Weight loss superfoods PART 1 (Vinegar and Chia)
A question, as GP’s, that we commonly get asked, is, what dietary changes can contribute to weight loss? Well, many of us know that a lower-carbohydrate, plant-based, low glycaemic index diet will help, but what about specific foods that help with weight loss?
In this 2 part series over the next 2 weeks, we will explore some easy-to-obtain weight-loss super-foods that may help with weight loss.
Did you know that vinegar has been used to treat obesity for centuries? However, only in the last several decades have researchers been able to put it to the test to prove it.
A recent randomised, double-blind trial in Japan did just that, showing that the subject group having a teaspoon a day of vinegar lost around 3 kilograms after 3 months, compared to the placebo group.
What’s the conclusion to this? It may be a good idea to add that extra balsamic or apple cider vinegar to your salad dressing next time!
2. CHIA SEEDS
Chia Seed, in addition to being nutritious and providing a good source of fibre, plant protein, niacin, minerals and antioxidants, have been shown to contribute toward appetite suppression.
Research has shown that two teaspoons of chia seeds, which have around thirty-five calories, may contribute to satiating effects, and subsequent weight loss.
Conclusion? Make it a habit to add that generous sprinkle of chia seed to your morning cereal, low-fat yoghurt or coffee!