SMC Information Series… 5 Lean Foods for Weight Loss

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Losing weight, attacking the body composition, is largely about focus, habits and knowledge. Losing weight involves a combination of regular exercise and eating the right foods. A plan which incorporates both of these elements will not only help you achieve your weight loss goals, but it will also dramatically increase your energy levels. Lean proteins and complex carbohydrates are especially beneficial in that they keep you feeling full and have high nutritional value.

Here are some excellent foods which will help with weight loss:

Egg Whites
For years, eggs have been wrongly dismissed as unhealthy because of the saturated fat in the yolk; however, the fact remains that they are an excellent source of protein. A boiled egg contains only two grams of saturated fat but if you want to eliminate saturated fat from your diet, you can have the egg whites, which are fat free. Whole eggs or egg whites for breakfast can help you to feel full for longer.

Lentils
A single cup of lentils provides 35 percent of your iron for the day; that iron content helps to provide energy for exercise since iron is an important component of the hemoglobin in your red blood cells. Their fiber also helps to lower your blood sugar. Aside from that, lentils are fat free and contain complex carbohydrates that slow down digestion and prevent your body from storing fat.

Apples
In addition to being compact and portable, apples come with a number of benefits for those seeking to lose weight. In addition to being low in fat and carbohydrates, one study published in the journal Appetite found that apples can suppress appetite due to their pectin and soluble fiber content.

Tuna
Along with offering a variety of important nutrients, tuna has a lot of protein. As with egg white, the protein in tuna helps to keep you feeling full for longer. Tuna also contains much less fat and calories compared to other protein sources like beef or chicken. One serving of tuna packed in water contains 73 calories but beware of adding mayonnaise; a single tablespoon contains more calories than the serving of tuna.

Oatmeal
Along with its cholesterol-lowering benefits, this super food has a lot of fiber, which can help you to feel full. Because oatmeal contains complex carbohydrates, it does not spike blood sugar as high as foods with refined carbohydrates. The result is that insulin levels do not spike as high either; this can help to keep your body from storing fat.

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Weight loss can often be a challenging event and people will spend years struggling unsuccessfully to attain their goals, improve their life. What I ALWAYS suggest (quite vehemently at times) is working with a personal trainer for a minimum of 6 months. During this period of time you will not only drastically improve your health but there are 4 other essential benefits:

1. You will gain a physical skill set which will always allow you to be comfortable in any gym.

2. You will have nutrition knowledge about what foods to eat and when to eat these foods.

3. Accountability – “Yes, I will be at the gym…”

4. Forming habits – Eating well and going to the gym become the norm instead of the exception to the rule.
This 6 month commitment with a personal trainer will be the best thing you can do for yourself. It will improve your quality of life for all your days to come (and hopefully there are a lot of them).

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