Weight Loss Part 1: What’s in your cupboard?
In today’s article we are going to look at what you should find in your cupboard when trying to lose weight. The following foods will help you lose weight as part of calorie controlled diet.
Pulses and Legumes
Pulses and legumes will offer a source of carbohydrates that will not lead to spikes in insulin levels, they will provide a long lasting source of energy for the body and can be used in all kinds of dishes. They also offer source of fibre which is essential for health and will lower the insulin response to a meal.
Protein is essential to healthy living and most people do not eat enough of it. Lean sources of protein include chicken, turkey, eggs, leans cuts of beef and pork. Protein will provide the body with building blocks of muscle and is also the most thermagenic of the three macro nutrients
Eat your greens your mum always said and she was right! As well as providing essential vitamins and minerals eating your greens will provide fibre, eating high fibre foods will help you feel full and avoid over eating.
Brown rice is just about the only grain you can eat that wont lead to a spike in insulin levels, it is also full of wholegrain which is part of a healthy diet.
Oily fish contains omega 3 fatty acids, these acids have been shown to help with insulin control, increase nutrient partitioning (starve fat/feed muscle), increase protein synthesis (more muscle) and reduce inflammation Inflammation leading to just about every chronic disease on the planet. If you cannot stand oily fish a high quality omega 3 supplement will do.
No Sugar jelly
Jelly…. what gives? No sugar jelly is a high volume low calorie food, this means it will help you feel full for little to no gain in calouries, one large bowel of jelly contains as little as 40kcals. Good for when you are feeling hungry in between meals.
Similar to the above a high volume food that has little calories in it a good alternative at breakfast times.
Leon Mantey Personal Trainer Leeds