Losing weight is one concern among most of the people and end up quitting when they find no results even after working out. Weight loss needs proper nutrition along with working out. You need to keep a check on what you eat and what you don’t eat in order to maintain a healthy weight. We often end up gulping down junk food when hungry or when we crave and this takes a toll on our health! Here are simple food swaps for dramatic weight loss:
CHICKEN STOCK SOUP INSTEAD OF CREAMY VEGETABLE SOUP
If you eat non-veg (some people don’t!) you can definitely ditch your favourite creamy vegetable soup for nutrition and protein loaded chicken stock soup. Simply add steamed veggies to your chicken stock and you are done! Chicken stock is loaded with proteins, vitamins, calcium etc. that is great to maintain a healthy weight. Besides, if you work out, this soup works in building up your muscles and repairing them too just like protein shakes do. More on benefits of chicken stock>>
AVOCADO SPREAD INSTEAD OF BUTTER
Avocado contains health protective anti-oxidants and high fibre which you won’t find in butter. Besides, it also contains vitamins and minerals. It is creamier and flavourful than butter and makes a really good bread spread for a fulfilling breakfast. Simply mash the avocado pulp and also add some olive oil to it if you like. Spread this on a toast and enjoy! More on health benefits of avocado>>
WHOLE FRUITS INSTEAD OF JUICES
100% homemade fruit juices are healthy no doubt, but whole fruits are healthier! Whole fruits contain all the fibre and nutrition from the peels but juices lack them! Juices are digested super-fast but fruits take comparatively more time since they have to be metabolised and this also keeps your metabolism in top condition! Thus aiding weight loss. More on fruits for weight loss>>
OATMEAL INSTEAD OF GRANOLA BARS
Granola bars are regarded as healthy but you need to look into the ingredients! Some granola bars contain sugars and almost all commercially available granola bars contain preservatives, flavouring agents, acidity regulators and what not. Instead, opt for a bowl of steaming oatmeal. It is full of fibre and nutrients and taste great. Cook oatmeal with low fat milk or almond milk and add honey to it along with fruits of your choice. Read more on benefits of oatmeal>> and some overnight oatmeal recipes>>
1 INGREDIENT BANANA ICE-CREAM INSTEAD OF ICE-CREAM
Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamins, fibre and nutrients. If you are really craving ice-cream, go for it, but choose the healthy 1 ingredient banana ice-cream. Commercial ice-creams contain milk, flavouring substances, preservatives and acidity regulators. You can make your very own homemade ice-cream with just few frozen bananas. Put 2-3 medium sized bananas in a blender and blend it until smooth. Pour it in a bowl and refrigerate. Your ice-cream is ready. Recipe for 1-ingredient banana ice-cream>>
100% DARK CHOCOLATE INSTEAD OF REGULAR CHOCOLATES OR DESSERTS
100% dark chocolate contains antioxidants, nutrients and good fats. It also keeps your digestion in top speed that makes metabolism easy. The important thing to remember is the amount because dark chocolate does contain plenty of fat and calories. Stick with a 1-ounce portion. More on benefits of dark chocolate>>
SOME WEIGHT LOSS DIET TIPS:
- Drinking water can boost metabolism by 24-30% over a period of 1-1.5 hours, helping you burn off a few more calories.
- Eating whole eggs for breakfast can have all sorts of benefits, including helping you lose weight.
- Drinking green tea can help you burn calories, mix it with your water and sip throughout the day.
- If you want to lose weight, you should be cutting back on added sugars. Just make sure to read labels.
- Cut back on your total food consumption. Using smaller plates has been shown to help people automatically eat fewer calories in some studies.