Some foods are better for weight loss, others worse – sometimes far worse. But who’s to tell the difference? After a while, all the low-fat this, no-fat that runs together, and understandably so. Weight loss nutrition can appear to be a bit of a heavy subject, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are five ways to thin out all the options.
1.) Greens are Good – Seems like our parents were right all along. But not just because they said so. Vegetables and some fruits contain phytochemicals, unique compounds not found in other foods, that bolster the immune system and can also help reduce weight naturally. So look for broccoli, carrots, red bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, grapefruit, strawberries and blueberries the next time you’re in the grocery store. Vegetables can make a delicious side to an main course, and fruit is good just about any time of day.
2.) Watch the Dairy – Dairy products are essential to weight loss nutrition, but taken in consideration of fat content, the picture can change a little. Many of us enjoy at least a cup of milk a day, for the added benefits of extra calcium and other nutrients. However, switching over to 1% milk can cut out 6g of fat, and that’s only if you drink one glass of milk a day. Or, maybe you like cream in your coffee. If you switch instead to 2% milk, 3g of fat can be removed from your daily diet. And not many of us drink only one cup of coffee a day.
3.) Fat is Fundamental – Just not too much of it. Fat is an integral part of any diet, except the only problem is that we sometimes eat more of it than perhaps we should. Leading dieticians are recommending that fat should comprise only 30% of our daily calorie intake. How to get rid of the excess fat? It’s really not too difficult. Buy leaner meats for dinner, and don’t eat as many snacks with a high fat content.
4.) Calorie Care is Crucial – Absent saturated fats and excess preservative chemicals, not much can be worse for you than foods with enormous quantities of calories. This may be the simplest step to take of all – just check the nutrition facts on the back of a snack to get an accurate assessment of just how many calories you’re eating. Sometimes, size can be deceiving, and what seems like a fairly medium snack can turn out to be at least half a meal.
5.) Props for Protein – Ensuring that protein finds its way into your diet doesn’t mean buying into the “protein-only” diets that have come and gone. Regulating yourself to one type of food is never the best choice, but those protein diets did have something right – that protein bolsters the kidneys’ power to get rid of ketones, or excess buildups of fat. However, taken in high quantity protein can ultimately harm your body, forcing the expenditure of nutrients that are otherwise key. But kept to a reasonable amount, lean meats, nuts and spreads such as peanut butter can give you energy and help take care of that excess fat.
Losing weight is never an easy task, and choosing the right foods isn’t always easy. But weight loss nutrition doesn’t have to be as complicated as it can sound. Try beginning with these 5 basic guidelines. It may end up being a lighter task than you expect.