Bariatric surgery was not a weight-loss magic bullet for me. Don’t get me wrong, gastric bypass surgery saved my life. I would be morbidly obese today had I not had the surgery 12-years ago. My point is, there is work to be done after gastric bypass. It is but one step on the journey of a lifetime free from obesity and its related diseases. I had to learn what it means to eat healthy and be healthy. Here are 10 superfoods for weight loss that deliver maximum nutrition per calorie.
These superfoods are great for anyone wanting to eat healthy and lose weight. They are of particular importance for weight-loss surgery patients, people with diabetes, and those who have digestive disorders or food allergies/sensitivities. They helped me to not only lose 100 pounds but to keep that weight off permanently.
Superfoods for Weight Loss
Almond milk has been used since the Middle Ages. It is nutritionally dense, high in vitamins and minerals, and provides more calcium than cow’s milk (45% DV vs. 30% DV). Almond milk has only 40 calories per eight ounce serving. It contains only 3 grams of fat and no saturated fat. It’s also lactose, gluten, casein and cholesterol free. Compare this to whole milk, which is high in fat with 8 grams per serving and 5 grams of saturated fat. Whole milk also contains 24 mg of cholesterol and 146 calories.
Wild Caught Seafood
Seafood is a superfood high in iron and packed with omega-3 fatty acids that can boost your body’s metabolism and help you burn more fat. It also contains the amino acid arginine which the Journal of Nutrition claims may aid weight loss. Wild caught seafood is more nutritious and contains less toxins than farm-raised seafood.
Farm Fresh Eggs
Eggs are the mainstay of a high-protein breakfast! Eggs laid by hens raised on pasture are far more nutritious than eggs from caged hens in factory farms. They have 4-6x’s more Vitamin D than typical supermarket eggs. They also contain 1/3 less cholesterol, ¼ less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, 2x’s more omega 3 fatty acids, 3x’s more vitamin E, and 7x’s more beta carotene. To top it off, the taste is superior!
Protein is the most important nutrient in the bariatric diet. It supports metabolism and helps the body to burn fat instead of muscle for energy. It also helps to control hunger between meals. Whey protein is a by-product of cheese, and it has the highest known levels of branched chain amino acids of any natural food source.
Organic Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is rich and creamy. It is a wonderful and healthy dessert when served over fresh fruit and can satisfy a craving for something sweet that won’t make you dump. It’s also a nutritional powerhouse packed with protein and calcium.
Refined carbohydrates are a primary factor for obesity. Grains simply cannot be part of the bariatric diet according to the “Pouch Rules” guidelines for eating after gastric bypass surgery. Thankfully, I discovered a whole pantry of recipes that use nut flours (almond flour, coconut flour, and other grain-free flours) instead of wheat and other grains.
People who drink two glasses of water twenty to thirty minutes before they have a meal lose weight more quickly and lose more pounds then those who did not drink water prior to eating. What’s more, people who drink water before meals consume an average of 75 less calories over the course of the meal. If this was done for one year, a person would lose 14½ pounds.
Grains and desserts are not part of the bariatric diet, but you never have to miss out on the holiday treats of brownies, fudge, and cookies. These favorites can be made from black beans and not a trace of flour! Plus, black beans are packed with hunger-satisfying protein and fiber!
Coffee can boost metabolism up to 16%. Organic coffee is high in antioxidants and free of harmful toxins and pesticides that can remain stored in fat cells for years. Skip the cream and sugar because they negate the weight loss effects of organic coffee.
Raw honey contains natural vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and other important natural nutrients. These nutrients are destroyed during the heating and pasteurization process that makes honey just as unhealthy as refined sugar. Use honey in it’s raw state as a replacement for sugar to avoid empty calories and replace artificial chemical sweetners with far more healthful honey.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life