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5 Food Items to Keep Weight Off

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The basic idea of losing weight is to burn the calories that you consume. But it isn’t as simple as one would say it is. Most people resort to dramatic measures to seek instant weight loss – pills, weight loss diet, etc. But they aren’t very helpful when you go off that diet or stop that crazy workout programme. The truth is, you can gain that weight all over again and maybe more. The secret to weight loss is to make small and lasting changes.

Egg Whites

Many studies suggest that eating eggs for breakfast makes you feel full for longer so that you eat less in the next few meals. This is great news if you’re trying to lose weight, as it means you may find it easier to cut calories without feeling hungry. Based on these results, you could expect to lose up to two pounds a month, simply by eating eggs for breakfast.

Red Kidney Beans

Red kidney beans are extremely healthy. They contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals that are absolutely essential for the human body. They are also incredibly useful when it comes to weight loss and weight control, because they are low in calories, high in protein and are a very rich source of fibre.

Low Fat Yoghurt

Yoghurt is the ultimate way to manage hunger. Adding one or two servings of yoghurt to your daily diet can help maximize loss of fat and minimize loss of muscle.

Grapes

Next time you’re craving a snack, avoid the potato chips and pick up a bunch of grapes instead. Grapes are healthy and natural, and can satisfy a hungry stomach while providing nutritional benefits. Grapes have a natural diuretic and laxative effect, which helps in reducing water and waste weight. They also improve cardiovascular health, and optimize the body’s metabolism for weight loss.

Chilled Water

Let’s figure out exactly what you’re burning when you drink a 16-ounce (0.5 litres) glass of ice water:

The temperature of ice water can be estimated at 0 °C.

Body temperature can be estimated at 37 °C.

It takes one calorie to raise the temperature of 1 g of water by 1 °C.

There are 473.18 g in 16 fluid ounces of water.

So in case of a 16-ounce glass of ice water, your body must raise the temperature of 473.18 g of water from 0 °C to 37°C. In doing so, your body burns 17.5 calories. Now let’s say you adhere to the ‘eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day’. To warm-up all that water, your body burns 70 calories. And over time, those 70 calories a day add up.

Even though cold water as against warm water helps in burning the extra calories and seems like an easy option to lose weight, it should not be substituted for exercise or a healthy diet.

 

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