Losing weight may come easily for some and hardly for others. The secret lies in choosing the right tasty food which will make you feel satiated for longer and provide you with healthy nutrients.Getting slimmer is not just about reducing your food intake and cutting food out of your diet. It is rather about changing your lifestyle, the kind of food which you are eating. Not many people can stand being on a diet and sooner or later start eating normal portions and come back to their previous weight or becoming even heavier – this is the common yo-yo effect. If you do not want to be one of those women experiencing the yo-yo effect, read this article till the end and find out the secret of slim women who do not have to worry all the time about weight loss.
Lentils, split peas, beans, peas, chick peas are very healthy food swaps and also a cheaper alternative compared to meat and poultry.
Lentils, split peas and beans
Swap your meaty steak or a stew for a meal with lentils, split peas or beans. They are full of proteins,
filling like meat but low in calories compared with a meat substitute. If you want to make them an extra light meal, do not add any fat while cooking them; just add water, chopped or natural tomatoes and your chosen spices. You will feel full for a long time without high calories and saturated fat intake. Do not give up on them if after eating them for first time, you won’t like them; just try different spices next time. Many people do not like them at first time but later on they become their favourite meals.
Properly cooked lentils should look like mushy peas. You can cook them with spices like garlic, paprika, pepper, salt, bay leaves, vegetable stock and whatever else you think you will like. You can also add a little bit of a tomato puree or chopped tomatoes at the beginning of the cooking process. Lentils are great for digestion and healthy cell growth.
You can choose between red, brown or green lentils, butter, kidney, black, butter or brown beans and many others, whatever you will find the tastiest.
Although peas are just vegetables, they are full in fibre, minerals, Vitamin K and C. They contain about 5% of proteins, so it is best to combine them with lentils, brown rice, chick peas or a lean steak to offer your body all essential amino acids.
People are confusing them very often with peas and think that they are just a slightly different kind of peas. Chick peas, unlike green peas, are high in proteins, low in fat and can be a good addition to a healthy diet. They contain about 25% of proteins.
Brown rice, brown bread
Both of them are wholegrain products, which are rich in minerals. They are high-fibre food which gives a low score on the glycaemic index compared to their white counterparts.
Again, they are incomplete proteins (contain about 2.5% of proteins) so it is best to combine them with other food like lentils, peas and etc to offer your body all essential amino acids.
They contain about 5% of proteins and are rich in betaglucans, which reduce bad cholesterol levels. They are rich in Vitamin B, Selenium and Manganese. Oats have a low score on the glycaemic index and help you to feel satiated for longer.
It is quite common knowledge that eating some vegetables in any amount won’t make us put on weight. By eating celery, you can actually end up burning more calories by digesting it than your body will get by consuming it; do not worry your body will still get vitamins and minerals from it. Again like lentils celery contains fibre (boosts your metabolism) and foliate ( it is essential for producing new cells in your body).
Although dark chocolate is not a low-calorie food, it fulfils your sweet tooth appetite after eating a few grams of it without the need to eat the whole chocolate.
There are two major reasons why it is a healthy food leading to long term weight loss:
- It contains a high number of antioxidants;
- You will never be able to eat it in large quantities as you can with milk chocolate or other sweets.
So use dark chocolate to curb your cravings for sweets with just a few pieces.