Dieting is not about depriving your body of all the vitamins and nutrients it needs, it’s about being healthy and eating smart. What does eating smart even mean? Well, it means choosing foods that are low in fat and have lost of fibers, vitamins and antioxidants. It also means cooking your food differently, forget about frying, food can be just as delicious steamed or baked, if not even more so.
No, I don’t mean crazy. Seeds and nuts taste great and they have what it’s called “healthy fat”: monounsaturated fat. They also have proteins, so snacking on nuts or sunflower seeds is a great way to make sure you get the energy required to sustain yourself until your next meal. You can also add seeds to your salad or your grilled chicken.
Always go for whole grain
This is an extremely important group of foods, as these foods are a source for fibers. Fibers help you have a healthy digestion and also aid in weight loss. There are may products out there containing whole grain: breads, pastas, tortillas, but remember to check the label and make sure you’re buying the right stuff.
Don’t forget about your veggies.
We all know how important vegetables and fruits are in a healthy diet; they are the main sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, some even contain fibers. Plus, they taste really good! Try to eat as many raw vegetables as possible and prepare a salad to accompany your every meal. Fruits make great deserts and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning is a great “Wake me up” drink.
Proteins and Dairy
It’s important to make sure your body gets proteins, these help in building muscles and encourage weight loss. Most proteins are contained in meat, however go for meat that is poor in fat: chicken breast, fish, turkey. Eggs also contain proteins, but try boiled eggs rather than an omelet. Your bones require calcium to stay healthy, so it’s highly recommended that you include milk and cheese in your diet, but pick up skim milk and low fat cheese.
Eating healthy is not that hard, you can still enjoy tasty and delicious food. You shouldn’t expect changing your eating habits over night, but small changes really do make a difference. So start eating smart and be healthy!