Here is an interesting article that helps us simplify the process of making good food choices. May I add that if you wait until you are hungry to eat, it will be much harder to eat wisely. Eating a little every couple hours makes healthy choices easier.
Best Kind of Foods for Losing Weight
By Fritz Ilagan
A lot of us get overwhelmed by the amount of available products in the market when trying to decide what kinds of food will give us the greatest benefit while trying to lose weight. Many think that only consuming tasteless low fat products is the way to go when trying to stay fit.
But sacrificing quality will not always generate the results we want as some products that promise to be low fat or lite can still pack hidden sugars, calories or carbs. Also, when we take too few calories for a long period of time, the body can interpret it as starvation and goes into “survival mode” which will lead you to pack the pounds again… that is why drastic diets are never recommended.
Here are some of the best kinds of food that can help you remain fit and healthy without sacrificing a satisfying meal.
Best vegetable: Broccoli. Without a doubt, this vegetable is one of the healthiest things you can buy and eat. Broccoli is packed with vitamin C, potassium, calcium, fiber and even anti-cancer phytonutrients. Add it in salad or steam it for a side dish, broccoli needs to special treatment and each serving goes a long way.
Best fresh fish: Tuna. No one will say no to tuna as it has excellent taste and can be prepared in various ways and in different dishes which mean you will not get tried of it easily. Tuna is also full of nourishment which includes omega-3 fatty acids which is great for a healthy heart, high protein content for muscle growth and development and low-calorie count so assured to have no guilt.
Best pasta: Whole wheat noodles. Who says all carbs are evil? Whole wheat noodles give you the choice of enjoying pasta dishes with more benefits compared to ordinary noodles. Each serving of whole wheat noodles will give you minerals like magnesium, protein, fiber and vitamin B. Usually, prices of whole wheat noodles are not that different to conventional pasta.
Best meat: Turkey breast. You do not have to wait for Thanksgiving to enjoy turkey more so if you want to get lean or lose weight. It has the highest percentage of muscle-building protein compared to bovine (cow/beef) and porcine (hog/pork) equivalents. Protein in poultry meat like turkey is high quality and the fat in them are polyunsaturated making it a healthier choice.
Best cheese: Cottage cheese. Great to snacks for those who always like to nibble on something while watching TV or as a party food. Cottage cheese is high in protein but hardly has any fat which makes an ideal nosh for everyone.
Best take-out food: Sushi. You will never go wrong with sushi as it contains fish, vegetables and very few calories. Sushi provides the frequently missing nutrients in many people’s diets like fatty acids and iodine. A perfect sushi meal can include maki (seaweed/nori wrapped around filled rice) with vegetables, nigiri (rice with fish on top) and California rolls (rice on the outside). Sushi serving looks rather deceptive as they tend to look small but after eating, most people get surprised at how filling it is.