Combining foods not only makes dishes tastier but can also help you lose weight in a very healthy way. Several studies show that the combination of certain foods enhances your digestion, gives you more energy, and helps you become more slender.
1. Vegetables + hard-boiled egg
According to one study, eggs help the absorption of carotenoids (pigments that give color to vegetables). Carotenoids not only help fight weight gain but also protect against vision loss and cancer and help nourish your skin. So next time you’re eating a vegetable salad, consider adding hard-boiled or poached eggs to the mix.
2. Tuna + ginger
Ginger speeds up gastric emptying and blocks enzymes that promote inflammation. Tuna contains a type of Omega-3 that prevents the storage of fat in the abdominal area. A perfect combo if you want to get rid of those extra pounds.
3. Spinach + avocado oil
These two super foods are your new allies to suppress your appetite: avocado oil, which also helps to improve cholesterol levels and contains vitamins B and E and potassium, and spinach that increases satiety and is very low in calories.
4. Corn + legumes
According to one study, a diet that includes legumes once a week is more effective for weight loss than one with the same amount of calories but without legumes. And adding corn increases the slimming effect as it contains sturdy starch that makes the body unable to absorb most of its calories and glucose.
5. Melon + red grapes
Melon is a natural diuretic that helps prevent fluid retention, and grapes contain an antioxidant that helps reduce fat accumulation. An ideal combination to stop swelling.
6. Chicken + cayenne pepper
As a food rich in proteins, chicken helps you stay satiated longer and makes you ingest fewer calories in the following meals. Cayenne pepper, on the other hand, accelerates the burning of fats and suppresses appetite.
7. Potatoes + pepper
According to one study, potatoes are more satiating than whole grains. In addition, they are rich in potassium. If you want to lose weight you should eat them boiled or roasted and free from dressings and butter. Instead, season them with pepper as it prevents the formation of new fat cells.
8. Coffee + cinnamon
Cinnamon contains powerful antioxidants that reduce belly flab, while coffee decreases appetite. So if you’re trying to lose a few pounds, there’s nothing better than starting your day with a cup of delicious cinnamon coffee.
Now that you know which food combinations can help you to achieve your weight loss goals, pay attention to these combinations you should avoid:
- Proteins and carbohydrates, for example in hamburgers.
- Two different types of proteins, such as bacon and eggs.
- Proteins and starches, such as chicken and pasta.
- Starches and sugar, such as potatoes and ketchup.
- Sugar and fats, like ice cream or bakery products.
- Fruits with other types of food, such as strawberries with ice cream.