How to make your lunch SUPER [Infographic] by the team at Ethical Superstore
A slender tummy is the thing most people covet but getting a trim torso is nothing if not a challenge. Lots of sweat and tears go into to getting washboard abs and stars like Millie Mackintosh and Suki Waterhouse with stomachs to die for spend hours on end working out.
Exercise and toning have important roles to play in weight loss and creating the perfect tummy. However, what you eat is also important and ‘superfoods’ are believed to help when it comes to creating your new slender torso.
Whether you integrate them into your meal or juice them, superfoods are a great way to give your body the kickstart it needs on its way to tummy perfection. Here is a roundup of a few of the top foods for weight loss.
Bananas are filled with resistant starch, which is known to aid weight loss, fill you up, and help your metabolism. A great way to get more of them into your life is through juicing. Juice with a granny smith apple, five mango chunks, one handful of pomegranate seeds, 2 full sized carrots, two handfuls of spinach, two celery stalks and one cucumber for a superfood-filled juice. Pomegranates are powerful antioxidants, as is spinach. The latter also contains vitamin C, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.
Avocado is not often associated with weight loss, as it is a high calorie food. However, more than two-thirds of calories in avocado come from monounsaturated oleic acid, which is believed to be used as a slow burning energy source in the body. This is beneficial for giving you the energy you need to work out and get those abs you always wanted. What’s more, they’re filled with omega-9 fats, which help with absorbing fat soluble vitamins and antioxidants from food they are eaten with. Create an avocado and pinto bean salad for a healthy meal. The avocado will help absorb the antioxidants from the pinto beans.
3. Coconut oil
If you’re trying to achieve the perfect slender stomach, you should start cooking with coconut oil. It is made up almost entirely of medium chain fatty acids, which are sent straight to the liver from the digestive tract to be used almost straight away as energy or ketone bodies. Coconut oil is also thermogenic and increases energy expenditure, helping with fat burning.
When we’re trying to lose weight it is tempting to get rid of dairy entirely. However, this means we miss out on much needed calcium. Research has suggested that those who get their calcium from yoghurt rather than other sources can lose more weight around their midsection – perfect if you’re aiming for a slender stomach. Introduce yoghurt into your breakfast routine, pouring it over oats and fruit.
Salmon has lots of protein and monounsaturated fats, which aid weight loss and fat burning. It’s also a filling meal option and can be teamed with lots of greens. Alternatively, have a warm salmon salad for a lunch with a twist.