Diets don’t work. Restrictive meal plans deprive people of foods they enjoy-which is one reason that they fail. If you or a loved one have been on a constant cycle of weight loss and gain–you know exactly what I mean.
The following are some tips to help you improve your nutrient intake without completely giving up your favorite foods.
Avoid drinking your calories
Unlike the feeling of satiety that you can get from the food, beverages do not keep you feeling full. On top of that, studies have found a strong link between body weight and sugary drinks such as sodas, milkshakes, and frappuccinos. Even seemingly healthy drinks like smoothies and juices can be loaded with sugar so be mindful and read labels before choosing your beverage.
-If you chose to drink alcohol, mix it with squeezed citrus juice or sparkling water.
Keep your favorite foods- but add more vegetables and fruits.
Fruits and vegetables have a high fiber content which keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Vegetables are low in calories and help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Sometimes prepping your vegetables can be time consuming, so spending a little bit more money for pre-chopped produce might be the way to go.
Another way to get in your fruit and vegetables is to include them into the foods that you already eat. Try adding vegetables to your eggs or adding fruit to your oatmeal.
Spend 15 minutes chopping and preparing your vegetables after coming back from the store. You are more likely to eat “ready made” food.