Eating healthy foods that are rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals can make the difference between successful weight management and another failed New Year’s resolution. If your goal is a flatter tummy, incorporate these four foods into your diet.
Your body burns more calories digesting protein versus carbs or fat, which means protein-rich foods already have an edge. However, fish in particular offers even more benefits. It’s leaner than other sources of protein, including chicken and turkey. It’s also high in omega-3 fatty acids. Although omega-3s may not directly contribute to weight loss, they do provide several health benefits, especially compared to other fats.
Like other whole grains, oatmeal is high in fiber. Because fiber takes longer for your body to digest, an oatmeal breakfast will stay in your stomach longer. You’ll feel fuller and be less tempted to snack. Just be sure to avoid pre-sweetened oatmeal with lots of added sugar.
When you do need a snack, nuts are an excellent choice. They may be high in fat, but it’s a healthy fat. Plus, nuts are high in protein, fiber, and several other key nutrients. Keep in mind, though, that nuts are calorie-dense. Consume them in small quantities and use them to replace less healthy snacks. Consider adding a few pecans to your salad instead of croutons or topping yogurt with walnuts instead of granola.
Speaking of salad, eating vegetables like spinach and broccoli can also help you slim down. These and other green vegetables are high in fiber and low in calories. Add a salad with romaine lettuce, arugula, or spinach as the base before your meal, and you’ll be satisfied with smaller portions. Avoid iceberg lettuce, which contains very little fiber.
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