Your body uses food for energy. It stores any excess energy as fat. This means that incorporating the right foods for your every day diet can help your body to convert it into energy it needs for daily activities, make your diet more exciting, improve your immunity and lose weight.
Small changes can make a big difference. One extra biscuit a week can lead you to gain 5lb a year but if you cut that biscuit out of your diet, you will lose the same amount.
You should think of weight loss in terms of permanently changing your eating habits. While weight- loss goals are usually set in term of weeks, the end game is to sustain these changes over months and years i.e. lifestyle change for life.
Aduki beans: high in fibre, potassium (for dealing with water retention) and magnesium (increasing energy levels)
Almonds: blood-sugar balancing qualities that can assist in weight loss
Apples and Pears: being low GI (glycaemic index) fruit, they do not cause highs and lows of blood sugar and give sustained energy while providing very few calories, loads of fibre and nutrients such as Chromium (for blood-sugar regulation and energy)
Blueberries: rich in fibre and antioxidants
Cucumber: low in calories and have a high water content that can help with internal cleansing and satiety.
Ginger: great for metabolism in general. It is a warming spice that can get things moving in the blood and lymph circulation.
Leafy Greens: high in Fibre and nutrients: Magnesium, Chromium and Vitamin B – all the above is required to convert food into energy and stabilise blood-sugar levels.
Miso soup: high in Phytoestrogens (for beneficial effect on weight loss), bio-available protein needed to keep blood-sugar levels stable and enzymes needed for digestion.
Plums: high in Fibre and rich in Potassium needed to reduce water retention.
Sprouted seeds: contain bio-available nutrients, protein and Fibre needed for blood-sugar control.