Dieting all summer will amount to nothing if you keep making bad food choices.
Fortunately, Eat This, Not That! has created a list of essential summer foods to keep you in shape for swimsuit season.
¼ cup of quinoa packs only 170 calories, and has only 2.5 grams of fat. But, it has 7 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber. Quinoa is a whole-grain product, which means it’s healthier than products made with white flour. Penn State researchers found that dieters who ate whole-grains lost twice as much belly fat as those who ate white-flour products; even they consumed the same amount of calories. Plus, quinoa contains twice as much belly-filling protein as regular cereal grains. It also has fewer glucose-raising carbs, and has a decent amount of healthy fats.
Green tea has zero calories, yet is packed with nutrients. Green tea contains catechins, powerful antioxidants found in green tea that is known to speed up metabolism. Japanese researchers found that people who drink 690 milligrams of catechins from green tea daily had significantly lower body mass indexes than those in a control group. They also have smaller waist measurements.
A cup of kefir contains only 174 calories, 2 grams of fat, 14 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber. Kefir is dairy product, the consistency of which maybe likened to an extra-thick smoothie. The high amount of protein it contains means it will keep you feeling full for a good while. Also, the probiotics in kefir may speed up weight loss. British scientists foud that these organisms improved the breakdown of fat molecules in mice, keeping them from gaining weight. However, the scientists still need to determine whether the results hold true for humans.
An avocado has 322 calories, 29 grams of fat (4 grams saturated fat, 20 grams monounsaturated fat). It also has 13 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein. A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that the healthy-fat (Mediterranean) diet was more effective than a diet that cut out fats altogether.
A large scrambled egg contains 102 calories, 7 of fat (2 unsaturated), and 7 grams of protein. A British study found that people who added to the percentage of protein-based calories in their diet burned 71 more calories per day (or 7.4 pounds a year).
1 grapefruit packs 104 calories, 4 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein. A grapefruit a day – as an addition to your regular meals – can speed up weight loss. The fruit’s acidity slows down digestion, making food take longer to move through your system. This means you’ll feel fuller and more satisfied for longer. Grapefruit is also rich in vitamin C, and is also known to lower cholesterol, and reduce your risk of stroke, heart disease, and some types of cancer.