Weight-watching is something that all intelligent people do these days, regardless of whether they’re over the recommended bodyweight for their frame or under.

If you’re determined to live a healthy, productive life then it pays to pay attention to what you eat. Here are some of the top superfoods nutritionists recommend for keeping you slim and energetic.

  1. Broccoli. That broccoli is being hailed as a superfood for its role in cancer-prevention is excuse enough to include it in your diet, but this delicious vegetable, cooked or raw, eaten as a soup, in a salad, or a side is also packed with fibre, meaning you’ll feel full sooner and for a longer period. It only has about 30 calories in a serving so you can enjoy it guilt-free.

2. Brown rice. It’s a much more nutritious alternative to the polished, white variety commonly used in our country. Just half a cup contains 1.7 gms of healthy carbs, resistant-starch that burns fat and boosts metabolism. Brown rice makes you feel fuller and you put on less weight because it’s low on calories.

3. Kidney Beans. An excellent source of protein and fibre (more than 5gms per serving) red kidney beans are also high in the right kind of carbs that will keep your weight in control.

4. Grapefruit. Eating half a grapefruit before each meal will help you lose weight, even if you change nothing else about your diet. There’s a component in grapefruit that lowers insulin – a fat storage hormone – this makes sure the pounds don’t pile on. Grapefruits are an excellent source of plant protein too, and since they’re constituted of 90% water you feel fuller after eating one.