How Chia Seeds Aid Weight Loss

Priya Johnson Dec 5, 2018
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Chia seeds keep you fuller after a meal and reduce hunger pangs during the day, by stabilizing the blood sugar levels. Thus, they help in weight loss.
Native to Mexico and Guatemala, chia seeds come from the flowering plant Salvia hispanica, which is a member of the mint family. However, these black or white seeds do not impart any mint flavor, instead they do not have any particular flavor at all.
Flavor or no flavor, these seeds have been known for increasing physical endurance. Moreover, these seeds are high in essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, detoxification properties, etc.
However, are you aware that chia seeds are conducive to weight loss? Chia seeds are more like nutrition bullets, that have been known to be great weapons against the enemy; obesity. It's been known as a 'dieter's dream food' because of its weight loss benefits.

Appetite-suppressing Ability

Chia seeds were valued crops for the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. The Aztec warriors depended on these seeds for energy and survival, as these seeds sustained them for about 24 hours. The high-fiber content in chia seeds keeps you full for longer, thereby suppressing one's appetite. When added to foods, they add bulk and prevent overeating as well.
Thus, even if a person eats the typical serving of some food, he or she feels much fuller due to the chia seeds added to it. For example, adding just one tbsp. of chia seeds to one cup of salad will fill you up completely, and will get rid of hunger pangs between meals.

Slows Down Conversion of Carbs to Fat

When brought in contact with water, chia seeds swell up 7-10 times their regular size, due to the fantastic fiber structure within them.
This high fiber content keeps us full and the nutrients present in the seeds furnishes the body with the necessary energy required to meet the challenges set before us during the day. Chia seeds contain a balanced blend of protein, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber, which give the body the energy it requires.
When the seeds reach the stomach, they absorb moisture from there and form a gel-like consistency. This gel acts as a barrier between the carbs consumed and intestinal dietary enzymes, due to which the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar is slowed down.
Thus, a steady source of energy is supplied to the body and the blood sugar level is stabilized. As we know, when the blood sugar level gets stabilized, the person does not crave for fatty or sugary foods, thereby preventing unnecessary intake of calories during the day.

Boosts Metabolism

Chia seeds are high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids content. In fact, they are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids help boost body metabolism, thus it helps burn more fat. It also promotes lean muscle mass. Moreover, these seeds are also seen to lower blood cholesterol levels.
Chia seeds can be eaten raw (after soaking them in water to form a gel) or sprinkled over salads, desserts, savory foods, or even added to smoothies.
The best part about these seeds is that they do not alter the flavor of the food items to which they are added. Moreover, they are inexpensive and easy to find. Eating chia seeds not only helps get rid of those unsightly flabs, but also helps increase overall health. However, one should also keep the side effects in mind while including them in the diet.
Disclaimer: This is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.