Although the best approach to weight loss is taking in fewer calories than are burned, people who want to lose weight should understand their need to also eat foods that are high in nutrition. Many people are unaware that the foods most beneficial to their health are high in nutrition value, while the fat and sugar content is low.
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Vegetables are a valuable source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, and most of them are satisfying as well as tasty and low in calories. Eating raw vegetables provides the highest level of nutrition and fiber, but some are more flavorful when cooked with added seasonings. Another option is to steam the veggies or cook them only to the crisp tender stage. Many fruits are as nutritious as vegetables, but some contain more sugar and are higher in calories. One great use of fruits is as a replacement of the decadent desserts that tempt so many people.
Many times, dieters shy away from eating meat because they believe it is high in fat, and some certain types of meat certainly are. Chicken breast, fish and lean pork are all high protein menu choices that are quite low in fat. It is not necessary to eliminate beef from the diet entirely, but it should be included on the menu once a week or less.
Dairy products have the reputation of being too high in fat and calories, but low fat or fat free dairy products are now available. It is important to read the package labels to determine the serving size and calories provided. A healthy and filling breakfast is important to weight loss, and including whole grain breads or cereals can help to satisfy the appetite until lunch time arrives.
Most meals are incomplete without side dishes that add variety to the menu, and most people enjoy the occasional snack. There are many and varied choices of low calorie crackers and chips available, but unhealthy dips or spreads should be avoided. Hummus and salsa are a better choice since they are relatively low in calories and add great flavor.
Drinking enough water is an important part of a nutritious diet, but most people do not drink the recommended amount of 64 ounces every day. Water not only helps digest food properly, but helps to create a feeling of being full and satisfied after eating a meal.
While a successful diet depends on eating a nutritious diet and restricting calories, weight loss will happen sooner when a regular exercise regimen is included. While it may be difficult to burn enough calories through exercise alone to make much of difference, increased muscle mass increases the metabolism and results in a higher level of energy.