Finding Variety in Weight Loss Food

Variety in food choices can be helpful when trying to lose weight. If you feel like you have to follow a regimented plan and eat what you think is the one best weight loss diet food: one of these in the morning, this at lunch and that at dinner, you will get bored, begin to have cravings for foods not on your list, and then may end up falling back into old habits. If you can get a good list of weight loss food and the amount you should have that would equal a serving, then planning, shopping, and creating your meal plans will get easier and more enjoyable.

A weight loss food plan is inevitable. You have to look at what you are eating, how you can change what you are eating, and what foods will benefit you the most based on your goal. Unless you are following a regimented plan like the South Beach Diet or Slim First, you will have to educate yourself on how many servings from each food group you should have per day and what a serving size is. Broadly speaking you need 2-5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2-3 of dairy and protein, and 6-10 of whole grains.

I think that looking specifically for food for weight loss is not the right approach when you are trying to drop pounds. Instead, the goal should be more to eat from all the food groups in a way that your body is constantly being fueled. 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day is best.

That being said, there are certain “super” foods that are more nutritionally dense than others that can aid in you weight loss quest.

Lentils: High in protein and fiber they are a nutritious choice to add to salads, as a side, or as an actually meal. They stabilize your blood sugar and prevent blood sugar spikes that will help you body fight the bulge around your abdominal area.

Oats: High in fiber and digest slowly, they enter into your bloodstream slowly preventing blood sugar spikes. Increase stamina and energy by eating them first thing in the morning.

Eggs: If you are a calorie or fat gram counter, then you might want to eliminate the yolk, but even with the yolk, this is a great way to start the morning. A piece of toast will not satisfy you for long, but add an egg, you are off to a great start.

Goji berries: actually a good source of protein and amino acids, they add into a trail mix quite well and will satisfy your food cravings.

Apples are another healthy weight loss food. High in fiber (4-5 grams) it is a satisfying snack and can help fight the cravings for crunchy snack foods.

Blueberries are a great source for antioxidants. My favorite way is to rinse and freeze and eat either in smoothies or just as a frozen little treat.

Chiles: these actually boost your metabolism. We actually use chiles almost everyday whether in homemade salsas or just diced into eggs or lean cubed meat.

Yogurt: dairy for women has been shown to increase your ability to lose weight, but yogurt in particular is a good choice. It increases immune function and will add to your protein intake for the day.

Avocados: high in monounsaturated fat (29 grams), it is a “good” fat that is a great party food and very filling.

Olive oil: like avocados it is high in good fat and so will curb your appetite when used in salads and such, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties that can also aid with regulating your metabolism.

These food choices can aid in your weight loss. Diet foods really do not exist unless you view “diet” as your overall health plan. Variety in snacks and meals can aid in healthy weight loss. Food from the list above are only suggestions and there are many more choices that I will be covering in days to come.

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  • Randy S. Mar 30, 2011, 4:09 pm

    I have incorporated most of the foods that you mentioned above into my diet plan.
    Another food that is excellent for dieting is beans. I make a killer bean soup with black, red kidney and navy beans. I throw in some garlic and onions — add water and chicken or beef broth and I jazz it up for taste. This soup is filling, satisfying, very healthy and not calorie dense and it keeps me full for awhile. It is also tasty and I find when I eat it I am not jonesing for food. When I keep myself full and satisfied while I am dieting I tend not to think of all the junk food I would to be eating.

    Randy

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