With today's many diet plans and fads flooding the bookstores and health food websites, it can be difficult to know which weight loss foods you should be eating to maintain a healthy weight. Whether you're looking for a prefab meal collection from a box or you're yearning for healthy, organic foods, there are a large range of foods available for anyone who wants to lose weight or simply stave off the upward swing in weight that normally occurs as we age. Those willing to take time to look for these foods and then prepare them properly will be surprised at the results they will obtain while eating them.
While selecting great weight loss foods, it is important to remember the need to attain satiety while eating. What is satiety? Well, it's a point at which the brain decides that you have taken in enough of a food or foods and you are now no longer hungry. Certain fats allow satiety to take place while most carbohydrates do not. An example of a healthy fat to eat for satiety is found in avocados. One avocado can contain 30 grams of fat! Most people try to avoid fats while trying to lose weight and don't realize that some fats are actually good fats. Avocados contain a monounsaturated fat that not only is perfectly healthy, unlike saturated fats (animal fats), but does a great deal to promote satiety while eating. So when you decide to make a side salad, consider a healthy serving of avocado on top of the salad to help fight off hunger pains later.
Since we're on the topic of healthy foods and in the last paragraph 'healthy fats', we should try to keep in mind a wonderful polyunsaturated fat called olive oil. Not only is olive oil a great oil to sauté your vegetables in, it also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both essential in the human body. In most cases, we produce and are able to take in plenty of omega-6 fatty acid, but the omega-3 fatty acid is more difficult to obtain. Because olive oil along with certain types of fish is among just a few natural sources, our diet should be rich in these. Not only does a healthy balance of the omega fatty acids help to control weight, but research has shown that omega-3 may also help to reduce the risk of heart disease. So if you like the taste of foods that have been cooked in oil, try a tablespoon of olive oil.
If you don't want to let go of red meat, you're not alone. Unfortunately, over the past few decades, doctors have asked patients with high cholesterol or issues with weight to avoid red meat. Thirty years ago there was good reason for this suggestion, since red meat at that time very commonly contained large amounts of animal fat. Saturated fats such as animal fat are thought to contribute to high levels of triglycerides in the blood which in turn can contribute to plaque build-up in the blood vessels known as atherosclerosis. However, with today's steaks and other cuts of meats being available in much leaner forms, there are plenty of red meat options available for everyone. For example, a trip to the local meat market could be an educational experience in the cuts and types of beef. Some cuts are considered so lean that as little as 5% fat remains. So what can you do with this small amount of remaining fat? If it is steak, try grilling the meat, which is known to remove at least ½ of the residual fat, thereby reducing your fat intake to less than 3% per serving. A bonus to this is the fact that red meat can be one of the many weight loss foods because more energy is expended by the body to break down the meat that is collected in the body by fat content. No one would have thought just three decades ago that red meat was actually one of the great weight loss foods.
Remember the commercials about the 'incredible, edible egg?' This commercial met some resistance in the early 1990's as some doctors and researchers began to question the amount of cholesterol found in eggs. For several years many people began to avoid eggs and opted instead for egg substitutes that contained only egg white and some yellow coloring. Thankfully, recent research suggests that the cholesterol found in eggs is actually much lower than previously thought and there is no correlation between eating eggs and heart disease. As a matter of fact, eggs are just one of the great weight loss foods that help to trim weight while providing satiety and helping to keep your blood sugar even.