Fit and fabulous - thats the you youre longing to be, right? Well a key ingredient in the formula for success is a simple one: fiber. Why? Again, its simple: healthy soluble fiber displaces empty calories. Eating fiber-full foods produces a fiber-filled belly and that means youll eat less and lose more weight.
Another key to vibrant health and weight loss is antioxidants. These molecular marvels protect cells from damage that can cause premature aging and disease. Not only are they an intracellular bodyguard, theyre also a kind of magic bullet if you want to lose weight. Researchers at the University of Florida determined that people who consume more antioxidant-rich foods weigh less even if they dont reduce their caloric intake.
And the best news of all is that among all the superfoods on the market today, berries rise above the fray as one of the richest sources of soluble fiber and antioxidants on the planet.
On your last trek up the Himalayas you might have noticed a small, bright red berry bush that all the Sherpas were raving about. Its called the goji berry and its popularity has raced down the Himalayan Mountains and is now touted around the world.
This raisin-esque berry is chock full of beta-carotene, iron, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and C, along with calcium, phosphorus, selenium, zinc, copper, and chromium. Goji berries, which are also known as wolfberries, have a low glycemic index, so they satiate hunger quickly and quiet those raging food cravings.
Antioxidants in strawberries can help reduce the levels of insulin and blood sugar in your system. Too much blood sugar forces your system to over produce insulin which transports the excess sugar to your fat cells. When you reduce the blood sugar in your system, theres no excess sugar for the insulin to stash in your fat cells. Youll be sweet and svelte in no time!
Although raspberries dont look anything like chili peppers, the ketones in raspberries function like the capsaicin in cayenne and can help burn off belly fat. The fat in our bellies is what puts us at greater risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other devastating diseases.
Even the innocuous looking little blueberry is a giant in the berry world when it comes to weight loss. An antioxidant in blueberries called catechin fires up the fat-burning genes in our abdominal fat cells. As an added bonus, blueberries also fight free radicals that accelerate aging, and they contain a phytonutrient that protects the brain from environmental toxins. So in one fell swoop, you can restore your figure, your youth, and your memory by adding this modest little berry to your diet.
Being berry wise is a great way to help achieve your weight loss goals.
In part four of this series on superfoods and weight loss, well find out what resistant starch is all about.