Anyone’s who’s ever tried to diet will know it’s a constant struggle not to give in and just have a Mars Bar.
But nutritionists claim that by eating certain superfoods, you can battle these urges and successfully lose weight.
FEMAIL asked two London-based weight loss experts for their top 10 superhealthy suppers that will fill you up – and help you shed the pounds.
Eating salmon will make you feel fuller for longer, making you less likely to snack in between meals, says Superfood UK nutritionist Shona Wilkinson.
‘Salmon is a great superfood to help with weight management. It’s an oily fish and is packed full of omega-3 essential fatty acids,’ she explains.
‘Studies link weight loss to omega 3 fatty acids as the oils from the oily fish, such as salmon, appear to enhance weight loss by increasing fat metabolism.
‘Salmon also has the great benefit of being a lean source of protein. The protein content will help with your appetite by making you feel fuller for longer.’
Quinoa helps combat cravings for sugar, according to London-based nutritionist Lily Soutter.
‘This gluten-free carbohydrate is packed full of protein.’ she says.
‘When protein is combined with a carbohydrate, it slows the rate at which the sugar from the carbohydrate enters the blood stream.
‘This is great for balancing blood sugar, reducing cravings for sugary ‘quick fixes’, and keeping us satiated. All of which are essential for weight loss.’
Broccoli is not only low in calories, it contains naturally-occurring chemicals which have an ability to break down fats in the body, according to Shona.
‘Broccoli is a great choice to help with weight loss mainly because it is so low in calories. It’s also high in fibre and water – this helps create bulk without the calories.
‘The fibre helps make you feel full and also slows down digestion, which is a great way to help you to stop snacking.
‘If that’s not enough, broccoli also contains several micronutrients. These are known to help support weight loss.
‘One of the main ones is chromium which helps balance your blood sugar levels and prevent those pangs of hunger.
‘Broccoli also contains phytochemicals, which have the ability to help breakdown fats. Eat plenty of broccoli every day!’
4. COCONUT OIL
Swap oil for coconut oil, which your body will use as instant fuel rather than storing it as far, says Lily.
‘Coconut oil is made up of unique fats called medium chain triglycerides, which have been shown to boost metabolism.
‘They are utilised by the body as an instant source of fuel in favour of being stored as fat.
‘These are two great reasons to eat more fat to lose fat. And coconut oil can be used within cooking or even topically as an anti-bacterial, anti-viral or as an anti-fungal agent.’
Source: Daily Mail UK