The ideal of feminine beauty has changed dramatically from the voluptuous and fleshy to the smaller and skinnier over the last few years, hence, the pressure among women to forego food in order to fit into a perfect size 0 dress or skinny jeans. Some women resort to strict dieting and manic exercising or foregoing food altogether, which results in low weight-related health problems and eating disorders such as anorexia.These are serious signs of physical and mental trouble and women need to know that starving oneself is not the way to go in order to embody the bony kind of beauty endorsed by fashion magazines, TV commercials, and yes, the insecure boyfriends.
Luckily, for those who are serious about losing weight the right and proper way, there are plenty of weight loss foods for women out there that will allow them to eat heartily while managing weight, without physically and emotionally compromising the body. Here are some of the recommended foods for you to keep healthy and strong while keeping the excessive fat away from your body.
1. Grapefruit. In a study by Louisiana State University, scientists discovered that people who ate half a grapefruit three times a day lost 4 pounds in 12 weeks, even without deliberately altering any other part of their diets. Although the mechanism isn’t clear, the researchers speculate that grapefruit’s acidity may slow your rate of digestion, helping keep you full longer.
2. Salmon. Fish isn’t just good for your heart; it’s good for your gut, too. That’s because omega-3 fatty acids help you feel full longer, according to some study. The researchers found that eating foods high in omega-3s increases blood levels of leptin, a hormone that promotes the feeling of being gastronomically satisfied.
3. Full-Fat Cheese. This dairy product is an excellent source of casein protein– one of the best muscle-building nutrients you can eat. What’s more, Danish researchers found that even when men ate 10 ounces of full-fat cheese daily for 3 weeks, their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol didn’t budge.
4. Eggs. Skip the cold cereal: Eating eggs and bacon in the morning can help you control your hunger later in the day. Indiana University scientists determined that dieters who consumed their biggest dose of daily protein at breakfast felt full longer than those who ate more of the nutrient at lunch or dinner, which makes it less likely for people to overeat the rest of the day.
5. Pork Chops. Per gram of protein, pork chops contain almost five times the selenium–an essential mineral that’s linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer–of beef, and twice that of chicken. And Purdue researchers found that a 6-ounce serving daily helped people preserve their muscle while losing weight.
6. Iced Coffee. Coffee reduces your appetite, increases your metabolism, and gives you a shot of antioxidants. A study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior found that the average metabolic rate of people who drink caffeinated coffee is 16 percent higher than that of those who drink decaf. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system by increasing your heart rate and breathing. It is also said that frequent mini servings of caffeine (8 ounces of coffee or less) keep you awake, alert, and focused for longer than a single jumbo one would, according to sleep experts. Start your day with an 8 ounce coffee (the “short” size is available by request at Starbucks) or you may request for a large half caffeine content.