By Faith McGee
What Foods Do You Eat to Lose Weight?
Maintaining a healthy diet of nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is an effective and easy way to lose weight.
By Faith McGee
The diet industry has seen exorbitant growth, especially in the last decade. Because of rising rates of obesity and diabetes, millions of people start diets on a daily basis. Unfortunately, poor planning, food cravings and fast food have made it difficult for these diets to work. Most diets are not sustainable. They allow too few calories and meal choices. They don’t factor in the hectic schedule of people’s lives. Also, many of them are drastic and cause headaches, mood swings, dizziness and fatigue. You can combat the downfalls by eating a realistic diet and changing eating behaviors.BreakfastEver find yourself rushing to work with a extra large coffee cup and a bagel in the other hand? You are not alone. Breakfast is often missed by those on the go. But it sets the precedent for your entire day. Lunchtime will roll around and you will be famished and tired. Make a healthy breakfast the night before by using sliced fruit, low-fat yogurt, and sugar-free muesli. Even a stop at a drive-through is fine if you choose properly. An egg on an English muffin has under 300 calories. Refrain from adding their processed meat and cheese. If you have ten minutes to spare in the morning, make yourself an egg white omelet packed with vegetables. Top with salsa for additional antioxidants. Avoid hunkering down to a breakfast of cereal. It is better to get fiber other ways through whole grains, legumes, peas, spinach and broccoli.Snacks and LunchPeople generally start hearing the call of the vending machine either midmorning or midafternoon. The majority if not everything you find is refined sugar and processed food. These are empty calories. You can enjoy a grapefruit with a slice of healthy low-fat cheese for almost a third of a package of chips or crackers. Bring snacks with you or leave them in the car. Nuts travel well but should be eaten in moderation and not include honey or salt. Two tablespoons of cashews have 200 calories. That is the equivalent to two apples. Lunch can put any dieter in the danger zone. Many lunch options consist of deli meat that is high in bloat-causing sodium. Sandwiches and salads can rival hamburgers in calorie allotment. Eat whole grain bread and do not top with mayonnaise. Instead use mustard, hummus or avocado. Use a salad dressing of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Load up on vegetables and low-fat meat. You can cook chicken breasts at the beginning of the week and enjoy them on salads and sandwiches.DinnerAfter-work drinks put you at risk for binging. Eat a small meal before going out or refrain from drinking. Stick with low-carb beers or wine. A mix drink can have up to 400 calories. Have a good idea of what you want to eat before going home. Planning ahead will keep you out at the grocery store. It is easy to buy junk food when you’re hungry and tired. Prepare a quick meal of whole grain cous cous with tofu or fish. Purchase a variety of spices. You can tailor your meal to fit your taste through curry, garlic, pepper, onion powder, chili powder, saffron and parsley. Going through the week without a high-calorie meal is difficult. Allow yourself one day on the weekends to enjoy what you’ve been missing. Go right back to your diet the next day, but you will find yourself more willing when you know you can enjoy again. Holidays cause a lot of anxiety. Don’t feel like you’ve blown it after one day of generous servings. Just pick up your normal eating schedule the next day. Exercise in moderation. Overexercising causes muscle strain and leave you famished. Keep your goals realistic. By following an easy eating schedule, you are more likely to meet your weight loss goals.ResourcesreferenceHealthy EatingreferenceLow-Fat Recipes
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