Lentils are packed with protein, which helps keep you full.
Another legume is included on my list for best food for weight loss: lentils.
Lentils are the highest source of plant protein. Almost 30% of calories in lentils come from protein. Protein, like fiber, keeps you full and satisfied until your next meal. Protein is slower to digest than carbohydrates, like fat. But unlike fat, it it doesn’t put you in danger of gaining weight.
Fat has 9 calories per gram. Protein only has 4 calories per gram. So every gram of protein you eat will keep you full like fat. But it only has half the calories.
How to include lentils into your diet
Lentils can be added to breakfast, lunch or dinner. Brits and Australians love baked beans on toast. Lentils on toast is just as yummy with extra protein. It’s a hearty way to start the day.
Lentils can be added to lunch and dinner in a variety of ways. Top a salad off with lentils to make it a meal instead of a side. Throw lentils into a vegetable soup. Make lentil burgers.
I love to replace ground beef for lentils in recipes. Try making a lentil loaf or replacing ground beef with lentils in a marinara sauce.
9. Flax Seeds
Flax will keep you chipper and add a small amount of healthy fat to your diet.
You’ll probably be surprised to find a seed on this list. After all, seeds are high in fat.
Flax seeds make the list of foods to help lose weight because of their omega ratios. Flax seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids compared to omega-6 fatty acids.
Both omega-3 and omega-6 are essential. You can’t live without them. But it is possible to have too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3.
A proper ratio of omega-3’s to omega-6 will ensure you stay happy. If you’re happy, you’ll be more likely to stick with your weight loss efforts than if you were depressed.
In addition, flax seeds serve as a small portion of healthy fat. Fat helps you absorb fat-soluble nutrients in your food.
How to include flax into your diet
Include 1-2 tablespoons of flax into your diet each day. Grind them up fresh before each use. You don’t want to buy pre-ground flax-meal.
I typically grind up flax and sprinkle them on my main meal for the night. It’s easy when a meal includes a soup, salad or other moist dish. The flax seeds can be mixed right in at the end.
Up your omega 3 and decrease your cholesterol by using flax as an egg replacement. Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax with 2 tablespoons of water for each egg in a recipe. Use as a binder in baking and cooking.