Almost all foods contain calories, but some foods have so few that they aren’t worth really counting. These are frequently called “free foods.” If you’re on a diet and want a snack, here are a list of those “free foods” that you can eat in moderation without tracking.
First, a small caveat. There is nothing magical about the foods below. They contain calories, and consuming too much of them will make their low-calorie nature non-trivial. If you eat them in moderation though, they’ll subside your hunger. Continue reading ““Free” Foods You Can Eat to Stay Full”
Simple carbs are the white stuff – white bread, most pastries, refined sugars (like in soda). What makes it so simple? These foods provide energy, but lack the same nutrients (vitamins, minerals, and fiber) as complex carbohydrates. The body also breaks simple carbs down quickly, spikes blood sugar (insulin), and leaves your tummy might rumbling sooner than you imagined. Choose whole grains instead, which may reduce potentially dangerous excess abdominal fat buildup (which can lead to diabetes). Switch to whole-wheat pasta or whole grain bread, or try grains like brown rice, quinoa, or millet.
Bumping up vegetable consumption has long been recognized as a way to protect against obesity. Add veggies to an omelet to cut down on cheese, use them in baked goods, and pasta dishes (Bonus: Try zucchini ribbons, or spaghetti squash instead). Pump pureed veggies, like pumpkin, into oatmeal or casseroles. Adding a little vegetable action into a meal or snack will increase fiber levels, which helps make us fuller, faster.
12. Wait Before Grabbing Seconds
The quicker we shovel down a meal, the less time we give our bodies to register fullness. Since it takes about 20 minutes for the brain to get the message that dinner’s been served, it’s best to go for a walk or play cards before dishing up seconds or tackling the dessert table. Continue reading “Science backed ways to lose weight. Part II”