The 5 best superfoods for weight loss

Superfoods are becoming more popular as an additional supplement to help with weight loss, and there is a growing body of evidence that they work.

Here is our list of the five most effective ones, in alphabetical order:

Chia seeds

A great source of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron and antioxidants, the unprocessed wholegrain form of the seeds can help to keep blood sugar levels balanced, and can reduce feelings of hunger. The seeds expand in your stomach, which can also help you to feel fuller for longer. The nutty tastes makes them the perfect sprinkle for your cereal or salads, and they can also be added to your protein shakes.

Freekeh

This is a superfood that is becoming more popular, but still not widely known. Freekeh is a wheat grain, similar to quinoa or bulgur wheat. It contains four times the amount of fibre in brown rice, which helps you to feel fuller for longer, and as it is a low GI food, it helps to keep you energised for several hours. It contains lutein and zeaxanthin which are carotenoids that may improve eye health, as well as being a good source of calcium, iron and zinc. Try it as a substitute for rice!

Goji berries

Commonly used in China and Tibet for centuries, this sweet red fruit contains 22 minerals, including zinc, iron and calcium, 11 amino acids, which are excellent for muscle development and losing fat, as well as B and E vitamins which can help to break down fats and convert carbohydrates into energy. They are low in calories, and high in antioxidants. Grab a handful as a healthy snack!

Green tea

Gaining in popularity these days, you can simply substitute your regular cup of tea for green tea. It’s packed with catechins, which are powerful antioxidants. Interestingly, it contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which helps to prevent the breakdown of norepinephrine, the hormone that can trigger fat cells to break down. Studies have also shown that people who drink green tea burn more calories during exercise.

Seaweed

Scientists at Newcastle University found that seaweed contains a compound called alginate that can help to prevent fat absorption in the body. Even a small daily amount reduced people’s fat intake by as much as a third. If you don’t like the flavour of sea kelp by itself, it is also available in powdered form or tablets.

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