Many people are finding it extra difficult to lose weight. And why not? Eating is fun and comforting. But there are people who are also successful in this endeavor. The technique is to focus on what you can eat rather than what you cannot.
To lose weight, it is important to reduce your caloric intake. Weight gain happens when you take more calories than your body can use. Your daily calorie needs to depend on your age and activity level. But on the average, an adult woman will need between 1600 and 2400 calories daily. For adult men, it is between 2000 and 3200 calories daily.
The Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study and it found out that the more effective way to shed excess weight is to take in fewer calories. Cutting about 500 calories daily can make you lose about a pound in a week.
If you are intent on cutting your caloric intake, here are some delicious foods to fill your cravings:
Eating eggs for breakfast is a smart strategy for losing weight. There are different ways to cook eggs and you can even incorporate them into a wide range of meals and snacks. On average, an egg contains 72 calories and 6 grams of protein. Eggs make you feel full for a longer time, thereby reducing your cravings to eat more later on.
A study that was published in the International Journal of Obesity shows that dieters who ate two eggs daily for breakfast were able to lose 65 percent more weight compared to participants who ate a bagel which contains the same number of calories. In the same research, they found out that eggs may contain properties the suppress the appetite of a person beyond breakfast.
Apples are low in calories, and rich in dietary fiber. A medium-sized apple contains less than 100 calories and about 4.4 grams of fiber. This makes apples great for digestion and weight loss. According to a research featured in the Journal of Nutrition, increasing your fiber intake may prevent weight gain.
Considered as a versatile fruit, you can eat an apple fresh, baked for dessert or as a component for your fresh salad.
Oats can make you feel full for a longer time. That is because it is rich in dietary fiber. For one cup of cooked oatmeal, you’ll get 4 grams of fiber. When you feel full, you are least likely to consume heavy snacks or meals during the day.
Moreover, a study featured in the Journal of Nutrition proves the benefits of eating oatmeal and other slow-releasing carbohydrates. The study found out that eating these foods three hours before doing your exercise routine helps you burn more fat. The reason behind this is that this type of carbohydrate does not spike the blood sugar level as high as when you eat refined carbohydrates. In turn, your insulin levels will not spike as high. Since insulin plays a crucial role in telling your body to store fat, a low-level insulin promotes burning of more fats.
Mushrooms are a good substitute for meat such as beef and chicken because they are low in calories. This post listed the calorie contents of the different types of mushrooms. For instance, the popular Oyster mushroom only contains up to 43 calories per 100 grams. Another favorite is the Shiitake mushroom which contains about 34 calories per 100 grams. On the other hand, there are about 250 calories in a 100-gram beef steak and about 195 calories in 100 grams of chicken breast.
Mushrooms can be integrated into different types of dishes where you would otherwise use meat. They are also great for soups. With mushrooms, you can satisfy your gastronomic cravings for meat without gaining more pounds.
Cucumber is one of the foods with the lowest number of calories. For every 100 grams of cucumber, you only get 10 calories. Since cucumber contains about 95% water, it is effective in taking up room in your stomach. So they are great in making you feel full when you are hungry while sticking to your weight loss plan.
Aside from eating them fresh as is, you can also add cucumber to your salad, shake or beverage.
Who says weight loss plans will make you go hungry? You’ll never be if you keep a stash of these foods in your pantry.
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