Top 8 Great Weight Loss Pairs

When it comes to slimming down, two (or more) foods can be better than one. That’s because each has different nutrients that work together. As a team, they can help you fend off hunger, stay full longer, and burn fat or calories better than they would solo.

#Pair1: Chicken and Cayenne Pepper


 Chicken breasts are known to be good for weight loss, and for good reason. One breast serves up 27 grams of protein for fewer than 150 calories. Protein takes longer to digest, and that can keep you full longer. Spice up this dinner staple with a rub or sauce made with cayenne pepper, popularly known as ‘shombo’, ‘Bawa’, Red hot chilli pepper or the Guinea Spice in Nigeria. It may boost your calorie burn and make you less hungry.

#Pair2: Steak and Broccoli

Too tired to hit the gym? This meal can help you out. Beef is rich in protein and iron, which your body uses to build red blood cells. They take oxygen to your organs, so falling short in those can zap your energy. Broccoli is the perfect side, because its vitamin C helps your body take in iron. A half-cup of this veggie has 65% of all the vitamin C you need in a day. You’ll get broccoli at any of the Shoprite malls in Nigeria or in major markets.

And in case you’re wondering what a steak is, it is A steak is a meat generally sliced perpendicular to the muscle fibres, potentially including a bone.

#Pair3: Green Tea and Lemon

If you need a pick-me-up, brew some green tea. The low-calorie drink is packed with antioxidants called catechins, which may help you burn more calories and fat. Japanese scientists found that people who drank a bottle of tea high in catechins each day shed more fat after 2 weeks than those who didn’t. To make it even healthier, add a squeeze of lemon -- it helps your body absorb them.

#Pair4: Oatmeal and Walnuts

A simple way to slim down: Eat the rough stuff. Simply adding more fibre to your diet can lead to weight loss. That’s because your body can’t break down fibre, so it slows down digestion and takes up space in your stomach. With 4 grams of fibre per cup, oatmeal can be a good source. Walnuts (or Asala in Nigeria) add another 2 grams, plus satisfying protein and crunch.

#Pair5: Avocado and Dark Leafy Greens

A spinach or kale salad is low in calories and high in nutrients, but it can leave you wanting more. To make it more filling, top it with avocado. One study showed that people who had lunches that included the green fruit felt 23% more satisfied afterward than those who didn’t. That’s because it has a kind of good fat (monounsaturated) that staves off hunger. Bonus: Avocado also helps your body absorb more of the veggies’ disease-fighting antioxidants.

You’ll get your greens in major markets in Nigeria, including Shoprite.

#Pair6: Fish and Sweet Potato

Fish is often called “brain food,” but it’s also good for your waist. Its omega-3 fats may help you lose body fat, and salmon is a top source. Plus, one 3-ounce serving packs in 17 grams of protein. Serve it with a baked sweet potato for a filling yet light meal. A 5-inch-long spud has 4 grams of fibre and just 112 calories.

#Pair7: Yogurt and Raspberries

This creamy treat may help turn up the fat burn. Research suggests that people who get more calcium and vitamin D as part of a weight loss plan shed more fat than those who don’t. So, look for a vitamin D-fortified yogurt, which serves up about 35% of all the calcium you need in a day. Top it with half a cup of raspberries (I’m sure you’ll get this at Shoprite) for sweetness and 4 grams of fibre.

#Pair8: Eggs, Black Beans, and Peppers

Oyinbos can funny at times sha. Just eat beans. Yes, our normal brown beans. It’s rich and high in fibre. You can add eggs, according to this post (for me I’ll suggest boiled eggs though, I think it will go better). Start your day with this protein-packed scramble. According to research, people who had eggs for breakfast ate 22% fewer calories at lunch -- and less the entire day -- than those who had a bagel (Jewish bread). Black beans and peppers make this morning meal even more filling, thanks to a double dose of fibre.
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