Weight Loss: 5 High Protein Vegan Foods To Cut Belly Fat

Weight Loss: 5 High Protein Vegan Foods To Cut Belly Fat�

Veganism has found plenty of fans across the world. Some of our most loved celebrities like Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao and Anushka Manchanda too have turned vegans in the recent past. Veganism as a philosophy abstains use of all kinds of animal-based products, be it in their diet, clothing or cosmetics. While a large part of India does not consume a meat-based diet, we are still heavily reliant on dairy products, be it milk, paneer or ghee. In veganism, you refrain even from using dairy. Under such restrictions, vegans may find it hard to fulfill their protein requirement. Whether you want to gain muscles or are looking for sustainable weight loss, you need to include ample protein in your diet. Protein induces satiety. It also increases levels of appetite-reducing hormones and hunger hormone ghrelin, making you crave less, thereby promoting weight loss.

 

 

Here are some vegan protein-rich foods that you can stock up on: 

 

1. Tofu And Similar Soy Products

Tofu is made of soy milk, which is an excellent alternative to regular milk sourced from animals. You can cook tofu the way you cook paneer. Toss it in salads, use it as fillings in sandwiches, or have it as tikkas. This will not only help you feel full for longer but will also help you manage your weight.

tofu

Protein-rich foods:Tofu is made of soy milk, which is an excellent alternative to regular milk sourced from animals​.

2. Beans

Be it kidney beans, black beans or chickpeas, all are an excellent source of protein and essential amino acids. You can experiment with them in form of salads, sprouts and curries. Better still; pair beans with whole grains like brown rice or quinoa. This will supplement your intake of proteins and fibre.

beans

Protein-rich foods: Beans are an excellent source of protein and essential amino acids.

3. Legumes

The range of dals that we Indians use in our desi preparations is worth a chronicle of its own. Legumes are a rich source of digestible fibre. Fibre takes long to break down, which keeps you full for longer and further prevents cravings. This will further support your weight loss diet and help you lose a few kilos.

 

4. Chia Seeds

An ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains about 4 grams of high-quality protein. Chia seeds are also a good source of fibre, which makes it an ideal superfood to cut that bulge. You can toss them in your low fat and low-cal smoothies or drinks to accelerate your weight loss programme.

chia seeds are nutritious

Protein-rich foods: Chia seeds are also a good source of fibre, which makes it an ideal superfood to cut that bulge.

5. Green Peas

Green peas, or matar, also make for an excellent plant-based source of protein. They are also high in various vitamins, antioxidants and minerals such as thiamine and manganese, which makes it a healthy addition to weight loss diet. You can also try pea milk. It is rich in DHA and omega-3 fatty acids along with iron and vitamin D that are good for our health.

peas

Protein-rich foods: Green peas or matar also make for an excellent plant-based source of protein.

Try including these foods in your diet and see the effect on your waistline. Make sure you supplement your diet with a disciplined fitness regimen too.

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Turmeric tea for weight loss? You have more options in ginger, lemon and green tea

Best tea for weight loss: The benefits of green tea, say fitness experts, are many. It helps decrease inflammation, improves skin and decrease growth of cancer cells in the body.

The aroma of tea brewing over a burner is the perfect sight in the monsoons. And what’s better is the fact that you can lose weight while sipping on some hot chai. Though our milky chai has not been associated with weight loss, the newer varieties available in the market promise instant weight loss. In fact nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar encourages her clients to drink milky chai for its many benefits. Many fitness experts count turmeric tea, ginger, lemon and green tea among the best tea for weight loss.

Green tea, which has been immensely popular in the past decade, has anti-cancer properties apart from weight loss. It speeds up the metabolism process by directly acting at the cellular level and thereby helping the fat burn rate in the body. White tea, which is a purer form of tea, inhibits the production of fat cells and also helps in weight loss,” says Harish Mohan, founder SipWise, a beverage brand.

Here’s a list of some other teas to try for weight loss

Turmeric tea

Turmeric tea accelerates digestion, increases metabolism and promotes weight loss. Turmeric has a bioactive compound called curcuminoids – curcumin, which has many powerful medicinal healing properties. “The curcumin in turmeric suppresses the growth of fat tissues and helps reduce weight. Eating mindfully and drinking turmeric tea regularly could help restrict increase in fat cells,” says Payal Kothari, integrative nutritionist and life coach.

