How often has it happened to you? You've started a diet, you've managed to avoid all the foods that tempt you when BANG! you're neck deep in a cheesecake? Sometimes, the slip can happen that suddenly, or at least it feels like it can. But the key to diet success isn't about completely cutting out the foods you love, it is about eating more of the foods your body needs! Load up on healthy, nutrient dense foods and then you'll have space to moderately enjoy the foods you love.
Here are 5 ways to eat MORE food
while still dropping weight:
Load Up On Fiber
Fiber and weight loss are a match made in heaven. Studies have suggested that high fiber foods require you to chew more which means you are eating more slowly, giving your brain more time to register that your stomach is becoming full. Fiber is also good for helping your body digest food, absorb sugar more slowly and feel satiated, longer. Boost your fiber by adding fresh fruit to your breakfast, a cup of veggies to your sandwich at lunch and at least two veggies to your dinner. You'll thank us later.
Make Water Rich Foods Your Go Tos
You know by now that staying hydrated is important to your overall health so do yourself a favour by adding foods like watermelon, cucumber, zucchini, strawberries, cantaloupe, broccoli, and even yogurt. Remember, thirst can often be mistaken for hunger. What's even better? These foods are also low in calories! Eat your heart out!
Eat Breakfast Like A Boss
Eating breakfast is a great way to keep a lid on the hunger hormone, ghrelin. This means, eating breakfast can go a long way to prevent feeling starving at mid day. Breakfast also kick starts the metabolism and signals your body that it is okay to start burning calories. And there is lots of research out there that suggests eating eggs
, or another high protein breakfast, can help you eat fewer calories during the course of the day!
Snack Your Butt Off
Eating often can help keep your hunger at bay. Research has shown that people who eat four meals a day, lose more weight. If you eat more frequently throughout the day, you'll be less likely to gorge at meal time. If you aren't famished at dinner, for example, you're more likely to make better food choices and eat more slowly which will give your body a chance to realize that it is satisfied. Whatever you choose for a snack, try to make sure it contains roughly 200 calories, three grams of fiber, seven grams of protein, and six grams of healthy fat.
Get Your Night Time Snack On
If done properly, night time snacking can actually be a benefit to your weightloss. Snacking on cherries or Greek yogurt, for example, might actually help you get more sleep as both contain sleep inducing chemicals. Many studies have linked getting enough sleep to eating less the next day and improved metabolic functioning. Yogurt also contains casein which will help your muscles faster if you've had a really tough workout. Smart night time snacks are clearly beneficial!
This is all wonderful news for dieters!
Spinach and strawberries are my go-tos. Which healthy, nutrient rich foods do you use to help keep your weight loss on track?
Source: Women's Health