9 Healthy Nigerian Foods That Will Help You Reduce Weight Fast

If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important that you watch what you eat

Contrary to popular opinion, there are a lot of Nigerian meals that can actually help you in your weight losee journey. As long as you eat in moderate proportions, eat at the right time and exercise, you are good to go. Here are some Nigerian foods that are great for weight loss.

1. Pounded Yam 

Pounded yam is a popular meal consumed around Nigeria. It’s made from yams and is rich in iron, and Vitamin A. Studies have shown that yams contain lower glycemic index than many other starch-based foods like carrots and peas.

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2. Wheat

Wheat based meals are low in cholesterol and rich in dietary fibre, wheat is sure to help you tone down and reduce your blood sugar level progressively.


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3. Unripe Plantain

Unripe plantain is rich in iron, fiber and other essential nutrients.  The south-south people of Nigeria consume unripe plantains a lot. It is can be consumed in a variety of ways, and it’s a great weight loss meal.


4. Garlic

Garlic is a great choice for weight loss.  It is a very strong anti-oxidant and it helps purge your intestine and body toxins. Eating few cloves of raw garlic every day will greatly help you get a flat tummy.


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5. Ofada rice 

If you’re trying to lose weight you’ve probably heard that you should stay away from rice. However, ofada rice is a great alternative because it is much healthier than white or foreign rice and also an effective Nigerian meal for weight loss. It contains more dietary fibre than any other rice. Fibers help digestion and boost your metabolism.

Ofada Rice and Ayamase Sauce

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6. Potatoes

Potatoes contain nutrients such as potassium which many people lack. They also have a high satiety index. This simply means is that when you eat white, boiled potatoes, you will naturally feel full and eat less of other foods.



7. Bitter leaf soup

Bitter leaf is a great Nigerian delicacy. It’s delicious and helps to keep your blood sugar low. It also contains essential properties that can help you avoid sugar and prevent weight gain.

Ofe Onugbu (bitter leaf soup)

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8. Legumes

Legumes such as soy, beans and cowpea are high in protein and fibre, which are great for losing weight and keeping in shape. They also contain zero fat.

stewed beans


9. Seafood

Seafood includes fish, crayfish and crabs. They contain omega-3 fatty oil, protein and iodine. The protein and oil found in sea foods are great for weight loss.

catfish pepper soup