Fad diets and hardcore weight loss pills may seem like a great way to lose weight fast, but if you want permanent weight loss results, then you may have to make some changes to your diet and your exercise routine.
Cutting out sugars and soda, eating more vegetables and fruit, hitting the gym on a regular basis – they’re all part of maintaining a healthy body and slimming down.
But where to begin?
With so many programs, tips, and suggestions out there all claiming to be a fast way to lose weight, it can be overwhelming to try and do everything at once.
Rather than exhausting yourself on trying to maintain a “perfect program” you might want to consider on focusing on making just one lifestyle change at a time, such as swapping out your ordinary snacks and meals for the fat-fighting foods listed below.
Eat More Wheat
If you’re familiar with healthy foods and whole grains, then you’d already know that eating whole wheat is better for you than white breads and refined flours.
They’re high in fiber and lower in calories, so you can feel fuller for longer periods of time without the every-annoying urge to snack.
In a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, dieters who persistently included whole grains with their meals were more likely to lose fat around their middle than those who opted for enriched sources.
However, squeezing more whole grains into your diet can be difficult if all you can think of eating is a couple of slices of wheat toast for breakfast. To increase your fiber intake, swap out breadcrumbs for rolled oats when you make meatloaf or add a handful of barley to your favorite soup. Opt for a side of brown rice instead of potatoes when at a restaurant, or if you’re feeling adventurous at home, swap out rice for Quinoa.
It’s Better than Butter
Avocados include high concentrations of vitamin c and e as well as a healthy dose of manganese to keep your body in tip top shape.
Additionally, Avocado contains heart-healthy omega-3s to help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The next time you decide to make chocolate chip cookies, try including Avocado to help fight the fat.
While it may add a greenish tinge to your cooking, swapping out mashed avocado for butter may help you cut down fat content by as much as 40% as well as save you money at the grocery store. You can’t taste the avocado and the texture is still soft and chewy like a cookie should be.
When You Need Something Crunchy
If you’re feeling peckish and need something to munch, rather than grabbing a bag of chips, reach for the popcorn instead.
Air popped popcorn (not the movie popcorn drenched in butter) is a 100% whole grain that doesn’t require any additional processing. But that’s not all!
According to Kantha Shelke, a spokeswoman for the Institute of Food Technologies, “Popcorn has an antioxidant called Ferulic acid that. . .exhibits a wide range of therapeutic effects against cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s) largely because of its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.”
Find popcorn a little too bland when compared to your favorite brand of nacho chips? Try sprinkling popcorn with parmesan cheese or using a light coating of spray butter to add a little extra flavor.
Just because you’re cutting calories doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice flavor. Rather than focusing on what you can’t eat, find out what fat fighting foods you can swap out instead, adding healthier replacements rather than simply subtracting your favorite snacks and sweets.