If you’ve noticed your pants are starting to feel a little tighter than they used to and you’re getting out of breath faster than ever before, instead of embarking some fad diet, or overdoing it on the exercise (some exercise is good), stock your kitchen with these wonderful weight loss weapons instead:
When you’re trying to lose weight, having a good set of accurate kitchen scales is a must. Often, we start putting on weight because we are simple eating servings that are too large. If we can rectify this by measuring everything we eat for a few weeks, not only will we lose weight, but we’ll also learn what a healthy portion looks like and that will help us to make more positive choices in the future.
A lot of us see our waistlines grow because we just love snacking. Chips and candy are our nemeses, and we just can’t seem to stop. Sound familiar? Instead of eating the usual bag of Cheetos and plate of cookies, just pop some corn instead!
What many people don’t realize is that popcorn is actually a whole grain, and when it’s eaten plain, it only has around 55 calories per cup. If you add a little salt or sweetener to it, it’ll curb your cravings without bothering your waistline and stop you from bingeing on all of those bad foods that are so delicious.
Legumes and Beans
Lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans they’re all low in calories and high in fiber and protein. They’re also very versatile, but when you’re trying to lose weight, using them to make nutritious soups is a safe bet because the mix of water and fiber in soup is known to create a feeling of fullness. If you a small portion of soup before your main meal, you will take in fewer calories than you otherwise would have and this will naturally help you to lose weight with no other effort involved.
You might not think so because Greek yogurt is so thick and luxurious, but it’s actually a very healthy food and one that could help you lose those extra pounds. You see, not only does Greek yogurt have a lot of protein, which is very filling, but it’s also relatively low in calories and can be used in place of mayo and other fattening dips.
There’s nothing like a plate of wild ocean catch to fill you up and give you that well-nourished feeling, and if you choose shrimp, you’ll be on to a weight loss winner because a whole ounce of shrimp has only 30 calories, almost no fat and 6 grams of protein. So, fill up on the seafood instead of the meat, and you could easily lose that weight. You’ll certainly get a mood-boosting hit of B vitamins!
Apples are perhaps more popular when it comes to fruit for weight loss, but pears are undoubtedly one of the best fruits to have in the kitchen when you’re trying to lose weight. You see, a single medium pear only has one hundred calories, and when eaten with a small amount of cottage cheese in the afternoon, it will keep you full until dinner time.
I know what you’re thinking – peanut butter is so delicious and so fattening that it can’t possibly be a good weapon against weight loss. Wrong. You see, although it is true that peanut butter is a high fat, high calorie, food, all of the fat in the butter is healthy, and if you eat a single tablespoon (100 calories) with an apple or some carrot sticks, it will help you to stay satiated for a long time.
Dieters were once told to steer clear of eggs due to their high cholesterol levels, but it has long since been proven that the cholesterol in eggs has no negative effect on the body. This is good news for weight watchers because eggs are high in protein and healthy fats while being low in calories. Women who eat eggs for breakfast are, according to studies, on average less likely to overeat in the next 36 hours than women who don’t!
Leafy greens like spinach and kale are always being touted as weight loss miracle cures, and although they won’t do much for your waistline in isolation, if you bulk up your meals with leafy greens and cut down on the amount of carbs, you’ll eat significantly fewer calories, take in many more minerals and feel fuller for longer.
Another of the ocean’s precious gifts to dieters, salmon is high in the good fats that feed our brain and help us to feel fuller for longer, and low in calories. It also contains plenty of iodine, which is vital for the proper functioning of the thyroid hormone which plays a part in weight regulation.
Quinoa is a delicious whole grain which contains masses of fiber and protein, which means that it will fill you up without causing any weight gain. In fact, a single cup of quinoa has only 222 calories and 8 grams of protein; It also has 5 grams of healthy fat to give you that satisfied feeling that stops you snacking between meals.
Some diet experts will tell you to stay away from potatoes altogether, but the truth is, we do need carbs and white potatoes are not actually very high in calories. When eaten boiled or baked with a side salad and some lean protein, they make for a cheap, healthy nutrient rich meal which will fill you up and keep the urge to snack at bay. More importantly, they’re high in magnesium, which can help to control blood sugar – something which is very important when you’re trying to lose weight the healthy way.
Switch the sugar soda for green tea with its antioxidants and fat –fighting catechins, and you will notice your pants getting smaller in no time at all.
What are your kitchen essentials when you’re trying to lose weight?