What foods work well with losing weight?
Vegetables, that’s what! – the more the merrier.
When you finally get going on your diet, you’ll probably have a list of foods specific to your personal diet needs. However, that may not happen in your case.
This article is not about choosing your diet. Everyone has to make that decision. As soon as you decide to go on a diet, you have to decide: which diet?
That’s a personal choice that I’m not discussing now. What I’m discussing is foods that will work well for losing weight – generic diet foods.
Whatever diet you are on, a good guideline is this: Eat vegetables throughout your day.
When you first begin your diet, choose three non-starchy vegetables each day. Later on, work yourself up to five. Finally, make seven vegetables each day your new habit.
Begin with some vegetables at breakfast. A good example is scrambling veggies in your eggs: peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, for example.
At lunch, enjoy a large salad or vegetable soup.
Good snacks include hummus with your cucumber slices and bell pepper slices.
Carrots sticks and celery slices are easy at snacks and meals.
Fresh veggies are best, but you may use frozen if that’s what’s available.
Vegetables listed below should be good on most any weight-loss diet. You may find a few on this list that won’t work for you. Veggies to avoid are those served creamed, or with a cheese sauce. Breaded vegetables are not a good option. Anything in a creamy dressing is a bad choice. This also includes fried vegetables.
Overall, this list should be adaptable to your needs:
alfalfa sprouts, artichokes, asparagus, arugula
beets, bok choy, broccoli, butternut squash
cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, celery root, collard greens, corn, cucumbers
edamame, eggplant, green beans
lettuce of all varieties, lima beans
mushrooms, mustard greens
parsnips, peas, peppers (all varieties), potatoes
radishes (all varieties), rhubarb
sauerkraut, snow peas, soy beans, spaghetti squash, spinach, split peas, summer squash, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard
wax beans, winter squash
yams, yellow squash
Fruits are not quite as easy. Some diets don’t include many fruits. Also, diabetics need to talk to a medical professional or dietitian before eating much fruit. Skip the canned fruits, even in their own natural juices. Dried fruits and fruit chips are not a good option. Fruits that have been processed are not a good option.
bananas, blackberries, blueberries
cantaloupe, cherries, clementines
papaya, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, pomegranate
Whatever your diet, if you eat more fresh fruit and vegetables and fewer processed foods, you’ll lose weight, clean out your arteries, balance your blood pressure, and reduce your health care costs.
Whatever diet you finally choose, I hope you’ll join this blog on your journey. I’ll be sending you tips, information, and tactics to help make your weight control easier.
I’m hoping you’ll find that eating well is not difficult but IS delicious. I’m also hoping that you’ll find your diet will be easier.
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