Summer is just around the corner, and there’s no doubt that you’ve already made some pretty ambitious commitments to your body.
But where is the fun in a spring starvation session when you could be just be eating more sensibly.
All you need to do is make some conscious changes to your diet and you can still enjoy food and feel better for it.
For example, here are 15 foods that you definitely need to add to your everyday diet if you want to give your body the best chance it can get this summer…
1. Milk, yogurt and cheese
With a majority of the population going dairy-free in modern times, it may surprise you to see that practically every dairy product available may help you burn fat.
But, here are the facts: milk offers tons of calcium and animal protein, which means that whilst you may consume more calories by eating dairy your body will ultimately be more satisfied.
2. Nuts and nut butters
Keep your mind out of the gutter! Not THOSE kind of nuts!
A healthy handful of nuts, be they almonds, walnuts or cashews, is a great source of fiber and protein. They also contain natural fats which help to keep your body energized and ready for anything!
But because they are calorie-dense, a small amount can go along way, so don’t go too wild with the walnuts!
If you really want to fight the fat, then why not listen to these incredibly helpful dieting tips…
There is a reason why every restaurant is now serving up avocado on everything, and that’s because it’s not only very Instagrammable, but also very good for you.
They are full of healthy fats, fiber and potassium, meaning that they stop you from retaining water and feeling too bloated.
Although, they are quite calorie dense, so avocados are best in moderation!
Athletes and A-list celebrities love an egg, and why shouldn’t they when one large one contains just 70 calories? Just think how filling and tasty they are and then marvel at the fact that your morning omelet is marvelously healthy.
5. Olive oil
No doubt you associate the word oil with fat and all manner of bad things. But actually, olive oil is full of monounsaturated fats which help to keep you feeling full and banish you from mindlessly snacking.
6. Chicken and turkey
Research has found that by eating more protein, you lose less muscle as you shed fat. So where is the best place to find this miracle protein? Well, there is plenty of it in chicken, turkey and other lean meats.
7. Fatty fish
This is not really news, because fish has always been known to be good for those dieting. It’s also great for those looking to build muscle, due to its healthy fats. So what are you waiting for, grab some salmon, mackerel or tuna now!
8. Green tea
If you were to listen to the Kardashians, then you would probably think that by drinking supplemented tea you are going to see the fat drop from your body.
But that isn’t quite how it works, but by sipping on a green tea you can help fire up your body’s fat-burning capabilities and thus stop your body from storing calories.
9. Chili peppers
It has been proven that the compound which makes chili peppers hot can mildly increase your metabolic rate, which is perfect for those trying to burn fat!
They may only be small, but berries are extremely fiber-rich. According to experts, a handful of berries are great to help stop your cravings, and thus, they help you stop yourself from snacking on sugar-rich snacks!
They also help with your immune system as they’re packed with anti-inflammatory antioxidants!
11. Dark leafy greens
C’mon, you didn’t think you could seriously get through this list and not encounter at least one green vegetable?
Dark leafy greens contain tons of iron which supports the oxygen as it transports through the body, thus meaning that your body is best prepared after a healthy dose of garden greens!
12. Whole grains
There is a reason why all the influencers on Instagram are eating oats, quinoa and brown rice, and it isn’t just because it looks pretty when neatly arrange on a plate.
Carbohydrates are your body’s go-to source of energy, but most people often make the mistake of totally emitting carbs from their diets, which can mean you feel extremely lathargic and thus, feast on unhealthy snacks to make yourself feel better.
If you want your cravings to be completely killed, eat good carbs!
13. Whey protein
Whey protein has been found to help support muscle repair, building and maintaining, which is why it’s a favorite with body-builders and gym junkies. And because muscle helps burn more calories than fat, it’s worth giving protein a go!
Grapefruit is great for regulating blood sugar, because it contains a great deal of fiber. It is also very low in calories, which is always a winner!
15. Beans and legumes
Beans are packed with protein which helps to build muscle, burn fat and keep you feeling full. Meaning that they are ultimately the best thing you can put in your body!
Feeling inspired? Good. It’s time to get healthy!