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4 Reasons Chia Seeds Will Shrink Your Waistline

by Sportitude
13 Oct 2016

When it comes to weight loss, we are all used to deducting things from our diets so we thought it was time to start adding rather than subtracting. That’s right. If keeping that waistline trim is on the agenda, a superfood so small and fine could be making a world of difference to reaching those goals. That little superfood is chia. Here at the 4 reasons why you should be topping all your yogurts and smoothies with this little wonder. 

Let’s talk protein: What’s the first step we take when trying to lose weight? We amp up our exercise routine which also means we increase our food intake. But reaching for a few extra snacks or increasing our portion sizes can undo all that hard work put in at the gym. This is why protein-rich foods are key. Protein not only helps build muscle mass but keeps us feeling fuller for longer. Opt for a homemade Chia pudding after your next gym session to ensure you don’t spend the rest of the day snacking. 

Let’s talk fiber: No amount of stomach crunches and planks will deliver a flat stomach when a poor diet is at play. Ensuring you have adequate fiber intake will help you create the flat stomach you desire and will aid in your overall weight loss. This is because fiber helps boost your metabolism, helping keep you regular and feeling light. What better way to add fiber to your diet than with a spoonful of chia seeds in your next smoothie, which leads us to our next point… 

Let’s talk carbohydrates: While chia seeds will help keep you regular, they are also low in carbohydrates. Chia seeds will not only help keep you full and regular, these little wonder seeds contain only 12 grams of carbohydrates in every 28-gram serving. 

Let’s talk healthy fats: While it may be tempting to believe that cutting fat out of your diet will help you lose weight, this is a myth that is about to get busted. Now, we're not talking cheeseburgers and fries. Health fats such as Omega-3 not only help keep us feeling fuller for longer by helping regulate our blood sugar levels. Chia seeds are packed full of healthy fats and nutrients such as  essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including sulphur, iron, iodine,  magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, and are a rich source of anti-oxidants.