It’s a smart idea to adopt superfoods for weight loss.
The right superfoods will:
- Deliver powerful nutrients to your body
- Help control your appetite
- Keep you fuller for longer
However, there are so many superfoods to choose from.
It can be difficult to sort through the clutter.
This is why I’ve created this list of the most powerful Nigerian superfoods for weight loss.
But first, let’s clear something up.
What exactly is a superfood?
A super food is just regular food that is extremely dense in nutrients.
In other words, superfoods provide lots of nutrients without adding a lot of calories.
That being said, not all superfoods support weight loss.
In this post, we’ll be focused only on superfoods for weight loss.
The Best Nigerian Superfoods for Weight loss
Research has shown that consuming as little as half a grapefruit before a meal is sufficient to encourage weight loss.
This is amazing considering that 1 medium grapefruit contains only 100 calories.
Grapefruits also contain a good amount of fiber and will have you feeling full for a very long time.
Simply put, no other fruit promotes fat loss as much as grapefruit does.
I personally love grapefruits and tend to eat them alot whenever the weather is cold.
I know what you’re thinking.
“Isn’t avocado high in fat? how on earth can it be a good superfood for weight loss?”
I used to feel the same way too until I did my research.
Yes, avocado has a good amount of fat. However, it’s good fat. The type of fat that helps your body absorb nutrients better.
It’s also the type of fat that keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
Don’t be afraid of eating fat. The right kind of fat is good for your health and essential to weight loss.
See this article for more on the importance of fat for weight loss.
If you’re going keto, this is not the superfood for you.
However, for most other people trying to lose weight, oats are wonderful.
Oats have a unique combination of fiber and protein – the perfect duo for feeling full.
You’ll also feel good when you eat unprocessed oats because unprocessed grains are highly beneficial to the body.
Oats are also very versatile.
They can be eaten as breakfast with some fruit or as lunch with all sorts of Nigerian soups.
Still on the matter of Nigerian soups, Spinach is your friend!
Sprinkle it lavishly into your salads.
Cook it into efo riro or okro.
Make it into a smoothie.
With only 23 calories per 100 grams, it’s almost impossible to go wrong with spinach.
5. Boiled Eggs
When I was little, my mom always made us sandwiches with boiled eggs, sardines, and butter.
It was the highlight of my mornings!
Now, as an adult, I’m thrilled to know that boiled eggs are actually a wonderful superfood for weight loss.
Most of the amazing properties of eggs are found in the yolk.
So don’t believe the hype that yolks are bad for you.
Eat the whole egg and enjoy the appetite reducing benefits of this amazing superfood!
According to Health magazine, plantains are also amazing for weight loss.
This is because they contain healthy carbs that have the potential to help burn fat.
Just be careful not to make your plantains into dodo.
Instead, try roasting in an oven to make it like boli.
You can also enjoy plantains in the form of pottage.
Both options are much healthier than deep frying in oil.
7. Dark Chocolate
Last but certainly not least is my personal favorite – dark chocolates.
The key with eating chocolate for weight loss is to ensure that it’s dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants which are great for overall health.
Dark chocolate also contains lots of fiber which promotes a sense of fullness.
So, instead of reaching for dessert, crumble some dark chocolate over greek yoghurt. YUM!
What’s your favorite?
So, which is your favorite Nigerian superfood for weight loss?
I personally love them all and will be incorporating them into my diet!
Thanks for reading.
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