Did you know that losing weight is actually more about the work that you put in at the kitchen than the work that you put in at the gym? It’s true. The battle of weight loss is primarily won in the kitchen. No matter how many hours you put in at your local gym, if you’re not fueling your body in the proper way, you’re going to ruin any progress that you make through your workouts. With that being said, it’s super crucial for anyone who’s serious about losing weight to eat foods that will help promote weight loss or, at the very least, not contribute to rapid weight gain. Ready? Here’s what to do to lose weight – the kitchen ingredient edition!
Bake a Batch of Okra Chips
Okra’s not that well-known or popular of a vegetable. Whether it’s because they look funny or because they tend to be pretty slimy when cooked, we have no idea. What we do know, however, is that okra is packed with 8.2 grams of super satiating fiber for every cup. If you’re looking for ways to add fiber to diet, which is super awesome for weight loss by the way, then you’ll want to make this veg a staple in your kitchen stat. If you’re not a fan of its slimy nature, one easy and awesome way to incorporate okra into your diet is by turning them into super crunchy okra chips. Just slice in half, sprinkle with sea salt and toss it in the oven. They’re a great snack, just as crispy as chips and definitely much better for your health.
Snack on Hard-Working Treats Like Pistachios
We love a good snack between meals to help keep the cravings at bay, but it’s definitely no secret that it’s very easy to go overboard with our snacking. To snack mindfully and make sure that you stay aware of how much you’re eating, try snacking on food items that make you work. Pistachios are a great example since you’ve got to pop the shell off just to eat it. It will make you eat slower, but you’ll also get a good visual idea of how much you’ve already eaten. Bonus? Pistachios are high in protein and fiber.
Get Some Green in with Artichokes
Not only are artichokes delicious, they’re also extremely high in fiber. A single artichoke already has a whopping 10.3 grams of the satiating substance. Throw in a salad, bake them up as a tasty side or add them to your favorite side dish. Whatever you do, just make sure you start adding this to your regular diet to help you avoid packing on unwanted weight.
Fill Up on Avocado’s Healthy Fats
We can’t deny the fact that we’re absolutely obsessed with avocados. They’re good any way you want to eat them, too! You can throw some in a shake, bake one up in the oven with an egg, use it on your favorite whole grain toast or toss it in a salad. Whatever way you prefer to eat them, you’re bound to soak up every single one of the twenty essential nutrients that its packed with. Some of the nutrients that you get when you add avocado to your diet are folic acid, fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E and potassium. It’s also worth mentioning that avocados are high in monounsaturated fat, a healthy fat that is good for your heart and helps you stay fuller for longer.
Partake in Protein Packed Puddings with Chia Seeds
If you’re on Instagram and follow any kind of food or fitness influencer, then chances are you’ve seen chia seeds in some shape or form on your feed. Chia seeds are the very definition of super foods because they’re high in omega-3 fats, protein, calcium, antioxidants and, weight loss’ best friend, fiber. Additionally, chia seeds are hydrophilic, which is just a big and fancy word that means they soak up water and expand, thus keeping you quite full for a lengthy amount of time. Toss them in a jar with some milk to create a breakfast pudding, add them to your smoothies or sprinkle them over your toast to give your meal an extra punch of nutrition and to make it more filling for fewer calories.
Munch of Cruciferous Veggies
Looking for a major win for your waistline? If yes, then you’re definitely going to want to add some cruciferous veggies to your diet. Asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage are all great options because they act as diuretics and help you release a lot of the excess water that your body could potentially be hanging on to. An easy and tasty way to cook your cruciferous vegetables would be to toss them in the oven with a dusting of salt and pepper, a sprinkle of olive oil and a few drops of lemon. If you love asparagus, steam it up or munch on it raw with a side of bean dip, hummus or salsa.
Sip on a Cup of Joe
Here’s one for all the caffeine addicts out there. Coffee is a great drink to have in the morning because its loaded with antioxidants and have tons of health benefits. For example, coffee is shown to protect your brain and could even decrease your risk of oral cancer. When it comes to weight loss, a cup of coffee in the morning can help decrease your cravings, curb your appetite and also increase the production of the hormone associated with feeling full.
Stock Up on Club Soda
If you’re addicted to soda, then letting it go is going to be one of the toughest things you’ll ever do. It’s also going to be the most amazing thing you’ll ever do when it comes to your health and losing weight. Soda is a huge contributor to weight gain because of the sheer amount of sugar that it contains. When those cravings hit, reach for a club soda or soda water instead. Easy swap, huge benefits.