There are many ways to lose weight fast. But are they healthy and will you keep the weight off? The healthiest way to lose weight and to keep it off is by following a well-balanced diet, some exercise and good sleep. It’s that simple. There is no need to starve yourself to lose weight!
Important Things to Know About Food
for Healthy Weight loss
Cutting back on simple carbs such as refined sugars, doughnuts, cakes, bagels is a must. Instead, replace simple carbs with complex carbs such as quinoa, beans and lentils. By replacing simple carbs with complex carbs in your diet, you will keep your hunger at bay, which contributes to weight loss
Protein and Fat
Include lean, organic, and grass fed meats, wild fish and organic eggs in your diet. When it comes to fats stick to healthy fats, such as coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, organic butter and nut oils. Lean proteins and healthy fats will give you energy and keep you full longer therefore keeping you from snacking in between meals
Low Carb Vegetables
Carbohydrates provide energy! Unfortunately, overload of carbs turns into fat. Low carb vegetables such as kale, broccoli some squashes are your lifeline to health and weight loss, so load up on these healthy gems! They contain fibre, vitamins, minerals and are low in calories. The best part is by eating low carb veggies you will reduce your craving for high carb foods such as pasta and bread. Including low carb veggies in your daily meals will add healthy nutrients for optimal health.
Processed Fruit Juices and Sugary Drinks
Drinks such as pop and juice boxes are mostly empty calories and are the most fattening things you can put in your body. The ingredient list on the packaging of these drinks states natural ingredients. What does this really mean? Instead, eat fresh berries, melons, avocados and drink plenty of water. Drinking more water, will reduce hunger and can relieve bloating or mild fluid retention. Our body is composed of an average 60% of water. When your body is dehydrated, you may feel tired. When you are tired, you will probably eat for energy. Have a large glass of water instead of a snack, and you will see a spike in your energy!
Whole Food VS Processed Food
Always choose whole food! Processed food is loaded with processed sugars, starches, bad fats, table salt, extra calories and may contain artificial ingredients. Whole food means, unprocessed and unrefined as much as possible and does not contain artificial ingredients. Check out our easy to make weeknight meals section featuring recipes made from whole foods
But There is More to Healthy Weight than just Food!
We all know that exercise helps burn calories. You do not need to spend hours in the gym each day to stay healthy and slim. Try lifting few weights and go for a short brisk walk, basically, keep moving. You will burn calories and prevent your metabolism from slowing down which can happen when you start a weight loss diet
Good Night Sleep
A good nights sleep is very important! Waking up energized after a good night sleep will reduce hunger. Our bodies need food for fuel, so if your body thinks it is tired, you will crave food. A good night sleep will stop you from overeating and keep you energized
In conclusion, it is all about whole foods consisting of complex carbs, lean proteins, healthy fats, low carb vegetables, plenty of water, exercise and good nights sleep. Changing to a well balanced healthy diet will help you lose weight and keep it off
Check out our cooking light section of healthy gluten free recipes and create your weekly meal plan. You will find that these delicious recipes are simple and easy to prepare and your entire family will love
This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to offer medical advice