When you want to lose weight fast and want to stay in shape in the long term as well, it is extremely important to pay attention to the quality of your meals. Even if sometimes you might end up paying more on high quality food compared to what you used to pay for your regular dishes, the overall cost of nutrition will significantly decrease if you also decrease the quantities you eat. Keeping your body in shape involves both quality meals and eating in moderation.
Foods recommended for weight loss
The following foods combine a minimum calorie intake with a maximum nutritional value. These are the foods that should get a high ratio in your daily meals.
- Green vegetables and vegetables with green leaves, such as: spinach, fennel, cabbage, chicory, beet greens, cucumbers, asparagus, celery, green salad or chard. Onions, red radishes and tomatoes are also great vegetables you can include in your meals on top of those aforementioned.
- Light meat without any visible fat, such as: veal, beef, chicken breast, white fish, shrimp, lobster and crab.
- A slice of whole grain bread or half a bowl of whole grain cereals or any other small amount of pure whole grain foods at a time.
- Fruits with low calories such as grapefruit, oranges, green apples, strawberries, watermelon or honeydew. In general: all fruits with high water content are good for weight loss, because they offer a feeling of satiety, while adding a low calorie intake.
- Cottage cheese without salt, pepper or vegetables.
- Low-fat dairy products, such as skimmed milk and low-fat yogurt.
- Raw almonds, which maintain your blood sugar within normal limits. Avoid almond butter you find in supermarkets, as it probably contains many food additives, which slow down your digestion and add extra calories to your diet.
Conclusion: Any foods aforementioned can be successfully included in a weight loss diet. However, this does not mean you can eat them in whatever amount and lose weight at the same time.
In addition, you shouldn’t focus on a particular food, but make sure that your meals consist of all food categories, in the following ratio:
- 2 (vegetables, fruits, almonds and dairy)
- 1 (protein – meat)
- 1 (carbs from whole grains).
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