Losing weight is on the minds of many Britons right now, with summer in full swing and holidays approaching.
Helping to aid weight-loss, a new US study published on Medical News Today has revealed the top 13 foods for healthy weight loss.
These foods are packed with nutrients, and are proven to be more instrumental in weight loss than other foods.
Many crash and unhealthy diets are dangerous, and can also lead to more weight being gained when dieting finishes.
Following a diet of these foods can not only speed up weight loss, but will also improve health and wellness, maintaining weight-loss and stopping weight being put back on.
Nuts pulses and grains
Nuts, pulses and grains were named as some of the healthiest foods available, with almonds rich in magnesium, vitamin E, iron, calcium and fibre.
Another nut named as one of the healthiest foods on the planet is the Brazil nut, which will add selenium to the body and therefore speed up the metabolism.
When embarking on weight loss cutting out carbs isn’t always the right option. Carbs such as oatmeal can aid weight loss and are known for being packed with nutrients.
Oats are rich in complex carbohydrates, as well as water-soluble fiber, which slow digestion down and stabilise levels of blood-glucose. It’s also rich in B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. Coarse or steel-cut oats contain more fiber than instant varieties.
Wheat germ is another food that topped the list, being high in vitamins, fatty acids and fibre, all conducive to weight loss.
Another carbohydrate that made the list is sweet potatoes, which are rich in dietary fibre, veto-carotene, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B-6. In a recent study it ranked one for vitamins compared to other vegetables.
Greens, fruits and berries
Studies have shown that many leafy green vegetables actually use more calories to digest than they contain, coming out in negative calories.
They are also packed with nutrients and antioxidants, especially when uncooked, steamed or very lightly boiled. Vegetables like kale and broccoli topped the list for top weight-loss foods.
Sometimes avoided for their fat content, avocados are go-to food for those looking to lose weight.
Rich in healthy fats and packed with vitamins avocados are proven to help reduce body weight and also lower blood cholesterol levels.
According to the guide, blueberries are the most healthy and weight-loss friendly fruit in the world.
Scientists at Texas Woman’s University found that blueberries help in curbing obesity. Plant polyphenols, which are abundant in blueberries, have been shown to reduce the development of fat cells, while inducing the breakdown of lipids and fat.
Fish, meat and eggs
When looking for healthy and waist-friendly protein it is difficult to know the best source, but the study revealed oily fish, chicken and eggs to be the top choices.
Similar to avocados, oily fish is packed with healthy fats, whereas chicken is a great source of protein, and can be consumed more freely than red meat.
Eggs also made the definitive list of weight-loss foods, a great source of protein and also full of the essential amino acid, leucine – important for stimulating muscles.