What Are Weight Loss-Friendly Foods You Should Eat?
It is a myth that weight loss-friendly foods have to either taste like cardboard or are difficult to source. This could not be further from the truth; in fact, these foods are easily found throughout the island and you might already be eating them!
Prioritise these dishes and incorporate them into your diet so you can get all their benefits.
Here are some of Singapore’s favourite foods that are secretly good for your weight-loss journey:
List of Weight Loss-Friendly Foods
If you’re the kind of person who cannot function without your first cup of coffee in the morning, then this is good news for you: research has shown that a cup of coffee a day helps in stimulating “brown fat”, the kind of fat that burns calories to give you heat and energy.
For breakfast, have your coffee siew dai or kosong to lower the amount of sugar and condensed milk that comes with your beverage. Skip the kaya toast and instead enjoy the soft runny eggs with your kopi – the eggs are a nutritional powerhouse filled with protein to help you lose weight while keeping you full.
This superfood is full of water, fibre, and is the perfect way to consume healthy fat. Best of all, it helps you feel full faster so you don’t overeat.
Thankfully, because avocado hype is all the rage, you won’t be hard-pressed to find a shop that sells fresh avocadoes.
If you don’t have time to prep meals yourself, opt for an avocado salad or toast at your nearest trendy cafe.
Salmon is great for those going on a weight-loss diet. As a fatty fish, it is full of Omega-3 fatty acids and protein.
Omega-3 fatty acids help you lose weight by increasing your metabolism, while protein retains your muscle as the kilos drop. Salmon is also full of iodine, which helps your thyroid keep your metabolism running smoothly.
Besides supermarkets and food courts, Singapore even has salmon ATMs so you can buy this superfood at your own convenience.
Full-fat yoghurt sounds like it’s miscategorised as a weight-loss food, but the truth is that the full-fat version is found to reduce the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes over the low-fat version, which is full of sugar.
Full-fat yoghurt helps your tummy process food better, thanks to probiotic bacteria that aid your stomach against leptin resistance and inflammation.
Yong Tau Foo
Although hawker food gets a bad rep for being oily and unhealthy, there are some staples that can be great for your weight loss diet, especially the ones where you can customise
Yong Tau Foo is great for this since you can pick and choose which veggies go into your dish. Opt for the soup version: studies have shown that eating the soup version of a dish makes you feel more satiated and you consume fewer calories.
Also, ask the hawker to boil the ingredients instead of frying them to avoid added grease, and hold off on the tempting hoisin sauce – that stuff is full of sugar.
Popiahs are great for when you’re on the go. Aside from being only 187 calories a roll, each one is teeming with nutritious vegetables, egg, peanuts and chilli. It’s filling as a snack or a quick lunch alternative, and it’s so much healthier than grabbing a fried spring roll.
Dieting is one of the hardest parts of weight-loss, but you don’t have to make drastic changes to see results.
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