How To Lose Weight & Get Ripped With Chia Seeds


Who would have thought these tiny chia seeds had so much power?

Chia seeds are good news for anyone who wants to lose weight and boost energy levels. This member of the mint family is packed with fibre, antioxidants, essential minerals like calcium and iron. 

Not just that, chia seeds are also the richest plant source of omega-3s which is essential for bone health.  

Nutritional Value Of Chia Seeds

2 tablespoons (30 gms) of chia seeds contain 10 gms of fibre, 5 gms of protein and 138 calories.

Chia seeds are 20% protein which exceeds the protein content of most grains and seeds. The protein present in these seeds is of high quality and it provides all essential amino acids. 

How Much Chia Seeds Should You Eat In A Day?

The recommended dosage of chia seeds is 20 gms (1.5 tablespoons) twice a day. 

But if you’re training to burn fat and achieve a ripped body, you need to consume 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight. So you can consider adding a few tablespoons of chia seed into your protein drinks.

Chia seeds can speed up the weight loss process by 10-12 times by producing a gel in your stomach that curbs your hunger and makes you feel fuller for longer. 

It also promotes the process of breaking down carbs and converting them into sugar. This allows your body to use the carbs as energy instead of storing it as fat. 

Best Ways To Eat Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are flavourless which makes it really easy to add them to a drink or dish. The best way to reap the most benefits out of these mysterious seeds is to eat them in the morning. 

Chia Seeds + Water

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The simplest way to include chia seeds in your diet is by adding them to your glass of morning water.

Soak 2 tablespoons of chia seeds in 3 cups of water for 30 minutes. If you want some additional flavours, squeeze a lemon, orange or add chopped fruits. 

Chia Seeds + Coconut Milk

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If you want to make chia pudding thicker and slightly sweet, add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to ½ cup of coconut milk and soak it for a couple of hours. 

Some people don’t like the texture of chia seeds. If you don’t enjoy chewing the seeds either, use a blender to smoothen the texture.

Chia Seeds + Apple + Yoghurt + Peanut Butter

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Like smoothies? Take 1 chopped apple, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 1 cup of yoghurt and 1 tablespoon of unsweetened peanut butter. Add the ingredients to a blender and blend until the mixture is smooth.

Chia Seeds + Jam

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Chia seeds act as a great substitute to pectin (a fibre present in fruits that traps the liquid) in a jam as they can absorb 10 times their dry weight in water. 

Pectin is bitter and it needs more sugar to soak the liquid and bind the suspended pieces of fruit in jam. But if you use chia seeds, you won’t need to add too much sugar to make it taste sweet.

When compared to regular sugar-packed jam, chia seeds jam is much easier to make. 

Add 2 cups of fruit into a saucepan over medium-high heat. Once it warms up, mash it with a spoon until it reaches your desired consistency. Then, add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and give them a good stir until combined. Remove from heat and the jam will start to thicken as it cools.

The whole process will barely take 10 minutes. Add it to a jar and store.

Chia Seeds + Cereals

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Swap your regular cereal for chia cereal.

Soak the seeds overnight in milk and top it with nuts, seeds, fruits or cinnamon. To add some more flavours, you can also add mashed banana and vanilla extract.

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The Bottomline

Chia seeds are not a substitute for a healthful diet and exercise. But they are a nutritious replacement for higher calorie foods and an excellent source of fibre. 

If you’re trying to lose weight and working out to achieve abs, you can also start adding chia seeds to your salads, kebabs, granola bars, ice creams and baked items as well.  

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