New bod, who dis? Dieting can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be. I’ll tell you this much, it does not have to be salads all day every day. Nor do you have to starve yourself… Devil Wears Prada anyone?
There is so much misinformation out there that the word “diet” gets such a bad name. Your diet should really just be about fueling your body with the food you need to reach the goals that you want. Whether that’s to lose weight, gains weight, get tons of gains, etc. It should never be about starvation or being miserable. But at the end of the day, You can look great and have your donuts too (80/20 rule).
A diet is comprised of a goal, a plan and some food.
- Goal – weight loss, weight gain, build muscle, feel better
- Plan – the how. what changes can be made?
- Food – tackling fuel baby. what you put into your body will dictate how you feel, how you perform and how you’re “moving” towards your goal
Are there some foods that might be slightly better than others? Sure, I believe so. Doesn’t mean it has to be about them all the time. What I want to do is open you up to some power foods for weight loss. By slowing incorporating them into your diet, your future self will be thanking you. So lets dive into these power foods for weight loss…
First though… lets set a foundation.
Step one to implementing a rock solid diet is to do a full 100% audit of your current diet. I normally recommend 10 – 14 days on consistent tracking/logging. Don’t cheat yourself. Do everything you normally would and track honestly. This will provide you with the full picture of what has gotten you to where you are.
Now that you know what’s going on, we can start incorporating some of the following foods, slowly. Unless you already are, in which case… YOU’RE AWESOME!
First of all … protein! Muscle helps to burn fat and protein is very important to those shiny muscles. A serving of quinoa has about 7g of protein. It also has about 6g of fiber per, which is great for keeping us regular and also good for keeping our blood sugar levels leveled (leveled bro!).
Lastly, quinoa is rich in eight essential amino acids, and vitamins and minerals like magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, iron and B12 – both of which are crucial to energy levels (more levels brah!). So get your quinoa in. I hear that it’s versatile and can be used in baking some delicious treats.
Keep It Spicy – Cayenne Pepper or Chili Peppers
Some of you may hate spicy food, so feel free to skip right over this. For those of you heat addicts, then this one is right up your alley – and chances are you’re already dabbling. But if you’re not, you should dabble more.
Both contain a little substance called capsaicin. Studies have shown that it can help suppress appetite and increase fat burning.
Eggs – Not Just the Whites
Man, eggs have been demonized so much over the years. “Wahhh, they’re bad for your cholesterol. Wahhh!!”. Shut up!
First of all, studies have begun to show that eating eggs does not affect blood cholesterol or lead to heart attacks. Sunny side up or scrambled?
Eggs contain Lutein and Zeaxanthine, antioxidants that can protect the eyes. They’re loaded with choline, a brain nutrient that about 90% of people aren’t getting enough of (strong mind, strong body). If you can, get pasteurized/omega-3 enriched eggs. So overall, eggs are packed with nutrients, vitamins and are the best bang for your buck.
Now we’re talking, huh? The good stuff. Listen, if you like milk chocolate, then we just can’t be friends. I’m just not a fan.
So we’re talking at the very minimum of 65%. The higher the cacao content, the better.
First of all, it’s packed with fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese. Even better than that, it contains a wide range of antioxidants. In one study, cacao scored higher than even blueberries and acai when it came to antioxidant capacity, polyphenol content and total flavanol content.
Dark chocolate has been shown to raise good cholesterol, lower blood pressure and help boost your brain’s power. All in moderation of course! See… not only salads. So get some dark chocolate in your regimen.
And that’s it! I’m going to cut it right here. I’ll be back next week with more to the list. And more power foods for weight loss that you can incorporate.