Chia seeds are the seeds of the Salvia hispanica plant, which is a member of the mint family. Chia seeds have become extremely popular in recent times and for a good reason.
Chia seeds offer a host of benefits such as relatively affordable, highly nutritious, high in fiber, rich in various vitamins and minerals.
Below are some of the benefits of Chia seeds that may supplement weight loss –
Chia seeds can absorb up to 10X its weight in water. Because of this, chia seeds/water can prolong hydration and improve nutrient absorption of electrolytes.
Chia seeds are full of healthy fats and fiber, which help you feel full or satiated, so you will eat fewer calories overall which may lead to weight loss.
The high fiber content in Chia seeds helps to relieve constipation and speed up metabolism.
Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and other good fats, which helps to curb the desire for sweet cravings and snacks.
Quantity – 100g
Calories – 486
Protein – 17g
Carbohydrates – 42g (out of which 34g fiber)
Fat – 31g (out of which only 3.3g is saturated fat)
Calcium – 63% DV
Magnesium – 83% DV
Iron – 42% DV
Bear in mind that Chia seeds are high in calories and we all are very well acquainted with the concept of calories in-calories out.
You will gain weight, no matter what you eat, if you are eating more calories than you burn. The best way to include Chia seeds in your diet for weight loss is to have them in moderate quantity, maintaining your caloric intake side by side.