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In addition, choosing foods that ward off your hunger will turn off your sweet cravings and rev up your metabolism. This may sound like too much to do but it’s easier than you think.
Here are 5 yummy waistline-friendly choices that will put variety in your diet.
Often vilified as a fattening food to be avoided, avocados should be celebrated instead. Creamy avocados may help shrink your waistline according to research published in Nutrition Journal. Researchers found that individuals who ate avocados regularly had significantly lower BMIs and smaller waistlines as compared to those who did not eat them. Avocados provide more than 20 different vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eat them on top of salads sliced up, mix them in smoothies, dip veggies in delicious guacamole, mash them up with tuna or hard-boiled eggs for a filling tuna/egg salad.
Fish is lean protein. Protein provides more satiety per ounce than fat or carbohydrate. Fish and other seafood are low in calories and are good sources of omega-3, especially salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna. Eating fish regularly will help keep you full and also help suppress your appetite. To fully enjoy the benefits of fish do not eat it fried or doused with heavy creams. Keep it simple and the calories low by baking, grilling or sautéeing it. If fish is not your thing, you can try supplements which contain concentrated forms of fish or krill oil.
Beans are full of antioxidants and are a good source of low-calorie protein. With approximately 15-20 grams of protein and around 15 grams of filling fiber per cup, this carbohydrate can help you lose weight. According to a 2010 study, eating beans (and other pulses) have a beneficial effect on satiety and help with weight management. Incorporating beans into your diet is easy to do. Try adding chickpeas to a salad, making black bean burgers, fava bean salad or adding white beans to pasta or making a dip of a mix of beans.
This South American ancient grain is loaded with protein and fiber, making it useful for weight loss. Quinoa has a higher satiety rate than wheat or rice, which can help in suppressing your appetite. Quinoa is easy and quick to cook. Once cooked, you can make a salad or have it as a side dish with plenty of vegetables.
Creamy cottage cheese is rich in leucine, an essential amino acid that is necessary to build and maintain muscle mass. Cottage cheese contains no added sugars and is highly nutritious with protein, phosphorus, selenium, riboflavin and calcium. Try cottage cheese topped with fruit for breakfast or a light dinner, use it mixed in salads or enjoy it plain as a snack.