Best diet foods for weight loss

There are many ways to lose weight; there are those that may put your health at risk like surgery, weight loss pills, and fad diets and there are the so called “natural weight loss methods” like exercise and diet. Among all these weight loss techniques, nutritionists and fitness experts would agree that eating right is the best way to do it. So here are the best diet foods for weight loss.

#1 Oatmeal for breakfast

Oatmeal is known to be rich in fiber and is very good for the heart due to its ability to lower cholesterol. Furthermore, oats are heavy on the stomach which means a bowlful of it is enough to make you feel full for the whole morning. For this reason, you get to avoid unnecessary mid-meal snacks.

Although oats are carbs and low-carb diets are quite popular because of their ability to help you lose weight fast, recent studies reveal that people who consume whole grain carbohydrates are less likely to gain weight or develop obesity than those who are under a fad diet.

Tip: If you wish to maximize the benefits you’ll get from oats, serve a bowlful of oatmeal topped with fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and apples. These fruits contain very little calories and are rich with essential vitamins and minerals. Also, try using oats instead of breadcrumbs when preparing meatballs or as breading for turkey and chicken. These are healthier and not to mention, tastier!

#2 Steak for lunch

Meat lovers will surely rejoice to hear that weight loss does not require you to limit your diet to fruits and vegetables only. In fact, eating meat –lean meat that is – is highly recommended because they contain high amounts of protein. Protein helps build the muscles, and the muscles help burn more calories, thus including lean meat in your diet will surely help you lose weight and may even give you some muscles to brag.

Tip: Frying lean meat would significantly increase the calorie content of the dish. So, instead of frying it, better grill or bake it with some aromatic herbs rub for that “oh so delicious” meal minus the calories.

#3 Vegetable and fresh fruit salads for dinner

This one is quite obvious because vegetable and fruit salads are almost always in a dieter’s list. However, do remember that not all salads are healthy. There are those that contain heavy salad dressings and some meat that could spike the calorie content of the dish to as much as 500 calories. In fact, a hamburger at McDonalds which accounts to 250 calories is a better choice than the McDonald’s Premium Southwest Salad with Crispy Chicken which contains 430 calories per serving.

Tip: When preparing a salad, use olive oil or lemon juice with a dash of salt and pepper instead of mayonnaise or any other heavy salad dressings. It will significantly decrease the calorie content of the dish.

The above suggestions, if done right, will surely help you lose weight fast. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water after every meal and as often as you can, this will help your digestive system and increase your metabolism for a more effective weight loss.

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Hara Hagikalfa

Hara Hagikalfa completed her BSc(Hons) in Health and Exercise Science, Sports Science and Medicine. She is a certified Personal Trainer and Pilates instructor. You can learn more about Hara and connect with her on Facebook

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