Real Food, Real Satisfaction – For Weight Loss Success
When it comes to the topic of obesity, many people conclude that you have to eat less to avoid being overweight. Period. But the key is not so much in eating less, but in eating smart. And healthy. How do you do this? By eating satisfying, filling foods and by exercising more.
We live in a society where people are often looking for the quick-fix “fad” diet. Unfortunately, a quick fix simply does not exist. For example, high-protein diets help people take weight off quickly because they consume fewer calories; but in the long term they can’t avoid carbohydrates and will gain the weight back.
There is hope, though. Promising research suggests consuming a low-energy-dense diet, one rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products, helps people lower their calorie intake while at the same time staying fulfilled. According to the research, satiety and hunger control are important for long-term satisfaction and dedication to an eating plan.
So instead of fad diets or fatty foods, sweetened beverages and decadent sweets—where calories add up quickly and don’t keep you full—here’s what you can do to reach your weight loss goal:
- Make your fruit and vegetable portions large and part of all meals and snacks.
- Enjoy delicious broth-based soups that are filling and add almost no calories.
- Balance your plate with whole grains, such as Kretschmer Wheat Germ, barley, quinoa, brown and wild rice, legumes, lean meat, fish and low-fat dairy.
- Limit foods that don’t contain much water, such as crackers, cookies and chips. These foods are highly caloric in relation to their weight. They’re also very easy to overeat.
- Nuts and olives have healthy fat, but don’t eat too many—the calories can add up quickly.
- Save your energy-dense foods for special occasions when they taste great and are worth the splurge!