What are chia seeds?
What we know as chia seeds are the seeds from the Chia plant, which is a member of the mint family of plants. They do not have a minty taste, in fact they do not taste of much at all. The benefits of chia lie in its nutritional value as they are high in omega-3 fatty acid, has plenty of fiber, and is abundant in various other vitamins and minerals. It can be added to just about anything you want to eat: salad, smoothies, deserts or savory foods. And that’s not all, chia can actually help you lose weight.
How to lose weight with chia seeds?
All of the nutritional value in chia seeds will result in a healthier body, and therefore more supply you with more energy. Chia is abundant in omega-3 oils, protein, calcium, soluble and insoluble fiber and antioxidants. Adding Chia to your diet will feed your body with nutrients that it may otherwise lack. Better health equals more energy which equals more desire to expend energy.
Also, one of the unique things about chia is its ability to soak up water. If you mix one part chia seeds with nine parts water, and leave it for about fifteen minutes, you`ll get a mixture with a gel like consistency. It has little taste, but plenty of nutrients. It also is very filling because of the amount of expansion. Furthermore, the chia gel slows down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates in the system making you stay satisfied for longer which will reduce any uncontrollable cravings. Feeling full for longer, without peaks and lows in energy, will certainly lead to weight loss.