Some people may want to lost weight to achieve a more active lifestyle. Some might feel it gives them more body-confidence. For others, being overweight may feed into health problems such as foot and ankle pain, which in turn can make exercise and activity difficult, leading to more weight gain. If exercise is a challenge at the start of your weight-loss program, you might want to kick start it with a change in diet. And where better to start than ‘Superfoods’? They’re defined by Merriam-Webster as ‘foods rich in compounds beneficial to a person’s health’, and we’ve gathered a handful of the best for weight-loss.
Oats are a great source of fibre, which helps us feel fuller for longer and less likely to grab sugary or high-fat snacks between meals. They’re also high in something called ‘resistant starch’, which the gut turns to short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). SFCAs can increase levels of hormones that kerb our drive to eat to excess.
There’s a reason avocados have become so popular with the ‘hipsters’ of late. They contain monounsaturated fats, which are in general much healthier than saturated or trans fats. In fact, a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that they have significant benefits in weight loss diets.
Like oats, flaxseeds are full of fibre and can help you feel full on fewer calories. They’re also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which WebMD points out can be very good for the health of your heart.
We tend to think of chocolate as an unhealthy treat, but the ‘super’ qualities of dark chocolate might surprise you. Dark chocolate that’s at least 70% cacao is usually high in monounsaturated fatty acids, like those in avocados. In moderation, it can give an impressive boost to your metabolism. So, replacing that milk chocolate snack with something darker might help a lot with your weight-loss.
Why not accompany your dark chocolate snack with a cup of coffee? Coffee is rich in chlorogenic acid (CGA), which assists in slowing down fat absorption from the food you eat. It also increases your metabolism, helping burn fat for energy. Green coffee beans contain the most CGA, as roasting reduces it.
Now you’ve ‘gone green’ with your coffee; you might want to follow suit with your tea. Green tea is high in catechins, which aid in the conversion of body fat to energy. The caffeine in green tea can also boost your metabolism, though be sure to drink it in moderation, as too much caffeine can cause dizziness, nausea, and other side-effects.
Though a change of diet can have a big impact on your weight, in some cases, painful feet and ankles might prevent the exercise necessary to achieve an optimal BMI (Body Mass Index, or a ratio of weight to height). If you want to break the cycle of unhealthy feet and an unhealthy BMI, you may need to fix your feet, first. It could be as simple as getting expert bunion surgery somewhere like Highgate Hospital, to rid you of your foot pain and get you back on the path to an active and fulfilled lifestyle.