Weight loss can be challenging. It can feel even more challenging when you are focusing on calorie restriction alone to lose weight. Feeling tired and weak are some common complaints I hear from my clients who are following extreme calorie restricted diets. Let’s face it; no one likes feeling like that. Following a weight loss diet doesn’t have to be torturous. Feeling constantly hungry and weak indicates that you are not nourishing your body appropriately. Using realistic healthy methods to achieve weight loss should leave you feeling healthy, nourished and a little lighter. Here are some tips you can use to achieve your weight loss goals and feel satisfied at the same time:
- Eat foods with high water content. Water contains no calories and aids in filling the space in your stomach. When this happens, it helps create a feeling of fullness. Fruits and vegetables naturally have higher water content. Try to eat about 6 servings of vegetables a day and 2 servings of fruit a day. Drinking a glass of water before or with your meals can help you eat less and feel full as well. Make sure you are well hydrated with pure liquids throughout the day.
- Eat foods that are high in fiber. Fiber adds volume to food without adding calories, this extra volume or “bulk” helps fill the space in your stomach. Foods high in fiber include: beans, lentils, bran, whole grains, vegetables, and fruit. Remember to increase your water intake when you increase your fiber intake. This will help with proper digestion.
- Balancing out your plate with protein can help you feel full and satisfied for a longer period. Foods high in protein include: meat, fish, poultry, beans, lentils, nuts, tofu, eggs, and low-fat / fat free dairy.
To sum it up, make vegetables the main part of your meal and snack on fruit. When you look at your plate, vegetables should cover a half of your plate, whole grains or starchy vegetables (like potato and corn) should cover a quarter of your plate, and the remaining quarter should be coming from a lean protein or vegetable-based protein source.
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