Slimming Superfoods That Complement the Simply Slender Master Cleanse
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Superfoods are nutritionally dense foods that help prevent diseases, enhance physical and mental development as well as reduce inflammation.
Here are 8 delicious superfoods known to contribute to weight loss and weight control. These are the superfoods that complement the Simply Slender Master Cleanse Detox Diet.
Green Tea and Black Tea
Green or black tea makes for a great start in the morning. An 8oz cup of green or black tea without sugar has just 2 calories. But more importantly, both teas have flavonoids and polyphenols that contribute to weight loss and aid in weight management.
A 2009 study conducted in the Netherlands found that Catechins or Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), a type of flavonoid found in green tea, in combination with caffeine had a small positive effect on weight loss and weight management. EGCG in green tea increased a hormone called Norepinephrine which is used by the nervous system to break down fat cells.
Not to be outdone, a recent UCLA study found that black tea also helped in weight loss by enhancing the growth of good bacteria in the gut and encouraged the “formation of microbial metabolites involved in the regulation of energy metabolism.”
Acai berries are actually not a berry, but a drupe. They taste like a cross between a blackberry and dark chocolate. This delicious fruit is also rich in monounsaturated fats (the good kind) and antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight off free radicals that can damage cells. According to Healthline, the antioxidant content of foods is measured using an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score. One hundred grams of frozen Acai pulp contains an ORAC score of 102,700 while the same amount of wild raw blueberries has a score of 9,621. It boasts the highest phytochemical content of any fruit or vegetable on the market.
But be wary of Acai bowls sold in some stores and restaurants. These could contain hidden sugars – around 50 grams or more of it in just one bowl! So be sure to check to make sure you’re getting an unsweetened acai product.
Just 50 grams of Acai pulp has 26 grams of dietary fiber. That’s the amount of fiber you need in a day! Fiber stays in your stomach longer, making you feel full longer after your meal.
This relative newcomer is often found in most U.S. supermarkets dried or in concentrate juice form. A 1/4 cup serving of Goji berries contains 90 calories and 4 grams of dietary fiber. A pilot study in 2011 found that participants who consumed concentrated goji berry juice increased their metabolic rate (ability to burn calories) after 1 hour by 10% and reduced their waist circumference compared to the control group.
We already mentioned that blueberries were rich in antioxidants but they’re also a great weight loss food. A recent study by the Harvard Medical School found that high flavonoid fruits and berries contribute to weight control and can prevent weight gain. Animal studies have shown that blueberries can decrease belly fat and reduce metabolic diseases.
One cup of blueberries has 85 calories and is a great snack alternative for when the hunger pangs strike.
Why not have half a grapefruit with every meal? Just half of this sweet and tart citrus is only 52 calories. Grapefruit is packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin A and 2 grams of dietary fiber to keep you feeling fuller longer. A 2006 12-week study found that participants who ate half a grapefruit at the start of every meal lost an average 3.6 pounds compared to the 1 pound lost by participants who didn’t have grapefruit with their meals. Researchers think that plant compounds in grapefruit may be responsible for helping lower insulin levels as well. They theorized that the smaller the amount of insulin in the blood, the better the body uses food for energy rather than storing it as fat.
This classic breakfast has been recognized by scientists for its multiple health benefits. A 2016 study concluded that wholegrain oats helped in the weight management of overweight diabetic patients. Another 12-week study conducted by Taiwanese researchers found that oats “reduced obesity, abdominal fat, and improved lipid profiles and liver functions”.
You will also enjoy the benefits of lowered total cholesterol levels, reduced high blood pressure risk, type 2 diabetes and future weight gain. So why not enjoy a bowl of wholegrain oatmeal with a few slices of banana or a few blueberries sprinkled on top for a tasty superfood duo breakfast.
Dark chocolate may not directly help you lose weight but having a treat on occasions has been shown to help with your overall weight loss goals. Having a sweet treat every now and then helps keep cravings in check.
Dark Chocolate, 70% or greater, has more flavanols. These natural compounds have an antioxidant effect to help lower blood pressure and lessen the risk for diabetes. So the next time you feel the need for some chocolate, skip the milk chocolate and reach for the darker variety. They’re better for you!
Kale is one of the most nutrient-packed vegetables there is. Just a cup of the green stuff has 33 calories and more than your Recommended Daily Allowance for Vitamin A, K, and C. Kale is low fat with the majority of the fat coming from heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Kale is also a versatile green to add to soups, smoothies, and salads. Spritz olive oil, sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on kale leaves and bake in the oven until crispy for some delicious kale chips to snack on.
These 8 superfoods alongside Simply Slender Master Cleanse can help you reach your weight loss goals. Start making YOU your own priority. Start the Simply Slender Master Cleanse Detox Diet today!
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