When it comes to weight loss, knowing what to eat and what not to eat is key. It’s important that we aren’t hungry and tempted to grab something that will all too likely turn out to be high in calories but low in nutritional value.
Our bodies need to be fuelled with a diet designed to give us loads of energy and enable us to lose weight.
What are these kind of foods? We all know that we should eat a balanced diet but these 5 foods stand out as shining stars. Here’s the list of the 5 Foods Everyone Should Eat:
3. Whole grain products
4. Low-fat dairy products
5. Low-fat proteins such as chicken, fish and lentils.
With a diet based on these types of food, you need never be hungry and they pack a powerful punch of goodness.
Keep in mind how you choose to prepare food is also a factor. Grilling, steaming, baking etc., rather than frying is always the better option. If you do choose to use oil then extra virgin olive oil is a good choice as it’s a monounsaturated fat and research shows that monounsaturated fats help keep “bad” LDL cholesterol low and boost levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. In addition, extra-virgin olive oil is high in antioxidants called polyphenols that have been linked to heart health. “Pure” olive oil (i.e., not virgin) doesn’t contain these “bonus” antioxidants. Canola oil is also a good choice. Avoid sauces and condiments and use seasonings like fresh or dried herbs, lemons or limes, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar and mustard to enhance flavour.
Make very sure you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and incorporate a healthy mid-morning and evening snack if you feel hungry. As long as you are choosing from among our good guy foods you will be on the right track. Breakfast could be something like 1 cup cooked oatmeal, sprinkled with 1 tablespoon cinnamon and chopped walnuts, 1 banana and 1 cup skim milk. For dinner, think something like a medium-sized salmon fillet, baked in foil with lemon or lime juice with a teaspoon of olive oil, mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli and carrots. Have a small cup of low-fat yogurt for dessert. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Remember – a healthy balance of proteins, specific types of complex carbs, fruits, and veggies, dairy and unsaturated fats is your weight loss friend.