If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the last few years it’s that being thin doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of foods you love. In fact, if you replace unhealthy foods with healthy ones, you may end up losing weight anyway! This isn’t something you hear often. People strive for thinness, but they don’t want to sacrifice their favorite foods. Does this sound like you? If so, keep reading.
Eat Real Food
You may be asking yourself, “What is ‘real food’ anyway?” We’re talking about the kind of food that provides your body with nutrients and calories. The following are some examples of real foods that you should be eating:
- Whole grains
- Dark leafy greens
There are many other types of food out there that you probably know aren’t considered “healthy”. If you consume a large amount of these types of foods, it will certainly contribute to your weight gain. Instead of focusing on what you don’t want to eat, focus on what you do want to eat. Real food offers you a way to achieve a healthy weight without having to eliminate any of your favorite foods.
Skip The Extra Filling
Did you know that even though many foods are “bad” for you, they can still provide you with some nutrients that you need? One way that food companies try to get you to eat more is through the use of extra fillings. For example, potato chips and nacho chips usually contain some type of breadcrumb coating. This coating is there to help mask the flavor of the bland potato or nacho, respectively. Sometimes this hidden flavor can be pretty difficult to avoid.
If you love French fries, try making them without the coating. You’ll be surprised at how much better they are and how easy it is to avoid the chunks of potato that typically come along with them. It’s not always easy to determine exactly what is in the food you eat, and this can make it really difficult to maintain a healthy diet. If you find that a lot of the foods you consume contain fillers, you might want to consider removing them from your diet. There are many vegetables out there that you can eat that will provide your body with nutrients that you need without the use of any fillers.
Equal Opportunity For All
One of the major ways eating whatever you want can help you lose weight is because it provides you with more variety in the food you consume. If you’re used to eating the same foods every day, it may be difficult to adapt to new foods without increasing your chances of becoming overweight. Variety is the key to preventing this. If you decide to go on a diet, it can be really challenging to do so in a way that allows you to still have variety in your food choices. However, if you want to maintain a healthy weight, variety is the key. You should try to eat foods that are seasonal as much as possible since these foods usually have a lower fat and sodium content. If you eat foods that are in season, it will provide your body with nutrients that it needs and it may even taste better because it’s been grown domestically.
Eating whatever you want and losing weight is certainly possible. It just takes a bit of ingenuity on your part since it goes against the grain of most diets. While it may be difficult at first, eventually you’ll wonder why you ever restricted yourself to healthy foods in the first place. Variety is the key to avoiding diets and maintaining a healthy weight. Eat what you want. Feel free to indulge every now and then, but avoid becoming overindulgent.