Chia seeds are right on top of our list of the best healthy seeds. They're highly nutritious, relatively affordable and have a mild flavour that works in many dishes - from yoghurt cups to puddings to salads.
What's more, while chia seeds are relatively high in calories, thanks to their healthy dose of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, they're a welcome addition to weight loss diets. Keep reading to learn more about the weight loss benefits of chia seeds.
Chia seeds can help you lose weight the healthy way…
No single food – not even a nutritional powerhouse one like chia seeds – can make or break your weight loss
on its own. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you’ll need to lose weight the healthy way. This means following a balanced diet that contains fewer calories than you burn each day. This way, your body uses the fat
that your body stores as a source of energy.
So how do you determine how many calories you’ll need daily? It depends on a number of factors, such as your weight, height, body composition, activity level, age and gender. That said, it often takes some trial and error to figure out how many calories you burn each day. A safe rate for weight loss
is cutting your calorie intake by 500 calories per day – this should help you lose an average of 0.5 kg per week.
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How much of these healthy seeds you should eat daily
A 0.5 kg serving of chia seeds contains 139 calories, which is about 9% of the daily calorie limit for a 1,500 calorie diet, or 7% of a 2,000 calorie diet. While that’s a significant portion of your daily calorie intake, keep in mind that these healthy seeds will also give you a lot of nutritional value for your calorie investment, so they’re a worthwhile addition to your weight loss diet!
Tip: When you’re adding chia seeds to dishes, make sure you only use seeds that have been hydrated in fluid. Eating these healthy seeds dry on their own poses a choking hazard.
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