5 Surprising Food Items That Can Help You Lose Weight!

Obesity is the leading causes of death in the U.S. and worldwide, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.

We know sugary food makes us gain weight and effects our mental health but  it is still consumed in excess. While there are several ways to counter weight gain, diet plays an important role in all of them. It is vital to consume the right foods if you want to lose weight effectively.

There are various foods which are recommended for their ability to help you lose weight. On the other hand, there are certain foods whose benefits in this matter are vastly underappreciated. In fact, some are even considered to be fattening such as nuts and dates. However, surprisingly, they can actually be immensely beneficial for you in losing weight.

Dates

Dates are known for their sweet taste and their high amount of sugar. However, the sugar, being of the natural variety, can help you sweeten up dishes. At the same time, dates contain a lot of magnesium which can help in reducing your blood pressure. Therefore, they make an excellent choice for those looking to lose weight effectively.

Dates are wholesome foods. However, like every good thing, they must never be consumed in excess. Four to five dates are the right amount for a day.

Chilies

Chilies and peppers are a rich source of capsaicin which is the compound responsible for making them hot. Research suggests that this fiery substance can do more than just burn your taste buds. According to studies, capsaicin can cause the metabolic rate of the body to increase temporarily. As a result, you burn through fat faster. Additionally, the spiciness causes you to feel fuller faster thanks to the flavors. In other words, you eat less. Finally, it is believed that capsaicin may be capable of transforming white fat into what is known as brown fat, reducing your ability to gain weight.

Macadamia Nuts

Usually people suffering from obesity are asked to stay away from nuts. However, macadamia nuts can actually be beneficial for your weight loss program. They are rich in several essential nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin B1 and manganese. Macadamia nuts also contain a lot of monounsaturated fat which is beneficial for the body. At the same time, they contain low amounts of protein and carbs.

Potatoes

Due to their high glycemic index, potatoes are usually avoided when trying to lose weight. However, research suggests that potatoes can still be consumed during a weight loss program as long as they are not fried. Potatoes contain fewer calories and a high concentration of vitamin C and potassium.

Chocolate

Surprisingly, chocolate is also beneficial for your weight loss efforts as long as you consume the right variety of chocolate. Consuming dark chocolate on a regular basis can help your body in various ways. We all know chocolate has the ability to improve your mood but   it is also capable of helping you lose weight by boosting your metabolism and controlling your appetite.

It is important to note that, while the above foods are beneficial, they must only be consumed in moderation After all, you are trying to lose weight.

Author Bio

Anaya Shastri: I live to write and currently am a full-time blogger. Topics I like to write about include marketing, gifts, travel, festivals and many more. I also am a serious chocoholic and love to explore and write about anything and everything to do with chocolate. When not writing I am usually traveling or trekking in the mountains.

8 Yoga Poses To Improve Flexibility

Watching people perform wonder struck movements such as twisting the foot over the head, grabbing ankles like its nothing, doing a full-split while smiling, and things like that make several individuals yearn for a flexible body. Being supple and flexible not only helps us turn into a pretzel with ease, flexibility is also helpful in avoiding injury and restricting damage to various muscle groups and joints in the body. In addition, easily stretched muscles achieve full range of motion and can help prevent balance problems, backache and arthritis in people. Incorporate the art of yoga into your daily lifestyle, a wonderful combination of stretching and relaxation that amplifies your flexibility and improves your balance.

Practice these eight yoga poses to enhance your flexibility and well being:

Standing Forward Fold PoseStanding Forward Fold Pose (Uttanasana): Stand upright on a yoga mat with feet close to each other. Take a deep breath and raise your arms overhead. Upon exhalation; bend forward at the hip, reaching your arms to the floor and keeping your back straight. Place your palms beside each foot on the ground. Rest your nose and forehead on the thighs. Keep breathing and hold the pose for 30 seconds.

 

Downward Facing Dog PoseDownward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana): Come on your knees and palms on a yoga mat. Keep your knees under your hips and wrists aligned with your shoulders. Keep your palms parallel to the floor with fingers spread and toes curled inwards. Exhale and lift your knees away from the yoga mat. Slowly, raise your thighs off the floor, straighten your legs. Bring your body into an upside down ‘V’ position.  Align your head with your upper arms, but do not let it hang. Gaze softly at the navel. Remain in this pose for 15-30 seconds.

Child PoseChild Pose (Balasana): Kneel on the ground and keep your feet hip-width apart. Sit back with your posterior on your heels. As you breathe in, lean forward draping your torso over your thighs. Rest your chest on the thighs and forehead on the floor. Keep your arms extended to the front. Hold the pose for 30 -60 seconds.

 

Crescent PoseCrescent Pose (Anjaneyasana): Begin with downward facing dog pose. Upon exhalation; step your right foot forward and bend your right knee at 90-degree angle. Straighten your left leg behind and align your heel with your toes. Square your hips to the mat and keep them parallel to the floor. Raise your arms up and keep them perpendicular to the floor. Hold the pose for 15 seconds.

 

Chair PoseChair Pose (Utkatasana): Begin in mountain pose. Inhale; raise your arm up toward the ceiling and keep them perpendicular to the floor. Lower your hips to the ground and shift your weight onto your heels. There will be a slight bend in your knees and upper back. Hold the pose for 30 seconds.

Half Spinal Twist PoseHalf Spinal Twist Pose ( Ardha Matsyendrasana): Sit tall on a yoga mat with legs stretched in front of you. Fold your left leg and place the heel beside your right hip. Cross your right leg over your left knee. Place your left hand on the outer edge of your right knee and keep your right hand behind your right hip. Turn your torso and head to the right and look over your right shoulder. Hold the pose for 30-60 seconds.

Hero PoseHero Pose (Virasana): Kneel on a yoga mat and spread your feet 2-3 inches apart. Keep your thighs perpendicular to the floor. Upon exhalation; slightly lean your torso forward as you sit on your hips. Keep your heels alongside your hips and align your feet with your shins. Rest your hands on your thighs and hold the pose for 30 seconds.

 

Butterfly PoseButterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana): Sit on the ground with stretched legs and arms by your side. Grab the heels and bring them near to your pelvic region. Touch the outer edges of your feet together. Let the knees drop open wide at your side. Hold the feet with your palms and move the knees up and down. Remain in this pose for 20-30 seconds.

Practice these eight yoga poses to increase pliancy which is a key component in maintaining the overall health and well being.

Author Bio: Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.  For more information about him visit his website.