Losing weight is a combination of what you eat, how much you exercise, and to some extent, your family history. There is no one miracle food. However, there are foods that support weight loss.
Your first step is to remove all sugar and artificial sweeteners from your diet. Sugar is very easily processed, and your body is happy to store all those calories.
If you are upping your exercise to help your body burn fat, eating sugar won’t help. An average soft drink has 8 teaspoons of sugar, roughly 72 calories. To burn off one 8-ounce soft drink, you need to take 1440 steps (half a mile).
Artificial sweeteners are no better for you. In fact, there is a lot of evidence that eating artificial sweeteners actually makes you gain weight. Artificial sweeteners trick your body into thinking it is about calories. When it doesn’t, it makes you crave them!
Replace Sweeteners with Fruit
Fruit has many benefits – vitamins, anti-oxidants, and fiber. It generally comes in a single serving and helps you feel full. Fruit juice is not a good substitute because juices often have added sweeteners and lack fiber.
Back in the 1920s, the grapefruit diet was all the rage. Turns out great-grandma was on to something. Research indicates that obese people who ate half a grapefruit before each meal dropped an average of 3 ½ pounds over 12 weeks.
Fill Up on Soup
Eat a broth-based soup to feel fuller and eat fewer calories. Avoid the high calorie cream-based ones. If you choose pre-made soup, try for a low-sodium version.
Salt is important, but most people get plenty of salt in their diet. If the soup has pasta as a filler, leave it in the bowl.
Add a Lean Protein
To lose weight, eat good quality protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair muscles, organs, skin, and other tissues as well as making enzymes, hormones and even neurotransmitters.
Protein makes you feel full longer than any other food type. For both men and women, increasing the amount of lean protein reduced snacking and increased weight loss.
Lean protein includes beef, chicken, pork, salmon, trout, and whole eggs. Obviously, how you prepare the lean meat determines how healthy it is. Frying your protein is not a good way to eat lean protein. Smothering it in barbeque sauce or tartar sauce is not particularly beneficial.
Vegetarians have some excellent options for protein. Quinoa, chia seeds, seitan, and of course, beans are excellent sources of quality plant-based proteins. Plant protein is every bit as healthy as meat protein.
Eat Your Veggies
Raw, steamed, or roasted veggies are good for you! Veggies are made of fiber and fiber keeps you feeling full longer. They are also full of a variety of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and other important nutrients. Do your best to eat a rainbow of veggies with every meal to maximize the nutrient intake.
Boiling veggies robs them of nutrients. A nice salad fills you up. Roasted veggies are almost sinfully good. Just don’t fry them, slather them in butter or dressing, or top them with more than a sprinkle of cheese.