You’re trying your hardest to lose weight when suddenly your head tells you it wants a burger and fries. You can’t remember the last time you wanted a burger and fries. The question is how do you avoid these cravings?
Add volume by adding low-calorie vegetables
There are lots of vegetables which are naturally low in calories and you can add at will to your diet often with positive side effects if the vegetable concerned is one of the so-called calorie negative vegetables. (Celery and apples take more calories to digest than they contain.)
Vegetables you can eat as much as you choose
Broccoli and cauliflower are both loaded with nutrients but low in calories. You can almost eat as much of them as you want. Add them to a stir-fry to get away from them being boring. You can also roast them is a small amount of olive oil to bring out their nutty flavor and add a little crunch if you like.
Arugula is low in calories and high flavor, you can effectively eat as much as you choose and you will be getting vitamin A and K.
Cabbage is low calorie and doesn’t have to be boiled. You can eat it raw shredded finely, eat it as sauerkraut the vinegar adds nearly nothing.
Peppers need to be eaten in massive quantities to even count, but they do add flavor to almost everything.
Zucchini is now even an alternative to pasta. Add a tomato sauce and even some cheese for a low calorie but high satisfaction lunch.
You need all food groups in a healthy diet
You are beginning to get the idea with vegetables. But it is important to remember you still need all the food groups in your diet. You need protein to build muscle. You want to build muscle because it burns fat faster even in a body at rest. A muscly body sitting in a chair burns more calories than the same weight but made of less muscle. Muscles work for you.
You must take in fat. You need to also take in the idea fat doesn’t make you fat. Excess calories do. Fat is a source of energy and is adept at delivering vitamins around the body like an internal postman. Fat helps your nerves and electrical circuitry work properly and as they are sending the electrical messages that make you work, they are important.
We need carbohydrates too. The brain functions on glucose which the body provides from (good) carbohydrates. If you don’t have enough you will not be able to think properly, your memory will lose acuity.
Balancing but not overdoing
The real key to long-term dietary success lies in eating a healthy balanced diet which is made up of foods as close as possible to their natural state. Meaning that they are not processed food and they have not been adjusted to remove fat, sugar or any other natural ingredients.