For most people who are overweight, the root cause is that the foods they eat every day have more calories in them than their bodies use in a day. The calories that aren’t used are stored for later use in the form of fat.
For this reason, the best way to begin the journey toward weight loss is by beginning to pay more attention to what you eat. If you’re ready to take that first step toward looking good in your favorite swimsuit or dress again, here are 6 foods you should make sure you have in your kitchen:
One of the best choices you can make for breakfast is oatmeal. Not only is it lower in sugar than many cereals, but it also keeps you feeling full for longer, so you won’t feel as tempted to snack during the morning.
Oatmeal is also a good source of protein and fiber, which helps maintain a healthy digestive system.
Eggs are also an excellent breakfast choice, because they have been shown to help reduce the body’s demand for calories during the rest of the day when eaten as a breakfast foods.
They provide lots of protein for a small number of calories, and can be prepared in a variety of ways. Hard-boiled eggs are just as good for you as poached eggs if you’re trying to lose weight.
Like oatmeal, salads create a long-lasting feeling of fullness because they contain a lot of fiber. They’re also low in calories and contain a moderate amount of nutrients.
Some healthy ingredients that we suggest including in salads are lettuce, cabbage, beetroot, tomato, and cucumbers. You can also enrich your salads and make them more interesting by adding beans or other lean proteins.
Starting your lunch off with a salad will curb the urge to eat higher-calorie foods later on.
If you find yourself getting hungry between meals, snack on almonds instead of chips or cookies. They’re lower in calories and much more nutritious. You should avoid almonds with added salt, though, as excessive salt can raise your blood pressure.
The old cliché “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has at least a grain of truth in it. The soluble fibers in apples keep your blood sugar at a healthy level, while their insoluble fibers make you feel full.
For these reasons, they are one of our most highly recommended foods for weight loss. They make great snacks, and are a good ingredient in desserts.
6. Plain Yogurt
Plain yogurt is another food that controls your level of blood sugar and curbs your cravings for unhealthy foods.
With its plentiful proteins and vitamins and low calorie count, it deserves a place as a regular part of your diet. Adding apples and other fruits to yogurt makes a delicious, healthy dessert.
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