Sometimes making drastic changes overnight to your diet can seem somewhat daunting, which is why maybe you should make simple diet changes for weight loss results. Not only does this include making changes to exactly what you eat but also how you prepare your food. A healthy weight loss eating plan is easier to follow than you may first think, but for those who are resistant to changes, do these in small increments and over time your whole diet will be much more healthy and lower in calories.
And sometimes you and your family may not even be able to tell the difference between the higher fat meals as compared to the more healthy meals. Plus, even if you can, over time your palate will adjust. Trust Me. And you will wonder why you ever ate the other high fat, low nutrition stuff in the first place.
So here is my list of Simple Diet Changes for Greater Weight Loss Results:
Choose leaner cuts of meat.
Most everyone knows that chicken, turkey, and pork are leaner meats than the red meat variety. But do you know which red meats are okay to eat in moderation without blowing your diet? According to the government guidelines, a serving qualifies as “extra lean” if it has less than 5g total fat, 2g or less saturated fat and less than 95mg cholesterol per 3.5 oz. serving. A serving qualifies as “lean” if it has less than 10g total fat, 4.5g or less saturated fat and less than 95mg cholesterol per 3.5 oz. serving. Use this guide to help you choose lean cuts of beef.
Craving something fried?
You don’t have to submerge your food into a vat of fat to get the crunchy fried effect. Just use some nonstick cooking spray instead. By now I am sure you know that the skin on chicken and turkey is high in saturated fat. So just remove it before eating. You can still cook the meat with the skin to help keep in the moisture and flavor, but once it is done, take off that skin and throw it away. No matter how hard that may be Use 95/5 ground turkey in place of ground beef in your recipes. I changed out our old hamburger for leaner ground turkey in my family’s spaghetti, chili, tacos, and meatloaf and they did not bat an eye.
You may read: The 5 Best Fruits For Weight Loss.
Got a craving for muffins?
Well omit half a cup of the fat and substitute one cup of applesauce or three very ripe mashed bananas instead.
Everyone knows that salads are a healthy meal choice.
However, when you drown it in dressing, this healthy meal turns unhealthy real quick. Instead of pouring dressing all over your salad, dip your fork in the dressing before spearing your salad. Another alternative is to use red wine vinegar and grated Parmesan cheese in place of the dressing all together.
Want a healthy, high fiber snack?
How about some air-popped popcorn? You can also pop your own corn in the microwave in a paper lunch bag. Then just spray with spray butter and add some pepper or garlic for a tasty and satisfying snack.
Instead of using a whole egg in recipes, use two egg whites instead.
An egg yolk has about 5 grams of fat and 200 mg of cholesterol (although cholesterol from eggs is not the same as cholesterol from other foods).
Eat fish at least twice a week.
Unlike beef, you want to choose a fatty fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids boost heart health by lowering triglycerides and blood pressure, thus reducing your risk of a heart attack. Plus it has been shown that these fatty acids also help the eyes by providing the oily substance needed to keep our eyes moist. But even if you don’t like fish, you can get omega-3 fatty acids from flax seeds, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and soy nuts.
Love the taste of butter but not the calories?
If you like to put butter on your veggies, use spray butter instead. You can also use it for making grilled cheese sandwiches and flavoring popcorn.
So there are simple diet changes for greater weight loss results. Remember, making small changes over time can really add up.