Are you sick of struggling to release weight and just want to know which foods for energy and weight loss you should be including in your eating plan each day?
Here's a typical scenario.
You've just jumped out of the shower looked in the mirror and oh damn, it's still there. Your fairly expanded middle area seems to be here to stay. You thought you were just bloated but a year later you're starting to think that perhaps not.
This is typically where we put on weight once we have been through menopause. Hormonal changes cause a decrease in muscle mass so we burn fewer calories making it easier to put on weight especially if our diet hasn't changed.
It is usually at this point that women will decide to diet to lose weight. But most are doomed to failure. Typically these diets are based around deprivation and taking foods out rather than swapping some foods for more healthy nutrient dense foods that can aid weight loss and give energy.
These are some of the foods I recommend for energy and feeling satisfied while losing weight. Even if you are not on a weight loss journey these foods are a good addition to any diet
Studies have suggested that flavonoids and caffeine in green tea can increase your metabolism. It is also high in antioxidants as well as anti-cancer and brain healthy compounds.
Matcha is better here as you are consuming the whole leaf.
I use sencha leaves in the morning as I enjoy the subtle flavour. Matcha for me comes a little later when I have my cereal and sprinkle some across the top.
OK, so you have a glass or two throughout the day. But there are sound reasons why drinking adequate amounts of water will help you release weight.
Water keeps your organs running smoothly. Like the cogs in a piece of machinery if they are not oiled they run slower the same goes for you.
It will also help keep your energy levels high. The mildest dehydration can lead to fatigue and fogginess.
This life elixir is also a great way to flush out the toxins in your body that are stored in your fat cells.
If you drink plenty of water you are less likely to turn to sugary drinks plus it is actually a good appetite suppressant.
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High in healthy fat, fibre and water, these creamy powerhouses are a fabulous addition to any diet.
Plenty of fibre within your diet helps to keep your blood sugar balanced which aids in losing fat.
They are also a good source of vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is important because it allows us to absorb iron which as we go through menopause is important.
High in both soluble and insoluble fibre linseed will help you feel fuller for longer. These little brown packages of goodness also aid digestion, fire up your metabolism and reduce inflammation.
They are high in omega-3 which is great for brain health.
As the seed contains quite a hardcover that is difficult to digest it is better to consume ground flax seeds.
Rich in fibre vitamins and antioxidants particularly vitamin C. The fibre will keep you feeling fuller for longer and the vitamin C is crucial for helping us to absorb iron.
If you're struggling to get enough greens into your diet add them into a smoothie or consider buying a super greens powder. Although I eat quite a lot of leafy greens I still use Super Greens Plus sprinkled on my cereal in the morning.
Including healthy proteins in your diet while lowering your carbohydrate intake is beneficial.
Protein keeps you fuller for longer and helps to balance blood sugar levels which in turn prevents overeating. Consider nuts seeds fish chicken and eggs.
This tasty spice can boost your metabolism and keep blood sugar levels balanced, it also improves circulation and is a very good source of antioxidants.
Let’s have some fun and put it all together - in a smoothie. This satisfying smoothie will help facilitate your weight loss and leave you with plenty of energy.
Hi, I'm Jane. I'm the author of the janelamason.com blog. Hitting midlife and menopause can be challenging. I write these posts to highlight my own experience for other women to read about and to give tips that might help to make their path into this time of their lives a little smoother.