Ounce for ounce, cheddar packs four times the calories and nine times the fat of skinless chicken breast, which is why I’ve seen new vegetarians gain weight when they trade turkey sandwiches for grilled cheese sandwiches, or rely on pizza and mac and cheese as staples. If you decide to keep dairy in your diet, limit yourself to one cheesy meal per day with a max of one ounce of real, natural, or organic cheese. And stick with 0 percent organic milk or yogurt and plant-based proteins like beans and organic tofu at other meals.
According to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, individuals who follow a vegan diet for approximately 18 weeks shed, on average, four pounds more than those who follow animal-based diets. While this fact is great for anyone looking to lose weight, conversion to a plant-based regimen and weight loss are not always synonymous.
Studies show that people who eat nuts tend to be leaner than those who don’t, and a recent Harvard study revealed that nuts are a top food for driving weight loss. In particular, unshelled pistachios are a great choice, as removing the shells slows you down and seeing evidence of what you’ve eaten may prevent you from reaching for more. In a recent study out of Eastern Illinois University, people who were given unshelled pistachios consumed 41 percent fewer calories than those offered nuts with the shells already removed. With all nuts, be mindful of your portion size, as they’re calorie-dense: a 1-ounce serving of pistachios (49 nuts) contains 157 calories.
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Tea is an ancient beverage that helps boost weight loss and your overall health (1), (2). And you know that green tea, from the plant Camellia sinensis, is one of the most popular and trusted weight loss beverages (3). But scientists have found anti-obesity properties in numerous other herbs, roots, and flowers that you can consume as tea (4). Sure, green tea is amazing for weight loss, and it tops our list. But if green tea is giving you the blues, you can give these other teas a try. This article lists 12 best teas for weight loss – and everything else you need to know to boost it. Swipe up!
Hibiscus tea is obtained from Hibiscus sabdariffa and is a potent antioxidant (8). Also, it does not contain any caffeine. Scientists have found that drinking this tea can help lower blood pressure, and hence, it is good for those suffering from hypertension. Hypertension causes stress, which, in turn, increases toxins in the body, leading to inflammation. And when your body is in a constant state of inflammation, it prevents fat metabolism, and this leads to weight gain. American scientists have also found that it helps lower LDL-cholesterol and improves blood lipid profile (9).
The researchers hypothesize that participants who abstained from animal products dropped significantly more pounds since plant-based foods include loads of filling fiber and slow-to-digest complex carbs. Though more research is needed to confirm these results, the study authors write, "Vegetarian diets appeared to have significant benefits on weight reduction compared to non-vegetarian diets."
Hunger is your body's way of communicating that you need to eat food. Your body gets energy from nutrients in foods. Without energy, your body cannot function, so it's vitally important to pay attention to those cues. Lots of diet foods and strategies are designed to convince your body that you're full, so you eat less and subsequently lose weight. But, over time, eating foods that trick you into feeling full can lead to binging, overeating, and malnutrition. For example, if you eat appetite-suppression crackers all day, you might feel full, but you'll also be depriving yourself of other nutrients. The same goes for sucking on these lollipops all day.
Safe and effective weight loss requires you to eat 500 to 1,000 fewer calories than you burn off daily to lose 1 to 2 pounds weekly. Replacing sugary drinks, such as soda, juices, lemonade and sweetened iced teas, with herbal teas can help you meet your weight-loss calorie needs. For example, replacing two 12-ounce cans of soda with 2 cups of herbal tea reduces your energy intake by 300 calories daily, which should help you shed about 1/2 pound per week.
When it comes to appetite, we have three separate studies all showing benefits of 5-HTP supplementation in obese and prediabetic patients (people who were experiencing early symptoms of diabetes). It should be noted that these studies were all conducted by the same research group, although one other study did note some benefit in women who were just overweight.