The little chia seed is only seventy four calories per tablespoon. It is relatively easy to lose weight when adding them to your diet, but you need to understand their properties when incorporating them into your diet, to use them as an effective aid to weight loss.
Chia seeds have the unique property of absorbing liquid
They can absorb nine to twelve times their own weight of any liquid they are added to. This means they can be used to thicken soups, stews and gravies, thus extending the foods you eat and making you feel full more quickly. Soaked seeds can also be used as a substitute for eggs or butter in baking which gives fewer calories.
Chia seeds are high in nutrition
They provide a complete source of protein, are high in omega fats, minerals, B vitamins, calcium and antioxidants. For the amount of calories they contain, these seeds are extremely high in nutrients. Eating a healthy diet is one way to manage your weight, as you are then less likely to feel hungry. Eating foods that are low in nutrition can often lead to over eating as the body intuitively realises that something is missing.
Chia seeds are digested slowly
Not only do they help you to feel full quickly, they also help you feel fuller for longer due to the way they digest slowly. When the seeds are hydrated a gel forms around each seed. This gel slows down the digestion of the seeds. They digest at a slow and even rate, so blood sugar stays at an even rate. The high level of good fats and protein also aid in slowing down the rate at which they are absorbed. This tends to keep hunger at bay, making you less likely to look for between meal snacks.
Chia seeds are high in fiber
High fiber foods can help you feel full and they aid in regularity. You will notice your stomach feels and looks flatter after a few days of adding this food to your diet.
You will feel more energetic
The high nutritional value of this food, plus its ability to release its energy providing nutrients slowly, means that you will feel more energetic for longer periods. Take advantage of this by increasing your activity level, exercising more or just walking more and burning more calories. Understanding the properties of chia seeds and using them in your diet on a daily basis can help you eat less, eat a more nutritionally balanced diet and increase your energy. These are all things which can help you lose weight.