The 7 superfoods in this article not only have weight loss properties but supreme health benefits that make them ideal members in any healthy weight loss regime.
Pollen, around 40% protein with a staggering composition of nutrients,
enzymes and phytochemicals, is a virtually complete food. As well as a
plethora of health benefits, it is said to stimulate the metabolism,
speeding up the burning of calories, and its high content of lecithin
can help to flush fat from the body.
Bee pollen also functions as
an appetite suppressant, containing the amino acid phenylalanine that
is known to effect the area of the brain that deals with feelings of
hunger and fullness.
Unlike the chemical manmade derivative of
phenylalanin called phenylpropanolamine used in commercial weight-loss
products, phenylalanin is not addictive and has no negative side
effects. Bee pollen also satiates the appetite and eliminates cravings
because it is so nutrient-dense.
ingredient in chilli called capsaicin is a thermogenic agent which helps
to increase metabolism and the burning of calories and fat. This is why
capsaicin is found in many natural weight loss formulas. Capsaicin is
also believed to be an appetite suppressant. Two studies led by the same
Japanese researcher (Yoshioka et al., British Journal of Nutrition;
1998, 1999), revealed the ability of cayenne to increase the metabolism
of dietary fats in women as well as demonstrate modest reductions in
In addition to weight loss properties, capsaicin has
been shown to relieve pain, sinusitis, psoriasis, migraines and
arthritis, improve circulation and stomach conditions and inhibit the
growth of cancer cells.
Dr. Weston A Price,
the Darwin of nutrition writes, ‘Replacing the fats you now eat with
coconut oil may be the wisest decision you can make to lose excess body
fat...You can lose unwanted body fat by eating more saturated fat (in
the form of coconut oil) and less polyunsaturated fat (processed
vegetable oils). One of the remarkable things about coconut oil is that
it can help you lose weight. Yes, there is a dietary fat that can
actually help you take off unwanted pounds. Coconut oil can quite
literally be called a low-fat fat.'
Coconut oil is unique from
animal saturated fats in that it is comprised of medium chain fatty
acids which are absorbed directly and used immediately for energy.
Raymond Peat MD, author of Coconut Oil and Its Virtues, concludes, ‘The
anti-obesity effect of coconut oil is clear in all of the animal
studies, and in my friends who eat it regularly.'
Coconut oil has
also been found to benefit a myriad of conditions from diabetes,
chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, digestive disorders, thyroid
imbalances, and viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
contain serotonin, a mood enhancing neurotransmitter with a calming
influence. Serotonin also plays a role in the feelings of satiation one
experiences after eating, hence functions as an appetite suppressant. It
is for this reason that serotonin supplements have been designed to
tackle food cravings and aid slimming.
shown a direct link between obesity (due to overeating) and decreased
brain levels of serotonin. This is no doubt one reason why the nettle
has a traditional reputation for improving weight-loss. The late
naturalist and wild-food forager Euel Gibbons claims, ‘stinging nettle
is very efficacious in removing unwanted pounds!'.
incredibly mineral dense and cleansing and detoxifying for the body.
They are also great for skin, hair and nails as they contain the
beautifying mineral sulphur.
Cacao (aka pure
chocolate), contains chemicals that increase levels of serotonin in the
brain, and as such has appetite suppressing properties. The reason
serotonin levels are raised on eating chocolate is because of the action
of monoamine oxidase enzyme inhibitors (MAO inhibitors). These decrease
our body's ability to break down serotonin so that more of this
neurotransmitter remains in the brain remains, creating feelings of
fullness for longer.
Cacao is also exceptionally high in
antioxidants, has potent aphrodisiac properties, healthy minerals and
mood-boosting compounds such as PEA the ‘love chemical'.
unrefined chocolate contains none of the detriments of commercial
products such as sugar, hydrogenated fats, milk, additives,
agro-chemicals and solvents.
A study published
in the December 1999 issue of the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, led by Dr. Dullo at the University of Geneva, indicates that
substances in green tea extract may actually promote weight loss. Men
given a combination of both caffeine and green tea extract burned more
fat calories than those given caffeine or placebo alone.
scientists believed that the catechin flavonoids in green tea may alter
the body's use of norepinephrine, a chemical transmitter in the nervous
system, to increase the rate of calorie burning. They concluded, ‘Green
tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that
explained by its caffeine content per se'.
Green tea is a potent antioxidant rich superfood that lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of stroke, protects against cancer, prevents teeth cavities and has anti-inflammatory action.
Omega 3 Fish Oil:
oils serve numerous bodily processes and are particularly good for the
immune system and heart as well as arthritis, skin conditions,
pre-menstrual tension, mental function, improving memory and reducing
depressive symptoms. Omega 3 oils also play a role in burning fats within the body and as such can aid weight-management.
is due to its effects on insulin, reducing levels in the body. Insulin
promotes the use of fat for storage and reduces the use of fat for fuel,
hence lower insulin levels mean greater conversion of fat for energy
rather than storage.
The best Omega-3 oil sources are oily fish
like sardines, salmon and mackerel. Plant sources include flaxseeds (the
richest plant source), walnuts, pumpkin seeds, green leafy vegetables,
evening primrose oil, wheat germ and spirulina.