Eat smart overall
As summer approaches, plenty of people are trying to slim down. While “quick fix” fad diets might seem enticing, experts say more sustainable changes—like upping your fruit and vegetable intake—are key to weight loss success that lasts. “For successful long-term weight loss, people should focus on high-quality foods that offer both macro and micronutrients,” explains Colleen Chiariello, RD, the chief clinical dietitian at Syosset Hospital. “Nutrients such as protein, fiber, healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids), antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals should be the staples of one’s meal plan.” Foods that contain several of these components are considered “superfoods.”
Superfoods have been shown to help support nerve and muscle function, immune health, blood sugar control, heart health, bone strength, and protection from free radical damage, all while also curbing appetite, Chiarello says, making them ideal for people trying to shed pounds. Ahead, find weight loss experts’ top superfood picks for anyone on a diet.
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“Hemp seeds are frequently referred to as hemp hearts, which is apropos because I ‘heart’ these little guys when it comes to healthy living and weight loss,” says Brigitte Zeitlin, RD, a registered dietitian and owner of BZ Nutrition. Hemp hearts are high in protein, which helps keep you satiated to prevent unnecessary snacking and curbs food cravings, she adds. “I love to use hemp hearts in my morning oatmeal, sprinkled into my plain Icelandic yogurt, or on top of my avocado toast. For dinner, I’ll toss some on top of my veggie stir-fry,” Zeitlin says.