Lucknow: Many of us dream of that slim waist we see in TV commercials and boardings and to get that we do all the things those models tell us to do. From buying their product to starving ourselves to death and sweating profusely in the gym, we do all but don’t get that promised results. But now we have learnt about some magical food combinations that will not only fill you up, fight bloating but will also help you burn fat to maximize your weight-loss efforts, while you munch on delicious food.
So, first of all it’s important to choose your ingredients well, while you are eating calorie consciously. Here are seven meal options that can give you desired result and speed up your weight loss:
Mixing up two ingredients can be better than one
It’s often a misconception that only certain foods or specific items can help you slim down faster. While all foods have weight loss benefitting properties, having two foods, or mixing food groups together can help you to attain your goal faster. Pairing the right foods can also help burn calories faster. Not to forget, they add a great load of taste to your plate!
Rice and lentils
Nearly, in all Indian households people grow up eating dal chawal, rajma chawal and continue to relish the same for the rest of their lives. These humble meals make for an excellent weight-loss benefitting combination. While pulses and lentils are rich in proteins and help achieve satiety, adding rice can make for a good energy-giving carb source. You can also switch up the taste, by having quinoa or daliya!
Oatmeal topped with nuts and seeds
Having oatmeal the right way by topping oatmeal with quality ingredients and without any sugar source can make the food option even better. Make sure that you are adding fibre and antioxidants rich nuts and seeds, such as almonds, walnuts, chia seeds to the same. You can also go for some yoghurt with fruits and nuts.
Green tea and lemon
Green tea can be a good detoxifier and low-calorie drink that is packed with catechins and other rich antioxidants. Having as many as 3-4 cups a day can do wonders in stabilizing blood pressure and keep weight in check.
If you add lemon juice to it, it can increase its benefits multifolds. Adding lemon, in a drink can help absorb the nutrients better and make it taste even better!
Vegetables with paneer and chicken
Not only is it important to have healthy veggies on a daily basis, but a lot of veggies also weigh low on carbs and great for weight loss. Whenever you include veggies in your meal, do remember to add a nutrition-rich protein source to it, such as paneer, tofu or simply chicken! Paired with non-starchy, fibre-rich veggies, they make for a wholesome meal that delivers great benefits.
Coffee with cinnamon
While many people love drinking coffee but they do not really know about the advantages or health benefits of drinking coffee. Yes, you read it right! Along with its yummy taste it also has some benefits that are advantageous for your body. Coffee is one of the favourite low-calorie drinks for weight watchers to have. If you are worried about finding a good sugar substitute, spice up your cuppa joe with a dash of cinnamon. It is loaded with antioxidants and has inflammation-reducing properties, which have been linked to obesity and weight gain.
Cinnamon also contains the satiety hormone, which makes you feel full and even reduces the cravings and hunger pangs, controlling your diet in the long run. There is also the hidden benefit that lies in its aroma. Cinnamon contains the chemical, cinnamaldehyde which when comes in contact with cells boosts the metabolism rate. Thus, cinnamon, used in any form forces the fat cells in the body to keep on burning even when the body stays inactive, which can help a great day in fighting obesity.
Potatoes with pepper
Potatoes have a bad reputation for being a carb-laden source which makes you fat. That’s not completely true. You will be surprised to learn that potatoes are more fibre-rich than oatmeal or brown rice. Not only can potatoes, if had in moderation, release energy and keep you fuller, teaming up potatoes with pepper seasoning can also speed up your weight loss mission. Pepper contains an essential extract, piperin which lowers cholesterol and speeds up weight loss.
Remember to have smaller portions, and toss them in a healthy oil source, or bake them if you prefer. In a similar manner, pairing up chicken with cayenne pepper can also make for an excellent combination that is worth trying.
Eggs with coconut oil
Eggs are considered to contain maximum protein, Omega-3 and multivitamins along with that it also has the properties that can keep diabetes at bay. Consume one egg a day in order to reduce weight. Now, if you are worried about the extra fat substituted by butter, try preparing your eggs in coconut oil. A traditionally-used fat source in Indian kitchens, coconut oil contains MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides) which doesn’t raise cholesterol extensively and doles benefits for your overall health.