Chia seeds are chock full of nutrients and fall into the category of one of the healthiest and most beneficial foods out there.
Chia seeds are commonly referred to as a superfood. It is featured in the superfoods chapter in The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide.
Chia seeds could only be found in specialty stores previously but as their popularity has increased over the last few years, they have become widely available in most supermarkets.
What is the Origin of Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are tiny black and white seeds derived from the Salvia Hispanica, which can be found in South America.
They were a staple part of the diet for Mayans and Aztecs and were regarded as a strengthening seed.
Why Chia Seeds for Weight Loss?
- Chia seeds are loaded with protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids, and antioxidants.
- The carbs in them are mostly fiber making it an excellent low carb addition to a weight loss regimen.
- Chia seed composition allows them to swell up to 10 – 12 times their weight, which will fill you up faster.
- Chia seeds have a significant amount of protein, which reduces appetite and the need for snacking in-between meals.
- Chia seeds are vegan and gluten-free making them suitable for most diets.
The only disadvantage with chia seeds is they are expensive compared to flax seeds. However, you don’t need a huge amount for your diet so a 16 oz bag should last for a while.
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How to Use Chia Seeds for Weight Loss
- I usually mix 2 full tablespoons into my smoothies after every workout and I find this to be adequate for my needs.
- You can mix a spoonful of chia seeds into your water bottle before your work out. Sip on it as you progress through your workout.
- Mix chia seeds with almond milk and set aside for 30 minutes. Eat as a post work out snack.
- Add agave nectar to chia seeds to consume as a dessert after a main meal.
- Sprinkle chia seeds on your breakfast cereal in the morning.
How Much Chia Seeds Per Day to Lose Weight?
2 tablespoons per day is a good dose of chia seeds. Chia seeds contain more antioxidant activity than most foods including blueberries.
Chia Seed Side Effects
Most people tolerate chia seeds but if you are allergic to foods like sesame seeds and mustard seeds, check with your doctor before you add chia seeds to your diet.
Chia Seeds for Weight Loss Recipes
There are many other chia recipes that can help with weight loss. I have collated some of the best ten chia seed for weight loss recipes around the web below:-
- Basic Chia Seed Pudding
- Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf
- Banana Cake with Chia Seeds
- Gluten Free Chia Chicken Tenders
- Sticky Chia Brown Rice with Fried Egg
- Chocolate and Coconut Chia Seed Mousse
- Lemon Muffins with Chia Seeds and Honey Glaze
- Blueberry Chia Seed Pancakes
- Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Shake with Chia
Besides the recipes above, you can add chia seeds to almost any recipe and unlike flax seeds, you don’t have to mill them first.
Keep in mind, adding chia seeds to your diet doesn’t automatically mean weight loss.
You will still need to address and eliminate the bad aspects of your diet as well as include exercise in your weight loss plan.
Be sure to check the chia seeds you purchase aren’t brown as these are immature seeds, which don’t have the full nutritional benefits.
The most popular recommended chia seed brands are listed below.