect your heart and kidneys, whereas animal proteins may not offer such a significant protective effect. Plant-based proteins have also been found to lower your risk for cancer.
If you’re trying to burn more fat and get slimmer, try these alternative, healthy foods out! You’ll most likely experience a boost in your weight loss efforts.