As easy as putting it on is, losing weight is an equally difficult thing to do. Not only do you need to work out rigorously, but you also have to watch your diet in order to lose those extra pounds. Moreover, you need to have a strong will power and commitment towards your goal. Well in such a situation, having a few cheat tricks is what we all always love, right?
That is why; we have brought you a tasty and healthy trick to lose weight. Confused? Well, we are talking about some amazing seeds extracted out of flowers, fruits and veggies, which are as good as or even better than nuts, and are extremely helpful for losing weight. So, without further ado, here goes the list.
1. Flax seeds
Being good sources of fibre, iron and protein, they have a capacity to fill you up quite quickly, and hence, they help you eat in moderation. They are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids that not only regulate your body’s insulin levels but also help to burn fat. The phytoestrogens present in them help to avoid hormonal imbalances in the body, which otherwise promote weight gain.
2. Sunflower seeds
A great snacking option to be picked up and eaten anytime, sunflower seeds are full of amazing benefits for your body. They contain vitamin B, which helps a lot in burning calories. Rich in vitamin E, they are natural antioxidants that fight toxins in your body and prevent inflammation. Sunflower seeds are also an excellent source of magnesium that keeps your anxiety levels intact, thereby preventing the excess release of the weight gain promoting hormone, cortisol, in your body. But remember, you will get these benefits only when you eat them raw, and not roasted.
3. Chia seeds
Chia seeds offer a large number of nutrients with very few calories. They are full of iron, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium and magnesium. Also, because of the high-fibre content in them, chia seeds have the capacity of absorbing a large amount of water. Hence, they become a gel-like substance and expand in your stomach once you eat them. And, this is how chia seeds make you feel full for a longer duration, thereby reducing your food intake. However, lower food intake does not mean that your stamina goes down as the highly nutritious chia seeds keep you super-energised.
4. Sesame seeds
They are the same seeds that you see on the top of your burger buns and other multigrain bread. They are excellent sources of fibre, vitamins (especially E), magnesium, zinc and calcium, all the minerals that maintain a great body metabolism. The fibre also helps you to have a better and stronger digestive system. What’s more? They are tasty and add a wonderful flavour to whatever you add them to.
5. Quinoa seeds
This seed looks like a grain and hence, is often mistaken for being one. Quinoa seeds are rich in amino acids, magnesium, proteins, fibre, zinc and some healthy fats. While they contain a slightly higher amount of carbohydrates as compared to the other seeds, most of them are used for energy, and hence are not worrisome. In short, these power-packed seeds have all the goodness that your body and mind needs!
6. Wild rice
Wild rice is actually a grass seed which is heavily enriched in protein and contains 30 times more antioxidants than white rice itself. With nutrients like folate, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, vitamin B6, and niacin, wild rice helps in weight loss quicker than any other seeds. A 2009 study in China suggests that wild rice actually helps in lowering the cholesterol and burning the excess fat present in the body.
7. Pomegranate seeds
The little jewel-type-looking pomegranate seeds are a wondrous catalyst if you want to lose weight. These seeds are also called arils. They are a rich source of Vitamin C and fibres. The most important antioxidants in pomegranate seeds include polyphenols, flavonoids, tannins, and anthocyanins. They are a magical low-calorie snack, and you can eat them by mixing in yoghurt, salads or jelly.
So, now that you are aware of all these awesome seeds as well as their benefits, just add any of them alternately in your food daily to not only make it tastier but also to lose those extra pounds.