10 Weight Loss Foods in Every Indian Kitchen

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Apr 30, 2015

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When you try to lose weight, you need foods that fight hunger and boost metabolism. Many such foods can be found in your kitchen.
  • 1

    Tomatoes

    Tomatoes are juicy and delicious. Being low in calories, tomatoes can either be eaten raw or used in cooking. When you eat a tomato, the body produces a hormone called cholecystokinin which boosts the feeling of fullness. The citrus fruit boosts energy and controls appetite.

  • 2

    Spinach

    Spinach is low in calories but is loaded with several nutrients such as fibre, vitamins K and A, minerals (magnesium, potassium and iron) and antioxidants. The green veggie makes you feel full besides stabbing your food craving and cleansing the digestive tract.

  • 3

    Cabbage

    Cabbage is loaded with healthful compounds such as indoles, glucosinolates and thiocyanates that flush out toxic waste from your body. Besides being low in calories, cabbage also offers filling fibre.

  • 4

    Bitter Gourd

    If not for the taste, you may consider bitter gourd for its amazing health benefits that includes weight loss. The vegetable reduces total calories you consume. Moreoever, you don’t have to worry much about the calories you must burn.

  • 5

    Green Gram

    Also known as moong dal, green gram is loaded with vitamin A, B, C and E along with minerals such as calcium, iron and potassium. Having a bowl of dal keeps you full for long and curbs your cravings. Moreover, it also benefits metabolism.

  • 6

    Radish

    Radish works as an excellent weight loss food when eaten in place of rice, bread or other starchy foods. It contains fibre that curbs hunger pangs and keeps you full.

  • 7

    Lentils

    Lentils are belly flatteners owing to their high protein and soluble fibre content. Eating lentils prevents insulin spikes which is one of the reasons why the body creates excess fat.

  • 8

    Turmeric

    There is no better spice than turmeric when it comes to digestion and weight loss. The spice has curcumin (a phenol) which keeps fatty tissue to a minimum.

  • 9

    Garlic

    Garlic is an incredible appetite controller. Furthermore, the spice boosts metabolism and is an effective diuretic which eliminates fat from cells.

  • 10

    Olive Oil

    If you are trying to lose weight, olive oil should be your choice of cooking oil. It has healthy fats that increase satiety and tame appetite. Besides, olive oil contains an antioxidant known as polyphenols which helps the body to detoxify unbalanced molecules.

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