10 Ghanaian Weight Loss Foods To Help You Lose Weight Faster

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10 Ghanaian Weight Loss Foods To Help You Lose Weight Faster

Losing weight is difficult, it is not easy. I always tell my clients that resort to counting calories that it is the least important thing for weight management or weight loss especially in Ghana.

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I’ll skip all the details of how calories are measured for now, but what is far more important is the overall nutritional intake and activity levels.

Aim for more whole, unprocessed, non-junk foods, such as lean meats, fish and seafood, nuts and seeds, lots of veggies, some whole fruits and moderate dairy because these foods digest far more slowly and won’t tend to spike blood sugar. Foods high in sugar, wheat and refined carbs have the opposite effect and will often spike blood sugar, adding to weight gain and disrupt hormonal levels.

Also avoid fried foods or foods high in processed veggie oils, because they quickly oxidize in the body and trigger an immune response (sugar and refined carbs like wheat do the same). And make sure you have adequate vitamin, mineral antioxidant and fiber intake.

Here is the list of the 10 Ghanaian Weight Loss Foods To Help You Lose Weight Faster:

  1. Boiled Plantain with Palava Sauce – Mostly a preserve of many Akan homes, boiled plantain with palava sauce (Kontonmire) is a very tasty local dish. It contains several nutrients like potassium and vitamins which aids in metabolism. It is also a very good diversion from the usual banku/kenkey or rice meal that contains a lot of carbohydrates and can easily bloat you. Some call it ‘’ampesi’’ but if you happen to be in Ghana and you are looking to check your weight, enjoy it’s great taste and don’t worry about getting fat!

2.Banku with Pepper and Salmon – At first glance, banku seems a no go area for you if you are seeking to control or lose weight right? Hold your breath! This meal goes with pepper and Salmon. The pepper, when made well with a good amount of onions and tomatoes provides a high amount of vitamins while the salmon has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, phosphorus and vitamins as well. Helps to keep your weight in check! Not always fried fish or chicken, if you checking your weight, smoke some salmon and grind some pepper. Your banku is set!

3. Jollof rice with Fish – The age old debate about ‘’Ghana Jollof’’ will never die but while we think about the taste and aroma, let’s remind ourselves that it is a good meal when you are trying to control your weight as well. Especially when you eat your jollof with fish and not chicken or red meat. Even the jollof itself is prepared with a ‘’sauce’’ or stew which is often high in vitamins. Ensure to limit the oil usage and accompany the jollof with fresh leaves/salad and some tuna or fish. You can enjoy your favourite food and not worry about the Gym. You will be fine.

4. ‘’Omotuo’’ with palm nut soup and tuna – It’s Sunday after church and you can’t wait to get home or to that ‘’chop bar’’ to have a feel of the special ‘’omotuo’’. This is basically rice balls. Often accompanied with soup and some fish or meat. However, to ensure that you are not gaining some extra calories, enjoy your omotuo with some palm nut soup and tuna. Avoid lots of red meat or chicken. Groundnut soup is also delicious and can be used as variety but at best, palm nut soup is your go-getter. The soup , which is rich in minerals, vitamins and essential oils is good for our health and should always be preferred over the friend and oily foods that only add up weight.

5. Boiled Rice/Yam with Garden egg stew – Another alternative to the palava sauce (kontonmire). With the popularity of fried rice and chicken or Jollof and chicken, many young people have almost forgotten about this meal. In the not too distant past, garden egg stew was a delicacy to enjoy. Either with boiled yam/plantain or with rice. This is also very good for weight control because of its high amounts of manganese, potassium, calcium and dietary fibre. The dietary fibre helps in metabolism and this allows for proper weight control and good health

6. Oats – Eating oatmeal for breakfast is a weight loss tactic that many people would recommend. Starting your day with a bowl of oatmeal will fill you up with fibre that will make you feel less hungry for the rest of the day. Oatmeal also provides a great source of slow-release energy, so you won’t feel the need for a mid-morning pick-me -up snack.

7. Spices – Food doesn’t have to be boring, just because you are trying to lose weight and, in fact spices can be your best friend. A lot of spices that you can add to food taste great and they also have what are called thermogenic properties, which means that they boost your metabolism, so you burn calories faster. Some of the spices with this property include pepper, chilli, mustard seeds and ginger.

8. Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to regular potatoes when you are dieting and they are definitely a part of foods that help you lose weight. They will still fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied, but they contain fewer calories. Swapping the two is an easy way to reduce your caloric intake in a way that you will hardly notice. They are also very nutritious; they contain plenty of fibre as well as potassium, and vitamins A, C and B6.

9. Nuts -Just about every diet plan that there is includes nuts and that is because they make the perfect between-meals snack. Just a handful of nutritious nuts will satisfy your hunger and keep you going until your next meal, but make sure you eat nuts that are not smothered in salt, or that have other added ingredients like chocolate, or candy coatings

10. Eggs– Eggs also deserve their place in our list of foods that help you lose weight. The high protein content of eggs could be another good way to start your day too. Eating a high protein breakfast has been proven to make you eat less all the way through the day, right up until the evening.

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Health is wealth and excessive weight gain is only accompanied by lowered self confidence, health problems and extra costs for gyming, medication etc. Prevention is better than cure. Watch what you eat and you will eat happily ever after.


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