Healthy dieting and weight loss tip 4:
To lose weight, you have to eat fewer calories.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to eat less food. You can ﬁll up while on a diet, as long as you choose your foods wisely.
Fiber: the secret to feeling satisﬁed while losing weight high-ﬁber foods are higher in volume and take longer to digest, which makes them ﬁlling.
There’s nothing magic about it, but the weight-loss results may seem like it.
High-ﬁber heavyweights include:
Fruits and vegetables : enjoy whole fruits across the rainbow (strawberries, apples, oranges, berries, nectarines, plums), leafy salads, and green veggies of all kinds.
Beans: select beans of any kind (black beans, lentils, split peas, pinto beans, chickpeas).
Add them to soups, salads, and entrees, or enjoy them as a hearty dish on their own.
Whole grains – Try high-ﬁber cereal, oatmeal, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, whole-wheat or multigrain bread, and air-popped popcorn.
Focus on fresh fruits and veggies
Counting calories and measuring portion sizes can quickly become tedious, but you don’t need an accounting degree to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables. It’s generally safe to eat as much as you want, whenever you want.
The high water and ﬁber content in most fresh fruits and vegetables makes them hard to overeat. You’ll feel full long before you’ve overdone it on the calories.
Eat vegetables raw or steamed, not fried or breaded, and dress them with herbs and spices or a little olive oil or cheese for ﬂavor.
Add nuts and cheese to salads but don’t overdo it.
Use low-fat salad dressings, such as a vinaigrette made with olive oil.
Pour a little less cereal into your morning bowl to make room for some blueberries, strawberries, or sliced bananas. You’ll still enjoy a full bowl, but with a lower calorie count.