9. Bananas + Spinach
The main health benefits of bananas are: helping with weight loss, reducing obesity, curing intestinal disorders, relieving constipation, and curing conditions like dysentery, anemia, tuberculosis, arthritis, gout, kidney, and urinary disorders. In addition, bananas do not contain any fats and each one has approximately 90 calories. They also prevent overeating because of all of the fiber that they contain which keeps the hunger hormone, ghrelin, from being released.
Spinach is loaded with protein that is easily broken down by enzymes into amino acids by the human body. These proteins help in muscle growth and development. They also increase our body’s ability to heal wounds and provide a boost to our entire metabolism, encouraging all of our organs to function at their optimal level.
10. Salmon + Avocado
Salmon is the perfect meal choice for those who wish to lose weight and keep it off because of its high protein content which regulates hormones that control the appetite. Due to the fact that it’s high in protein and low in calories, it increases metabolic rate and the polyunsaturated fats promote healthy weight loss.
As mentioned earlier, avocado goes together with salmon perfectly – it’s full of essential nutrients that will keep your energy levels high and your appetite low.
11. Chicken + Cayene Pepper
Foods that are high in protein have been known to be very effective in reducing weight and chicken has been one of the main rivals of weight loss. Many studies have shown that a lot of weight control was observed in people who consumed chicken breast more often. This is because chicken is low in calories yet high in protein.
Cayenne peppers are rich in capsaicin – the compound responsible for the “heat” in hot peppers which helps with appetite control and increases the rate at which the body burns calories. Peppers can provide your body with a huge amount of nutrients while minimally impacting the number of calories you consume in a day.
12. Honey + Lemon = Weight loss
This is the perfect weight loss combination.
Lemon juice has an active ingredient called citric acid, which is commonly used as a cleaning agent since it has powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
Honey contains small amounts of essential vitamins and minerals, including riboflavin, iron, zinc, vitamin B6, and dietary fiber.
Even though there is a lot of sugar in these healthy substances, there is a very small amount of calories in it and the density of both minerals and vitamins can actually make the body feel full. Combine that with the metabolism boost that comes from this mixture, and you have a perfect weight-loss tool.
13. Avocado + Grapefruit
Not only are grapefruits delicious, but they are also a great weight-loss snack. They are low in calories and high in nutrients. Various studies reveal that eating grapefruits on a regular basis will promote weight loss. This is because of an enzyme in our bodies called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) that gets activated by an organic compound in grapefruit called nootkatone. It boosts your metabolism which then leads to weight loss.
Avocado and grapefruit go great together in a salad. Grapefruit can aid in the absorption of the nutrients in avocado. The avocado’s healthy fats actually help in increasing the lycopene absorption in your digestive system, making it more available for your body to use, thus giving you more energy while keeping you full for a longer time. Grapefruit and avocado are great substitutes for French fries or pasta salads.
Busting a myth about Chia Seeds:
There is a common misconception that chia seeds are a great way to lose weight because they expand in your stomach, helping you feel full, eat less, and ultimately shed pounds. However, chia seeds are more likely to cause weight gain than weight loss because of the high amount of calories (100 grams = 486 calories) and their ability to retain water in your body, due to the amount they can hold in. If you eat them in moderation, you can get all the important nutrients that they have to offer; however, if you overdo it, then you will experience side effects.
Have you tried any of these food combinations? Share your favorite food combinations and your experience with weight loss in the comment section below!