When you get motivated and serious about losing weight, the first thing you should do is to clean up your diet. A healthy diet would steer one towards weight loss; and eliminating unhealthy foods is the first step in that direction. There’s a lot of info out there on what’s healthy and what’s not, but a lot of foods that people assume to be healthy are in fact no less than junk food! (Read about 12 Food Items that are Disguised as Healthy But Aren’t here). On the flip side, certain other food items are considered villains and get a bad rap as triggers that would lead to fat storage and weight gain. These food items are often considered as roadblocks if someone is trying to diet and lose weight. In this post, we have listed out 8 seemingly unhealthy foods that are not bad during dieting and in fact, may actually boost the weight loss process.
1. Sweet Potatoes: We all know the importance of fiber with regards to weight loss, therefore, we should try to get an optimum amount of fiber through the diet. Sweet potatoes is rich in fiber, helps you feel fuller for long hours, and keeps your gut bacteria happy. Sweet potato is one vegetable that you should absolutely include in your diet even if you are not trying to lose weight.
2. Potatoes: Junk food like French fries, chips, etc., have given a bad reputation to potatoes and people who are dieting to lose weight avoid them like plague. However, potatoes have a prebiotic fiber that acts as a good feed for the healthy bacteria in the gut. A healthy gut is the answer to your weight loss prayers.
3. Banana: There’s no reason to avoid banana which is a rich source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B and vitamin C, in your diet if you are trying to lose weight. In fact, we think a bowl of oatmeal is incomplete without banana.
4. Peanut Butter: You know, what’s the best snack that Rati Beauty often includes in their Weight Loss diets on the app – apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter! Homemade peanut butter or the one without added sugar is a rich source of protein and healthy fat. However, it’s easy to go overboard with peanut butter, so limit snacking to just 1 tbsp.
5. Whole Eggs: No, don’t separate egg yolks from egg white for breakfast. Whole eggs supply a good amount of protein, vitamins, and other nutrients, that’s why they are an absolute must-have for weight loss.
6. Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is not made the same way as other chocolates. Even though it’s high in calories, it has a good amount of monosaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, and help curb appetite. When you are craving for chocolate or dessert, turn to dark chocolate (with no added sugar of course).
7. Butter: Dump margarine which claims to be low fat and low calorie (but made from unhealthy vegetable oils) and pick pure butter with saturated fatty acids to add flavour to the food. But again, moderation is the key here, be mindful of how much butter you are adding because it is still rich in calories.
8. Ghee: Whoever told you ghee is not good for health is not your friend! Ghee is great for overall health and in fact, helps in mobilizing fat cells from adipose tissue to be burnt for energy. It is rich in amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, reduces inflammation, and helps in balancing essential hormones. It’s a total must-have in everyone’s diet – age, gender no bar!