When you think about what foods you can eat to lose weight, you may automatically think about health foods. Many foods that are marketed as being healthy may not actually be low in calories, which is important for weight loss, or appropriate for your specific diet. Many people consider foods that are chemical-free, natural and fresh to be healthy, but when you want to lose weight, you need to select foods that are low in unhealthy fats, sugar and calories.
There are so many things that can be done with vegetables to prevent them from getting boring. You can make a salad that is quick and nutritious by keeping some mixed greens, chopped broccoli, steamed beets and sliced carrots on hand. Replace side dishes of french fries or mashed potatoes with roasted sweet potatoes. The naturally sweet flavor of these potatoes allows you to eat them without having to top them with butter. If fresh vegetables tend to go bad before you can eat them, try frozen vegetables. There are varieties that can be steamed right in their freezer bag.
You have probably heard a million times that carbohydrates are the diet kiss of death; however, this is only true of bad carbs such as white flour and processed sugar. Carbohydrates that are whole and unprocessed, such as oatmeal, brown rice and other whole grains, provide you with important nutrients and, when eaten at the right times, are a good choice for dieters. You will want to avoid eating starchy carbs, such as fruit and pasta, late in the day. If you eat six small meals each day, simply do not eat these starchy carbs during the last two and you will start to see results quickly.
Fruits give you a way to satisfy your cravings for sweets while still eating a healthy food. Fruits are low in calories and are packed with nutrients that are beneficial for weight loss. Fresh fruits are the healthiest you can get, but you can also eat frozen, dried or canned fruits, as well. If you purchase canned fruits, buy only the varieties that are packed in their natural juices or water, as fruit in syrup is not healthy at all. The fruit can be eaten all by itself or it can be used as a topping for your waffles, cereal or yogurt.
Eating nuts is a great way to prevent hunger between meals. Nuts contain proteins, good fats and vitamins. Many dieters avoid nuts due to their fat content, but nuts contain natural oils that make the fats healthy. Nuts make you feel full and give you a nearly instant burst of energy. Cashews, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts provide you with vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids.
- MayoClinic.com: Energy Density and Weight Loss: Feel Full on Fewer Calories
- HelpGuide.org: Healthy Weight Loss and Dieting: How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight
- “Choose to Lose: A Food Lover’s Guide to Permanent Weight Loss”; Ronald S. Goor; 1999
- “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth”; Jonny Bowden; 2007
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