Trying to lose weight can be an uphill battle – not least because we have to eat to survive; there’s no going cold turkey on food, which makes it all too easy to put the wrong things in our mouths so instead of counting calories we just sick back and watch them spiral out of control.
When this happens it’s too easy to start seeing food as the enemy; we can’t with live it and we certainly can’t live without it. The next on the list of things to hate soon becomes ourselves. We have no self-control; we’re greedy blah blah blah. Now that’s not an attempt to make fun of these feelings, or to undermine them; it’s simply a way of trying to put into context the negative emotions we project onto ourselves that make the job of losing weight so much harder.
So, it’s time to be kind to ourselves; imagine a friend telling you that they feel all of the awful things that you say to yourself – and what your response would be. You’d tell them to stop beating themselves up; that they are worth so much more, right? Well, tell that to yourself and believe it – and then start making friends with food again. Include some super foods into your diet that will help, not hinder you – and do it just a bit at a time until they are naturally the things you turn to. Here are nine to get you started:
As far as fat burning foods go, tomatoes are a really easy one to begin with because there are so many varieties; you can eat them as they are, like an apple, or you can include them in hundreds of different recipes.
So why are tomatoes in the super food category? Well, as an aid to weight loss, they are low in calories (22 in a medium tomato) but have the ability to fill you up – and they contain fibre, which is necessary to good health. Tomatoes also packed full of antioxidants, which means that they can fight free radicals, as well as vitamins A and C and folic acid.