Opinions seem to change on foods everyday. One day a food is good for you, one day it is bad for you. In recent research, some of the foods once thought to be bad for you and that many people avoided, may actually help you lose weight!
Eggs: I love eggs http://www.enc-online.org/! They are not only packed with a variety of nutrients, but are also very versatile and very affordable. Although the yolk once got a bad reputation for the cholesterol it contains, the yolk is actually a great source of zinc, iron, vitamin A, vitamin D, and choline. For those of you who have never heard of choline, it actually may help reduce breast cancer risk and is important for brain function and health. Eggs also help fill you up with its high protein content meaning you are less likely to overeat later!
Bananas: I think every person and every athlete should include a banana in their diets everyday. Bananas are a great source of potassium, vitamin C, and B6. They also contain a type of dietary fiber that is known as resistant starch. Your body cannot absorb this starch tending to fill you up quicker. Some research has even shown that resistant starch has been linked to an increase in post meal fat burning. Be sure to choose a greener banana because once it turns yellow, the starch inside has broken down and is no longer resistant to digestion.
Coconut Oil: Many people avoid coconut due to its high content of saturated fat, but it’s a different kind of saturated fat known as MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides). These fats are metabolized in the body quicker and are more readily used as fuel meaning they are rarely stored as fat. Research has shown that when women’s diets were supplemented with 2 Tbsp of coconut oil per day had a reduction in abdominal obesity and helped increase HDL (happy) cholesterol levels.
Beef: Recent research has shown that in the grass fed varieties of beef contain a high amount of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acids), which are associated with lower body fat percentages. Beef is a very nutrient dense food, meaning it has a lot of vitamins and minerals for the number of calories it contains. You’d be hard pressed to find many foods that have the nutrient profile of red meat, packed in protein, B-vitamins, selenium, iron, and zinc.
Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods and one of my go to snack foods! PB contains heart healthy monounsaturated fat and also helps regulate appetite. Make sure you skip the reduced fat varieties because during processing the good fats are taken out and are replaced with sweeteners to compensate for the missing fats. Remember, one serving is equal to 2 Tbsp!