How To Choose Foods That Support Weight Loss
Wondering if the food you are about to put into your body is really going to help you reach your weight loss goal?
There are a number of fat burning foods that you should be considering as you go about your nutrition plan.
With the right approach, there’s no reason why any weight loss plan should be bland and boring.
When you come to learn the guidelines that help establish what a healthy food looks like, it becomes that much easier to plan your menu.
Let’s look at the four guidelines to determine if a food is healthy or not.
Does It Have More Than One Ingredient?
The first and possibly most important rule to consider when choosing a fat burning food is whether it has more than one ingredient.
When a food has more than one ingredient, you know that it’s been altered in some way.
This means valuable nutrients have been removed from the food.
These are the unhealthy foods that you want to avoid.
Choose single ingredient foods as often as possible to control blood sugar, keep hunger down, and promote faster fat loss.
Is It Nutritionally Dense?
Next you’ll want to consider the nutritional density.
While you may not know this off the bat when looking at a food, one quick search online at the nutritional stats including vitamins and minerals will tell you everything you need to know.
Nutrient-dense foods are those that contain a lot of nutrients yet are low in calories.
If a food has nothing more than some calories and carbs, you know it’s not a wise choice for your diet.
You want to be eating foods that are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
These are what will promote good overall health and help prevent disease.
Nutrient dense foods include vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and meats.
While weight loss is good, optimising your health should always be the top priority of any diet plan.
Choosing nutritionally dense foods will help you do that.
Do You Get A Sizeable Portion?
You’ll also want to consider the portion size you’ll get from the food.
Now, there are some very healthy foods that are very calorie dense, meaning the portion you’ll get per 100 calories is very small.
For instance, take almonds. Almonds are a good food to eat – they’re a single ingredient and they’re rich in protein, healthy fats, vitamin E, potassium, and fibre.
But, a small handful of almonds amounts to 200 calories or so. For fat loss purposes, they’re not ideal.
Compare that to egg whites. Egg whites are also a single ingredient and will provide protein, selenium, and riboflavin.
Plus, you can eat an entire cup of egg whites for a mere 120 calories.
Now which food is going to give you the feeling of eating more despite keeping your calories down?
For weight loss purposes, these high volume, lower calorie foods are ideal.
This isn’t to say you can never eat calorie dense foods on a fat loss program, but they should only be a small component of the plan.
The more you can focus on the high volume foods, the better.
Will It Satisfy You?
Finally, you’ll also want to ask yourself whether the food will satisfy you.
Don’t eat a food you hate just because it apparently is good for ‘fat burning’.
If you do, you’ll likely feel completely unsatisfied and just eventually go on to eat the food that you were really craving in the first place.
Try and find healthy foods that will actually appeal to you.
Those will be great for fat loss because you’ll actually stop eating after having a serving of them, rather than rummaging through the pantry trying to see what else you can eat because psychologically you still aren’t satisfied.
So keep these rules in mind next time you’re deciding whether a food belongs in your diet.
If you abide by these guidelines, you’ll know you’re on track to eating right.