Summers are here and we are always occupied with the thought of preventing ourselves from the harsh heat, heatstroke, and loss of appetite. For most of us are advised that we switch to fluid based diet as they are easy on stomach, hydrate the body and also keep us full. However, we also have a certain group of people who would go beyond the miles to measure how much they eat. By and large, they are referred to as the "calorie conscious people". Here's the good news! The calorie-conscious can now also look up to having the foods which have long been unknown or neglected. So let's have a look at them:
- Soup- Though known to many, the goodness of soups is largely underestimated due to the fad associated with having packed food which claims to have low calories. Some research suggests that a bowl of soup may be more filling than solid foods. Soups are the best way to keep your calorie intake in check or even decrease the same in a healthy way provided you suffer from obesity and are in need to lose weight fast.
- Eggs- They have been misunderstood or perhaps even demonized as food which we should have in summer season. Some think that the eggs can increase the bodily heat, and others are concerned about the repercussions that the skin can face. In reality, eggs are extremely nutrient-dense, as they’re low in calories but rich in many vital nutrients. A single large egg has is a source to 72 calories, 6 grams of protein and a wide array of important vitamins and minerals which make for the nutrition of the body in the most balanced way. Studies suggest that starting your day with a serving of eggs can reduce hunger and boost fullness.
- Popcorn- In our focus to have more of the vital nutrients for summers like protein, carbohydrates and vitamins, we tend to overlook the importance of fiber. Thanks to the high fiber content in popcorn, it slows your digestive process to promote fullness, but it can also stabilize blood sugar to prevent hunger and craving.
- Fish- Fish is rich in protein and heart-healthy fats. It is known to all. What we also need to know is that an approximate 85gms of fish serving provides over 15 grams of protein whilst keeping the calorie intake under 70 calories! Some research points out that increasing protein intake can decrease appetite and reduce levels of ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates hunger.
Hence if we have these foods in the summer, we can keep the calorie count in check though it also must be understood that one can consume food and suppress hunger when needed. The reason being that the kidney functioning must also be kept intact and checked once in a while with CBC test.