Eat More AND Lose Weight!
If your resolution is to lose weight this year, don’t jump on the latest diet bandwagon. Instead, focus on eating MORE! By turning your attention to all of the foods you CAN have, you’ll see that there are lots of delicious foods to choose from that won’t leave you feeling deprived!
MORE Fruits & Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are great for weight loss because they are rich in fiber and contain a high percentage of water, which creates a sense of larger volume in your stomach and helps you feel full. Non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, peppers and mushrooms are also extremely low in calories. By being conscious of how you prepare fruits and vegetables at meals and snacks, you can fill up quickly on very few calories!
MORE Whole Grains
Eat more whole grains in place of processed or fried carbohydrate-rich foods to save calories and stay full throughout the day. Whole grain foods also tend to have a lower glycemic index than their refined counterparts, which means better control of blood sugar levels between meals, and less temptation to reach for sugary snacks.
Smart snacks help you maintain normal blood sugar levels, which keeps your energy high and hunger cravings at bay. Snacks are also great opportunities to eat more fruits and vegetables. To make smart snack decisions, look for foods at BI-LO that are tagged “Sensible Carbs” on the price tag, and pair with a protein-rich food. Here are some examples:
- One handful of whole grain crackers and a reduced fat mozzarella string cheese
- One small apple with two tablespoons of peanut butter
- One container (6 oz) plain Greek yogurt with 1 cup of fresh or frozen berries
MORE Low-Calorie Beverages
For weight loss, it is crucial to eliminate hidden calories, and fluids are one of the worst culprits! By focusing on more water, more unsweetened teas, and less soda and other sugary drinks, you’ll easily eliminate hundreds of calories daily. And by eliminating these hidden sugars, you’ll also gain better control of your blood sugar levels. Being properly hydrated also ensures your metabolism is working at top speed, so drink up to slim down.
Monica Amburn, RD, LD
BI-LO’s Registered Dietitian
Do you have a health or nutrition question? Email Monica at email@example.com for an answer!