Eating these foods as part of your daily diet, according to various doctors and dietitians, will aid in your quest for weight loss and overall self-improvement.
As far as anyone can remember, we - humans - have had various goals. We wish to build a wholly energy independent global community, end poverty and disease, and oh! be healthier. We all wish to be a little healthier, don't we?
The average person spends thousands of dollars a year trying to achieve optimal well-being. We all, for the most part, wish and often tirelessly work towards weight loss. Others work to build tighter, stronger muscles, and so on.
Experts have often insisted that coupled with physical exercise, what we eat also plays a vital role in our present and future mental and physical well-being prospects.
A recent questionnaire sent out to various health experts by Yahoo asked one simple question: What are the best foods to eat when working towards a healthier mind and body?
The following are the results:
"Many don't eat protein first thing in the morning," says Sunny Brigham, MBA, MS, CNS. "Then they'll have a little at lunch and a huge influx at dinner. Several studies show we can only digest and absorb about 20-25 grams of protein at a time. So, if someone is really only eating protein at dinner, they aren't getting enough in throughout the day."
Fact: Healthy protein intake supports muscle structure, liver and kidney function, and your metabolism. "Working to get in anywhere from 10-20 grams of protein at breakfast will boost the metabolism and satiate hunger until lunch," says Bingham. "Good options would be free-range organic eggs, oatmeal, nuts, nut butter, and a quality protein powder."
Just about all of the weight loss experts we spoke to for this article preached the benefits of eating more eggs. "Studies show that people who eat eggs for breakfast lose more weight than those who eat foods high in carbohydrates in the morning," adds Ross. "Eggs contain valuable nutrients and protein, which helps you feel satisfied so you eat less throughout the day." For more on the benefits of scrambling your breakfast, know that This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Eggs Every Day.
"For starters, all seafood is good to eat if weight loss is your goal," says Rima Kleiner, MS, RD. "Recent studies have shown that eating seafood several times every week can help promote weight loss. Because fish and shellfish tend to be rich in protein with relatively fewer calories than other animal proteins, seafood can help you feel satisfied, which may help to curb overeating."
Additionally, seafood is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help reduce inflammation and boost heart and brain health. "When it comes to weight loss and health, more important than what kind of seafood to eat is choosing seafood that has been healthfully prepared and cooked. So say no to fried, and ditch the dishes with calorie-dense sauces."
Experts all single out salmon as a wonderful weight loss food. "Even if you think it's too fishy, there are some tricks you can try [to make it more palatable]," advises Kleiner. "Soaking fish in milk for about 20 minutes prior to cooking can help lessen the fishiness. Also, try squeezing lemon juice over the fish to mask some of the fishy smell or taste. Or, serve topped with a nutritious and delicious sauce, like a tzatziki sauce, teriyaki sauce, or mango salsa."
"Beans are one of the best kept secrets for weight loss," says Lynell Ross. "A one-half cup serving of kidney beans contains about 7 grams of fiber."
According to Ross, all beans and legumes are high in fiber, which will help your digestive tract to work effectively and result in weight loss. "Women should aim for about 21-25 grams of fiber per day, while men need between 30-39 grams," she says.