Brown rice or ofada rice is an unpolished, natural rice. It is much more healthier than white or foreign rice and also an effective Nigerian meal for weight loss. Why? First of all it contains more dietary fiber than any other rice. Fibers helps digestion and boost your metabolism.
Additionally, brown rice also has few calories. You can’t go on weight loss diet without consuming carbohydrates. That’s why brown rice is the perfect carbohydrate to include in your weight loss diet.
9. Moin Moin
Moin Moin or bean puddle is a healthy Nigerian snack
that can also serve as a food or appetizer. Moin Moin is great for weight loss. It is made up of beans and other assorted spices like eggs, or fish which are all great weight loss foods. It is highly proteinous and can easily fill up your stomach.
Garlic might have a strong odor but it is equally a powerful weight loss food. Garlic is a one the healthiest foods on the planet. I
Garlic might hat is a very strong anti-oxidant, cleanses the gut and rids the body of toxins. Also, eating a few cloves of raw garlic every day can help you burn belly fat. You can easily add garlic to your meal to reap its benefits.
7. Boiled Potatoes
Potatoes is another perfect food for weight loss. It contains so many nutrients, especially potassium which many people lack. Potatoes where also found to have the highest Satiety index.
This simply means is that when you eat white, boiled potatoes, you will naturally feel full and eat less of other foods instead, isn’t that great!.
There are many fruits you can eat for weight loss. And a lot of healthy Nigerian fruits
are readily available.
Watermelon is great fruit for weight loss, it contains few calories and is especially good for reducing belly fat.
Grapefruits can also cause significant weight loss in the body. Other fruits for weight loss include, banana, African mango, apple lemon etc.
Consuming nuts can help you lose weight. Admittedly, nuts contain fat but a healthy amount of fat.
They also contain balanced amounts of protein and fiber. Healthy nuts you can eat are peanut, cashew nuts and walnuts. Nuts can boost your metabolism thus inducing weight loss. You can eat these healthy nuts as a snacks. But be careful to eat in moderation.
4. Ewedu Soup
In my post, where I wrote the top Nigerian soups and their health benefits
. I mentioned that ewedu or ogbono soup was the Nigerian soup with the lowest calories. Ewedu soup can be eaten many healthy Nigerian swallows
. Ogbono seeds aid in weight loss. And it also contains jute and saluyot leaves that are packed with dietary fibers. It also other amazing health benefits.
Consume more of this soup to effectively lose weight.
3. Sea foods
Sea foods are foods that are gotten from aquatic animals. Studies have shown that consuming seafoods can help you lose weight effectively. They are rich in proteins, healthy fats and other essential nutrients.
One important nutrient you can get from consuming sea foods is iodine. Iodine is needed by the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone which is involved in aiding metabolic health.
Some healthy sea foods you can eat are sardines, crabs, cray fish, salmon and fish. Sea foods can also serve as healthy foods for pregnancy
2. Leafy Green vegetables
Consuming leafy green vegetables is another fantastic food that will help you lose weight. There are 2 reasons why. First, they are very low in calories and second they are extremely rich in fiber. In fact, you can add enough leafy vegetables to your meal and increase the size of your food, but still take in few calories. It also has fat burning properties. There are many popular Nigerian leafy vegetables
you can incorporate into your weight loss diet plan.
Beans is ultimate naija food
for weight loss, and there are 3 reasons. First is that it is readily available, cheap and easily prepared in so many varieties. Second, it is excessively rich in protein and has very little calorie content. Third, it builds muscles, so if are looking to burn fat and gain muscles, beans should be involved. Eat enough beans and legumes at least 3 times a week to lose weight.
Truly, losing weight is not easy, but you can achieve it if you are persistent, consistent and resilient. Eat healthy, exercise regularly and you might lose weight like rick ross did. Thanks for reading.
Originally written by Nwokolo Collins