In Layman’s terms, losing or gaining weight is a simple formula of calories in vs calories out – there’s no escaping this time tested explanation – to lose weight you NEED to eat fewer calories. Today’s post focuses on 7 food facts which can affect your workouts, wellness and weight. We’ll discuss our top 7 foods, including their benefits to your health and ability to assist you in either gaining or losing weight.
1. Sunflower Seeds – Assist greatly in building muscle – a handful, in fact, contains roughly four grams of fiber and six grams of protein. Sunflower seeds offer anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits, Vitamin E, assistance in lowering cholesterol amongst offering a healthy dose of magnesium for healthy bones and energy production. Selenium, a trace mineral found in sunflower seeds has been shown to induce DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells linked to cancer prevention.
2. Apples – Antioxidants present in apples help to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract, allowing healthier digestion. Recent studies have emerged associating apple juice with a decrease in the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Pancreatic cancer can be reduced by up to 23% through consumption of flavonol-rich apples. Several compounds found in apple peal have anti-growth properties against cancer cells.
3. Fish Oil – Omega-3 fatty acids significantly reduce the risks of age-related macular degeneration – the primary condition which affects loss of vision in seniors. Omega-3 fish oil reduces signs and symptoms of osteoporosis amongst negating the signs of aging and improving fat burning abilities. Finally, fish oil helps preserve lean muscle through increasing the metabolic rate, boosts brain power and memory, enhances the immune system and improves nutrient delivery to cells.
4. Yogurt – Beneficial bacteria in yogurt known as probiotics, are primarily known for reducing digestive issues. Through it’s consumption, autoimmune conditions such as arthritis and asthma have become notably less severe. Boasting a flattering 18 grams of protein per 170 grams, low fat Greek yogurt is a perfect healthy snack option also assisting in improvement in the immune system, prevention against osteoporosis, constipation, inflationary bowel disease and lactose intolerance.
5. Peppers – Primarily offer assistance in weight loss. A study concluded that subjects who took a supplement containing dihydrocapsiate, found in peppers, burned 160 more calories than those who took a placebo supplement. DCT supplements and sweet chilli peppers are excellent sources offering a number of antioxidant and calorie burning benefits.
6. Coconut Water – Perhaps the most renowned characteristic of coconut water is the abundant amount of potassium – four times the amount of a banana per serving and a far healthier alternative to sugar packed electrolyte sports drinks. Coconut water boasts a low sodium profile, minimal calories and enough potassium to help fill the nutritional gap many Australian’s have due to a lack of vegetables and fruit in their diets.
7. Avocado – Smooth and buttery, avocados are an excellent source of mono-saturated fats. Studies reveal they lower the risk of heart disease, amongst reducing likelihood of macular degeneration. They are packed full of heart-protective compounds such as potassium and vitamin E. Whilst avocados are quite high in calories and fat, used in the place of high-fat condiments such as cheese and mayonnaise – they are an effective and healthy natural addition to a diet.