2019 is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to make your resolutions for the new year.
Thinking about getting in shape in 2019? Then, you’re going to need a new diet to follow! Thankfully, there are plenty of tasty foods out there that will help kick-start your metabolism and shed the pounds.
Here are nine low-calorie, high-protein foods that experts say you should add to your diet to start losing weight in 2019:
1. Full-Fat Greek Yogurt
Start your day with a serving of whole milk Greek yogurt to get your metabolism revved. Not only is it loaded with protein and nutrients, but Greek yogurt will also keep you feeling satiated throughout the day.
Salmon gets its anti-inflammatory properties from omega-3 fatty acids like EPA and DHA, which have been found to decrease levels of LDL and triglycerides.
These powerful berries contain high levels of bioflavonoids, which are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. A serving of blueberries can help you shrink your waistline and combat inflammation-causing free radicals.
4. Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are another healthy way to get a daily dose of inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids. They boast nature's highest concentration of plant-based omega-3s and makes for an easy addition to any meal!
5. Tart Cherries
Oregon Health and Science University researchers consider tart cherries to have the "highest anti-inflammatory content" of any food because of the fruit's high levels of anthocyanins, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant.
Eggs are one of the healthiest foods you can eat for weight loss. First, the cholesterol in eggs increases HDL - “good” cholesterol – and second, and the antioxidant lutein (found in the yolk) lowers inflammation.
Consuming healthy fats like avocado instead of high-carb alternatives helps reduce inflammation and aids in weight loss. “As you reduce carbs, your body will be prompted to use fat for fuel, resulting in weight loss from this fat-burning metabolism," Colette Heimowitz, a nutritionist at Atkins Nutritionals, tells SheFinds.
Quinoa is loaded with protein and fiber, giving the metabolism everything it needs to burn calories for weight loss. It contains all nine essential amino acids which makes it a complete protein – and you won't find those stats in carb competitors.
Lentils are an excellent source of plant-based protein and fiber, which helps keep your blood sugar stable for weight loss. They're also filled with iron, protein, vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, zinc, potassium and vitamin B6.