It’s almost inevitable. At some point in your weight loss journey, you’re going to hit a plateau. It could happen early while you are just getting started, or towards the end when you have just those five measly pounds left to lose. Either way, you’ll hit it.
Changing up your diet may be what you need. Try adding these super foods to your summer grocery list to get the scale moving in the right direction again:
Raspberries There’s nothing like picking fresh berries in the summer. In addition to being delicious, this high-fiber fruit is loaded with phytonutrients. Fruits are also low energy-dense foods, meaning you can eat a large portion for only a few calories. Eating low energy-dense foods is key when you’re trying to lose weight. Try adding raspberries to a smoothie for an afternoon snack or to your lunchtime salad.
Steak Here’s a reason to throw more kabobs on the grill. Lean beef is great for weight loss. The protein stimulates your metabolism, helps you retain muscle mass, and helps you feel full. Buffalo burgers are a good alternative if you can’t find grass-fed beef.
Green tea Kick back on your porch and enjoy a tall glass of iced green tea. This metabolism booster is rich in antioxidants, promotes heart health, and regulates blood sugar. It raises the metabolic rate and speeds up fat oxidation, thus helping you lose weight. As an added benefit, the theanine in green tea is also a great natural de-stressor.
Chilies Fire up your metabolism with these spicy peppers. The capsaicin found in chiles causes your body to burn extra calories, even after you are done eating them. Plus, because spicy foods are so intensely flavorful it’s hard to eat them in excess.
Yogurt Low-fat yogurt is great for blasting belly fat. It’ll also help keep hungry at bay, thanks to its combination of protein and carbs. Yogurt is a great substitute for sour cream or mayo on baked potatoes and salads. Look for Greek yogurt, which has more protein than the regular stuff.
Besides these foods, don’t forget to drink more water! We tend to substitute water for sodas and energy drinks, but plain tap water still the best way to go. If it’s hard for you to drink more water in between meals, eat it instead! Carrots, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, watermelon and lettuce are each more than 90% water.