10 foods to fill you up but help you to lose weight at the same time. They aren’t all vegetables!

The age-old misconception of a diet is that you need to eat less in order to lose weight. However, by simply eating smaller and less frequent meals, you may in fact be depriving your body of some much-needed nutrition, compromising your immune system and causing you to fall sick more often.

Any weight loss experienced through this method is unsustainable and unhealthy! Nowadays, it’s more widely known that in order to lose weight, you shouldn’t be eating less, but rather you should be eating more of the right things. We bring you through the various foods that can help you lose weight without the hunger pangs.

Beans and legumes

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Packed with proteins and fiber, beans and legumes fill you up faster, reducing the chances of you overeating them. They also contain resistant starch, a type of starch that doesn’t get digested and hence absorbed by the body. Some studies have shown that adding resistant starch to your diet would not only decrease body fat, but also has a whole plethora of health benefits like reducing the risk of diabetes and heart diseases. [1]

1. Black beans

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Just 100 grams of black beans contain 21 grams of protein and 16 grams of fibre! They also contain no cholesterol at all. If you’re in a hurry, you can try preparing them with avocado and lime in this quick recipe and have it as a side or pack it as your entire meal.

2. Kidney beans

In 100 grams of kidney beans, there is 24 grams of protein, 25 grams of fibre and no cholesterol to boot. However, take note that kidney beans should always be cooked and prepared, and never eaten raw. For a healthy but delicious dinner or supper, use kidney beans in this dish along with chicken breast, peppers, garlic and brown rice.

3. Lentils

Lentils are gaining popularity as a health food, primarily because they are able to absorb a lot of flavours used in preparation, making it easier for those just getting started on healthier diets to get into. Salt your water, and don’t be afraid to add some flavour with crushed garlic, herbs or onions while they are boiling. Don’t leave them unflavoured, and give them some zest with red wine vinegar, spices, herbs, or any healthy but tasty dressing of your choice!

Did you know?

Make sure you use a sieve to clean the lentils when preparing, and boil them with a lot of water. Salt your water, and don't be afraid to add some flavour with crushed garlic, herbs or onions while they are boiling.

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Don't brush your teeth right after eating fruits. The combination of scrubbing and fruit acid can wear away tooth enamel.