Tag team your weight loss with these superheroes and their sidekicks. Just say beat it to the bulge and eat with food combining (FC) in mind. Some foods are better together because they optimize your metabolism making it easier to maintain or lose weight. By building up your knowledge on winning combos, you’re one step closer to your weight loss goals.
The Science of Food Combining & How to Make it Work for You
Originally conceived in India food combining or trophology is about structuring meals around ingredients that pair well together to optimize digestion. Foods are broken down into groups: fruit, vegetables, protein, fats and starch. The basic commandments of FC are:
- Consume fruit with only fruit on an empty stomach.
- Veggies with every meal.
- Mixing protein, starches and fat is a no-go zone.
We’re not saying we’ve bought into this old fashioned trend — not when all the advances in science have made a compelling case as to why FC is as mythical as a freakin’ unicorn. But, the concept of dynamic partnerships between foods to get your metabolism moving is something we can get on board with. We also agree that eating more vegetables can only benefit you. But, one sticking point for us, law #3 claims spaghetti and meatballs is a no-no. Dream on! For two reasons we shake our heads at this:
- It’s spaghetti and meatballs...come on!
- FC says mixing meals (fat with carb) isn’t something our body can digest but that’s a fallacy, the body has evolved to digest whatever blend of foods we dump into it.
But just because the reasoning behind FC has been debunked doesn’t mean we can’t apply some of its philosophies to get us eating better. Bottom line, optimal health means eating a well-balanced diet. Better quality fuel (foods naturally rich in fiber and protein) in the tank will keep you satiated to prevent snacking and help you shed the pounds.
Supercharge Your Digestion, Power Food Pairs for Weight Loss
Let’s construct a menu worth sinking your teeth into to help you lose weight.
Option 1: Eggs Your Way
Studies show that eggs score high on the satiety scale making them excellent for breaky! Eggs are superfoods that contain all 21 amino acids, good fats and nutrients like choline (cognitive function) and lutein (eye health).
- Hot Sauce or cayenne: Pour that sh!t on everything - the capsaicin aids in weight loss.
- Spinach: For your vision and prevention of heart disease or cancer.
- Peppers: Saute bell peppers in an omelet for an antioxidant and vitamin C boost.
Option 2: Oatmeal
This whole grain is packed with beta-glucan fiber and protein to keep you full. Beta-glucan has a slew of benefits from helping build good gut bacteria to controlling sugar levels. Couple it with:
- Banana: Great for weight loss, heart health and digestion.
- Cinnamon: An antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and other health benefits.
Option 1: Build a Parfait
Full-fat yogurt with probiotics, like Greek, not the sugar-laden low-fat kind, makes for an awesome meal. Yogurt is great for maintaining your weight with it’s high protein levels. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, seeds (like Chia) and nuts. Nuts are high fat, promote good metabolic function and can contribute to weight loss, namely almonds, as studies suggest their calories aren’t absorbed by the body - i.e., they don't turn into fat if eaten in moderation.
Option 2: Avocado Toast
This fruit comes with a superfood label. Its high fat, low carb profile has been shown to help you feel fuller for a 28% reduction in calories (over the next 5 hours)! Mash up some ‘cado, add a touch of garlic powder, salt, pepper and a bit of butter then coat a piece of whole wheat toast (lowers risk of obesity).
Option 1: Spicy Chicken & Broccoli
Season chicken breast with cayenne to crank up your weight loss. Between the protein hit from chicken and the capsaicin, you’ll fill up quickly and eat up to 60% fewer calories. Broccoli has a high protein count and has a remarkable nutritional scorecard, so steam up some broccoli and dinners served!
Option 2: Salmon & Sweet Potato
Known for its omega-3 fatty acids, protein and healthy fats, salmon is an inflammation buster and plays a huge role in weight loss. Bake a sweet potato with the skin on for extra fiber. New studies suggest that sweet potatoes act as appetite suppressants.
Winning Food Combos for Weight Loss
Champion your weight loss goals with these superfood combos. Eat your greens with every meal and consume foods rich in fiber and protein to beat cravings. Be your own damn superhero and follow a similar meal plan and you'll be shredding calories in no time.
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