5 Weight-Loss Nutrients You Need Now

The top five nutrients that every fat-loss diet should include—and the foods to find them in

December 15, 2012
5 Weight-Loss Nutrients You Need Now

The last few pounds are always the toughest to lose. The key is making sure your body has everything it needs to be the most efficient fat-burning machine possible, says Margaux J. Rathbun, a certified nutritional therapy practitioner and creator of Authentic Self Wellness. Below are five nutrients that every fat-loss diet should include—and the foods to find them in.



Fiber
Fiber supports healthy digestion and promotes weight loss by helping you feel full for longer and curbing hunger pangs and snack cravings.
Find it in: grapefruit, spinach, raspberries, and cabbage.

Iron
Your body needs iron to maintain steady energy levels; when energy is low, your workouts aren't as effective, even if you're able to drag yourself to the gym.
Find it in: swiss chard, shiitake mushrooms, kale, and broccoli.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Healthy fats provide energy and support functions essential to weight loss, like the production of healthy cells and hormones in your body.
Find it in: wild salmon, flaxseeds, walnuts, and chia seeds.

Vitamin D
The sunshine vitamin is essential for calcium absorption and also plays a role in maintaining a healthy weight.
Find it in: organic eggs, fresh cod, and sardines.

Resveratrol
There is evidence that this antioxidant can slow the aging process, and recent studies show that resveratrol can have a positive effect on metabolism and support weight loss.
Find it in: mulberries, grapes, blueberries, and peanuts.