Green tea

Being a storehouse of many antioxidant compounds, it’s easy to assume that green tea is one of the healthiest beverages. This tea helps decrease inflammation, improves skin and decrease growth of cancer cells. “This is a calorie-free drink and something that most weight-watchers swear by. Green tea contains catechins, antioxidants that help suppress the production of free radicals in the body. It has also been shown to activate the body’s thermogenic fat-burning activity,” explains Delhi-based Sujata Sharma, who is a diabetes educator for the BeatO app.

Matcha tea

For the uninitiated, matcha is a finely ground green tea. In ancient Japan, monks primarily consumed it as a beverage of choice. Now, it can either be dissolved in milk or water to add to its versatility — and also for its health benefits. “This green tea leaf powder is high in chlorophyll levels which promotes cell regeneration, detoxes and reboots the body keeping it healthy and inflammation free,” says Kothari. Apart from the health benefits like improving moods, memory and concentration, helping you relax, aiding in weight loss, matcha has taken a diverse transformation into the culinary world with chefs adding it to desserts, smoothies among other things.

Ginger, lemon, mint herbal tea

“If consumed on a daily basis, this concoction acts as a great immunity booster with its anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ideal for all ages,” says Kothari. Just a cup of this healing tea can help detoxify and makes the body alkaline. It is easier to lose weight when the body is in alkaline mode.

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Weight loss diet plan, these 9 superfoods will keep your gut healthy

Weight loss diet plan: Research has found links between people with certain types of bacteria in the gut and diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and colon cancer.

Health experts say that the key to your fitness and health depends on your gut. More specifically, it depends on the gut bacteria that helps digest and absorb the food in your diet. Every individual’s gut is home to a mix of gut bacteria, and diet and lifestyle plays a significant role in determining the mix. It also impacts your weight loss efforts. “Gut healthis indicative of overall health. Research has found links between people with certain types of bacteria in the gut and diseases such as obesitytype 2 diabetes and colon cancer. A healthy gut acts as a barrier against toxins. Therefore, it is important to build the right kind of ecosystem within the bowels to process food and stave off illness,” says Dr Vaishali Lokhande, Consultant, Internal Medicine, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai.

The most plentiful and important bacteria in the small intestine is the Lactobacillus species (a gut-friendly microbe). “Lactobacillus ferments indigestible carbohydrates and supports the breakdown of sugar in dairy products, which are a common source of food sensitivities. Intestinal microbiota also help in proper development of the immune system,” says Bhakti Samant, Chief Dietician Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

Junk food items like pizzas and burgers harm the intestinal microbiota leading to gastric discomfort. (Shutterstock)

While some foods can help to boost your gut health, junk food items like pizzas and burgers harm the intestinal microbiota leading to gastric discomfort.

“Fast food is empty of fibre and has high amounts of refined sugar, salt, fats and oils, which are difficult for the gut to break down. They also delay gut movement exposing the bowels to toxins and carcinogens. Too much junk food can irritate the lining of bowels and slow down digestion making you feel bloated. A high-fat diet also triggers an immune response leading to inflammation and tissue damage. Chronic inflammation can make one prone to cancer,” says Dr Lokhande.

Dairy products like curd, yoghurt, buttermilk, lassi and smoothies are gut-friendly. (Shutterstock)

So, what should you eat for good gut health? Here’s what the experts advise:

Dairy products

Foods packed with probiotics are good for the gut. “Food items like curd, yoghurt, buttermilk, lassi and smoothies are gut-friendly. Fortified drinks like yakult or chewable tablets are a good source of Lactobacillus as well,” says Samant. During stomach infections, a diet of curd rice can promote lactobacillus bacteria in the gut.

Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are rich in antioxidants and soluble fibres, which promote gut flora. “Ground flaxseeds can be added to any dish to improve fibrous content,” says Dr Lokhande.

Apple cider vinegar is a source of pectin, which is beneficial for removing toxins from the body. (Shutterstock)

Banana

Bananas are rich in fibre, potassium and magnesium. “It can fight inflammation and aid digestion,” says Dr Lokhande.

Apple and apple cider vinegar

Apple is a source of pectin, which is beneficial for removing toxins from the body. It also restores the balance of bacteria in the gut and reduces inflammation, says Dr Lokhande.

High-fibre foods

Eating whole grain and high-fibre foods like oats, nuts and seeds boosts the digestion process; nuts are also rich in antioxidants.

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