The best foods for fat loss

The best natural foods for fat loss - coach joseph webb
‘Blueberries are not only packed with micronutrients and anti-oxidants, but they are also a powerful low-calorie addition to any weight loss programme’

What are the best “Natural Foods” For Fat Loss?

One of my guiding principles of healthy nutrition is to eat “whole foods, as close to their natural state as possible” 80% of the time. But what do I actually mean by “natural” and what should you be aiming for?

What Are “Natural Foods”?

I realise that “natural” is a term you might see in food marketing and on food labels, so I’ll explain my definition.

I define natural foods as foods that nature has designed for us to eat (if we choose to), and that have the biggest health benefits when they are eaten with nothing added and nothing taken away.

Natural foods aren’t processed. They are recognisable as being in their natural form.

This isn’t the same as a food containing “natural ingredients”.

I’m talking about single-ingredient whole foods that are as nature intended (barring preparation and cooking in some cases).

8 Benefits Of Natural Foods

We are what we eat -Coach Joseph Webb
Every single cell in your body is made from the food you eat. You really are what you eat!’

There are lots of reasons to eat more natural foods and crowd out the amount of processed, manmade foods you eat. Here are some:

1. Reduce Inflammation
Processed meats, sweets, fried foods, pastries and other manmade foods are linked to increased inflammation in the body which can contribute to chronic disease.
2. Control Your Weight
Natural foods generally have fewer calories per gram than processed foods, they help fill you up, and they don’t tend to kick off cravings for more sweets or fats.
3. Save Your Cash
Making more food from scratch tends to be cheaper, more filling, and is easier to control on every level – including financially.
4. Dictate Your Nutrition
Don’t let food brands and manufacturers decide what goes into your body. Take back control and dictate the ingredients and nutrients of what you eat.
5. Know What’s On Your Plate
When you prepare food from whole, natural foods you will always know what you’re eating. The same can’t be said for processed, packaged food. (Check out my blog on creating the perfect meal HERE)
6. Boost Your Nutrition
When you make food from wholefoods including grains, lean proteins, vegetables, and other natural foods you benefit massively from all those vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre and other micronutrients.
7. Cut Calories
Whole foods tend to pack less of a caloric punch than processed options. This is usually due to less fat and more water content – which is a good thing!
8. Set A Good Example
Eating more fruit and veg, making your own food, and being mindful about what you eat are all fantastic examples to set your kids.

Choosing And Cooking “Natural” Foods

Want to aim for my “80% of your food from natural foods” guideline?

The best advice I can give is to start shopping from the outside of the supermarket.

That’s where you’ll find fruit, vegetables, salad stuff, eggs, meat, fish, and complex carbohydrates like grains and pulses.

Of course, you’ll still need to go down the aisles, but you’ll be amazed by how many of them you can miss completely when you cut back on crisps, sweets, snacks, ready meals, and manmade food.

If you’re lucky enough to have a good butcher, greengrocer, farmers’ market, or bulk store where you live then do support it by shopping there.

Buy grains, dried pulses, legumes, and beans in bulk as these store for a long time and are really useful for making slow cooker recipes.

Stock Up And Buy Fresh

Buy your food as fresh as possible -Coach Joseph Webb.
‘Buy your food as fresh as possible to get the maximum nutritional benefits’

Stock up on meat, fish, and seafood and freeze what you don’t need.

Buy fresh vegetables and fruit, but don’t forget that frozen is fantastic.

In fact, frozen fruit/berries/veg can be a better option especially for out of season stuff.

Freezing retains the nutrients and means you can use what you want, without the rest going off.

If you do have vegetables to use up, make soup, stir-fries, or big salads.

Shop From These 6 Natural Food Categories 

Beans are a really healthy natural food -Coach Joseph Webb.
‘Beans are full of fibre meaning they keep you feeling satisfied for longer periods of time’

1. Pulses, Legumes, Beans

Dried or canned beans, pulses, and legumes are some of the healthiest foods you can eat – and they are so versatile. Stock up on your favourites and pledge to try new ones.

Kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, split peas etc are great for making curries and chilis, for adding to salads, or for making into dips and spreads.

2. Nuts And Seeds

All nuts and seeds have different nutrient benefits, including being a good source of healthy fats and fibre.

Be aware that they are high in fat, so eat in moderation, but definitely choose these over other high-fat foods.

3. Wholegrains

There are so many wholegrains to choose from, so don’t get stuck with rice, oats, and cous cous.

Even if you eat a gluten-free diet, there are several grains you can eat. Wholegrains are low fat, complex carbohydrates with extra nutrition in the form of vitamins and minerals.

4. Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Fruits, Berries

Eat as many vegetables as you can.

There is no downside! All fruit and vegetables have different nutrient benefits, including vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants.

Try to “eat the rainbow”, and challenge yourself to try a new vegetable every time you do a food shop.

5. Meat And Fish

If you are an omnivore, choose lean protein from a sustainable source.

This is not just an ethical and environmental preference.

Wild or sustainable meat and fish also has a better nutritional profile.

Oily fish helps you get enough omega-3 fat into your diet.

6. Eggs

Eggs are a complete protein and contain a nice amount of healthy fat, plus tons of fat-soluble vitamins and other micronutrients in the yolk.

That’s it from me this week, I hope you enjoyed these tips – if you need any extra help with your nutrition please get in touch today.

Until next time, stay happy and stay healthy!

Coach Joseph Webb.

‘The number one rated Personal Trainer In Henley and Oxfordshire’

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