Ever wish eating helped you lose weight? Wish granted! We’ve got the scoop on five superfoods that actually help shed kilograms – and easy and delicious ways to add them to your diet.
Why you need them: Pack the fruit bowl with pears if you want to lose kilograms, reports a study out of the University of Rio de Janeiro. In the study, which was published in the journal Nutrition, women who ate three pears a day consumed fewer total daily calories and lost more weight than those who didn’t. Rich in fiber (one pear packs 15% of your daily recommended amount), pears help you feel full and keep you from overeating.
Best way to work them in: Eat a pear before a meal to help curb hunger. Ditch the peeler; most of the fruits beneficial fiber is in the skin.
Why you need them: According to researchers at Scripps Clinic in California, eating half a grapefruit before each meal may help you lose weight – up to 500g a week – even if you change nothing else about your diet. The study’s author, Ken Fujioka, MD, says a compound in grapefruit helps regulate insulin, a fat-storage hormone. “Anything that helps lower insulin can help people lose weight,” he explains. “Grapefruit seems to be one of those foods.”
Best way to work them in: Peel and segment; cut into chunks and add to spinach salad. It’s also a great companion with shrimp.
Why you need them: Eating a handful of almonds a day, along with a healthy diet, might help you zap fat, suggests research published in the International Journal of Obesity. Diet-study participants who ate almonds daily for six months lost 18% of their body fat. Those who followed a diet with the same amount of calories and protein but swapped almonds for an equal number of calories in complex carbs (like wheat crackers) lost only 11%.
Best way to work them in: They’re a great at-your-desk snack – 22 almonds add up to one serving. Another idea: chop them finely and add them to oatmeal or yogurt.
Why you need it: Can’t resist a little rich chocolate? No need to: Dark chocolate – and other foods high in antioxidants – may help prevent the accumulation of fat cells in the body, a precursor to heart disease and obesity, according to new research from Taiwan published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.
Best way to work it in: Melt 15g of dark chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds and spread it on half a whole wheat cracker; it’s just 98 calories.
Why you need them: They’re loaded with resistant starch, a powerful fat burner (one half-cup serves up nearly 10 grams of resistant starch). If you eat navy beans and other foods rich in resistant starch at just one meal a day, you’ll burn 25% more fat than you would otherwise, according to researchers at the University of Colorado.
Best way to work them in: Sauté diced onion and garlic in olive oil, add two cans of drained navy beans; puree and serve.
If you are serious about weight and struggle to lose the extra kilograms, download the free Manna Diet, read the first section of the book which explains why you might be struggling to lose weight and what to do about it. Follow the low carbohydrate Manna Diet and do your daily exercises.
However, as explained above, insulin is the fat storing hormone and you need to keep your insulin levels as low as possible to be able to lose weight. Therefore, take the Manna Blood Sugar Support Supplement with each meal to help regulate blood sugar levels and help keep insulin levels low.