People spend much of their time trying to either lose weight or keep the weight off. The best solution is diet and exercise. But come on; no one likes being on a diet. Anyone who has ever been on one knows that they are not easy. Just the thought of all that tasteless food served in small portions is enough to make you want to run to the nearest steakhouse.
That is what people usually think about diet food. Yet who says that diet food has to be bland and taste like styrofoam? You don’t have to be restricted to just a stick of celery or a protein shake that wears off after an hour. There are other diet foods that you can eat that are both filling and healthy. So what are some good diet foods? You need to think about what your body needs and go from there. Basically, your body needs protein, carbs (the good kind), and some fats. Your body also needs fruits and vegetables for proper vitamins and nutrients.
Protein Diet Foods
Despite what some vegetarians claim, the best source of protein is meat. Now this doesn’t mean that you can go out and start stuffing down hamburgers. Too much red meat is not good for you. Sure, you can always choose lean beef which will cut down on some of the fats but we want the best meats for a proper diet, right? For a source of protein without all the fat, fish is the best kind of meat. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids which is important for a healthy heart, it is full of vitamins, and is a good source for people with diabetes. There is a whole selection of fish to choose from such as tuna, salmon, snapper, trout, flounder, tilapia, and cod. As for other meats, you can eat chicken or turkey without the skin, eggs (egg whites are better), shellfish such as clams, crab, and shrimp, and even lean pork, veal, or lamb (in moderation).
Besides meats, other types of diet food that are a source of protein are milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, beans, nuts, natural peanut butter, sunflower seeds, tofu, and protein bars.
Carbs & Diet
You definitely want to stay away from trans fats. There is nothing good about it. But believe it or not, there are some fats that are good for you. You have already mentioned that fish contains fatty amino acids but there are some other foods you can add to your diet that also includes the same things. For healthy fats, you can use fish oil supplements, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, extra-virgin olive oil, flax seed oil, and sunflower seeds.
Other Diet Foods
There are some items, of course, that don’t quite fit into any of the above categories but would still be appropriate in any number of diet plans. Fruits, for instance, are a staple to any good diet. They are full of vitamins and minerals, provide a healthy dose of fiber, and are low in calories. They can also be a substitute for sweets. You can eat fruit that is fresh, frozen, or dried and they are really good added to yogurt and cereal.
Beverages can sometimes be difficult to figure out. Water is a no-brainer, being the healthiest liquid on the planet, but if you want to add a little taste to it, you can try some no sugar flavor packs such as Crystal Light and Propel. Other good beverage choices are orange juice, V8 juice, green teas, and even a moderate amount of coffee (not the big Starbucks lattes and mochas with a lot of cream). At one time it was believed that a person needed at least a gallon of water a day to remain healthy. However, recent studies have debunked that theory. Sure, it is still good for you but as long as your body stays hydrated with some form of healthy liquid, a gallon is not necessary.
If you are going to have salads and want to add a little extra taste to them, make sure the salad dressing is either light or fat-free. Every style of salad dressing has a light version and they are easy to find in any grocery store. Just don’t drown the salad when you use it.
And finally we come to desserts, the bane of every diet. There are a few fortunate souls out there who do not crave sweets and we curse them everyday. For a healthy diet, you have to either choose low-calorie, fat-free desserts or eat the sinfully sweet stuff in careful moderation. There are a lot of low-calorie dessert recipes you can try or you can look for special low-cal items in the grocery store. Some possible low-calorie dessert choices that you can snack on are Popsicles, graham crackers, wafers, ginger snaps, hard candy, jell-o, and low-calorie diet candy bars. They even make a low-cal ice cream that tastes just like the fully-loaded stuff. Dieting still may not be easy but at least you have some options.
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