If You Want To Lose Weight, Here Are Nigerian Foods You Should Try

To eat as much as you want and gain little or no additional weight is what most ladies long for. Alas! you can’t eat your cake and have it.

Hence, the more you eat the more calories you gain except for a lucky few.

If you are eager to lose weight, then you should change your feeding habits.

1. Watch Your Calorie Intake

Eating a healthy meal does not guarantee that you’ll lose weight. You can still gain weight if your healthy meal is high in calories.

To avoid this reduce the size of your servings. When you visit a restaurant, do not eat everything that is served.

2. Eat More Fruits

Fruits like mango, watermelon and paw paw are quite common in Nigeria. Adding this to your diet will provide your body with many of the essential vitamins and minerals it needs.

These fruits are also good sources of fiber, which will regulate your digestive system.

3. Avoid High-Calorie Meals

High-calorie ingredients such as yam, cassava and plantain are staples of many Nigerian foods such as amala, akpu, tuwo iyan, pounded yam and garri.

Stew and soup is also prepared with a heavy helping of palm oil, which has a high calorie value. Avoid eating large meals. Instead eat smaller portions.

4. Protein

Eat more of beans if you are not a fan of beans then eat moin-moin. Do soya milk instead of the usual.

Mackerel is a good way to tone up your tummy because it is high in protein and low in ‘bad’ or saturated animal fats.

5. Plantain Flour

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Plantain flour is much more preferable to Garri and it’s affordable. It also curbs diabetes.

6. Basmati Or Ofada Rice

Basmati rice should take the place of the normal Nigerian rice. The preparation differs from our normal naija rice and it takes shorter time to prepare – about 10 minutes.

7. Garlic

Despite the strong odour, it is a very strong anti-oxidant and helps purge your intestine and body of toxins.

A few cloves of garlic everyday can help you achieve a flat tummy. It can be added to your cooked meals. Go for some garlic supplements which are odourless if you can stand the smell.

8. Water

Drinking lots of water is quite essential if you are looking to lose calories because most times we confuse thirst for hunger.