When most people think of dieting to lose weight, they conjure up images of deprivation, cravings, and overall hunger.
They think it’s a necessary evil to feel bad just to lose weight.
It doesn’t need to be this way. In fact, if you’re in this mental mind frame before or during a diet, you’re doomed to fail. Break out of that shell and see the light at the end of the tunnel.
If I could show you a way to add something to your diet to reduce the anguish, you’d listen wouldn’t you?
Well, here’s a simple tip I use with my clients yet easy way to crush your sweet cravings while keeping calories in check.
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Berries Help You Lose Weight
Yes, it’s as simple as the old switcheroo. In meals where you’d normally have some sweets such as ice cream or chocolate, instead indulge in nature’s dessert:
Fresh Fruits and Berries Crush Sweet Cravings
More specifically, low-sugar, high fiber fruit. Berries are best, but other options like apples, grapefruit, kiwi, etc. are great too.
Instead of polishing off an extra 500- 800 calories of empty calories, you can load up on these delicious, healthy snacks.
How Berries Help Create A Calorie Deficit to Lose Weight
This caloric deficit will add up over time to help you lose weight fast. Losing weight, at it’s very core, comes down to creating a caloric deficit.
A caloric deficit is where the number of calories you take in (food, drink, whatever) is less than what you’re expending in a day.
When loading up on these fruits and berries, you’ll also get a nice dose of antioxidants– nutrients (and enzymes) that fight free radicals, which are charged molecules that roam around like rogues, causing muscle soreness and a whole host of other problems.
The Best Berries For Weight Loss
There are so many types of berries to choose from. You can add them on top of your oatmeal in the morning, eat them for a snack in the afternoon, and even add some to your smoothie for a healthy weight loss kick.
Blueberries contain a chemical that is needed to produce a particular hormone that regulates the expression of fat cells. They also help out your immune system with their rich antioxidant content.
Strawberries are great for adding to cereal, yogurt, kefir, or salads because they provide you with plenty of Vitamin C and fiber. You can eat them as a low-calorie snack during the day or enjoy them with your breakfast to lose weight.
Raspberries are another antioxidant-rich berry that helps fight cancer and heart disease. They also offer fiber, Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and folate.
Blackberries are a great source of Vitamin C because one cup contains half of the daily recommended value. Blackberries are low in calories but provide you with plenty of fiber to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Blackberries are very similar to black raspberries in taste.
Cranberries are not eaten often because of their sour taste, but they are very good for you. They contain antioxidants that reduce inflammation in your mouth and gums. They also protect against bacteria in your mouth that can cause gum disease.
Goji Berries (wolfberries) come from the goji berry bush that grows in Asia and contains many antioxidants that help prevent aging and increase energy. They also provide a good source of Vitamin A, B, C, E, folic acid, calcium, iron, zinc, and selenium.
Acai Berries are seen as a superfood because they have many minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and polyunsaturated fats.
Elderberries are known for their antiviral properties because eating them helps fight colds, flus, and other illnesses. They also contain vital minerals and vitamins.
Huckleberries are not as popular as blueberries, but they contain the same antioxidants that fight heart disease and cancer. They also help rid your body of toxins so you burn more calories naturally.
Tip to make the berries even tastier: Top with some low calorie whipped topping. It adds flavor and texture.
Eating any of these berries will help you lose weight and be healthier. They are all low in calories, but high in fiber to make you feel fuller for longer. The best thing about eating berries is that they taste great, so go ahead and enjoy them as a snack or as part of your power breakfast!