When you live a busy life and you’re trying to lose weight, it can be tricky trying to stick to a healthy diet plan. It’s very tempting to choose foods that are pre-prepared. Having food from a can or a box when you’re pressed for time can be a relief but they are often very low in nutritional value.
If a product is full of preservatives, is pre-cooked, has added sugar and colours it isn’t going to give you the nutrition it contained before all that processing. Let’s take a look at 5 tips for a healthy diet plan to help you lose weight naturally.
The Natural Way To Lose Weight.
While convenience foods are easy and quick to prepare, they are not the best things to have on your healthy diet menu. When you eat foods that are as natural as possible, your body gets the maximum amount of the nutrients in it. This will help you to lose weight naturally and enjoy better health.
1. What Does The Food Contain?
If the list of ingredients has words you can’t pronounce, pass it by. Processed foods are generally full of preservatives, sugars, sodium, trans and saturated fats and have very little nutritional value. Be careful too with the ‘fat free’ versions of processed foods. Manufacturers remove the fat but often add extra sugar to improve the taste which generally results in extra calories.
2. Fresh Is Best.
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, not those out of cans. If you can’t get fresh produce, go for frozen over canned. Frozen is the next best thing to fresh.
3. Grow Your Own And Freeze Them.
Most vegetables you plan to freeze should be blanched for two to five minutes, or until they are just done. Blanching is the process of heating vegetables with boiling water or steam for a set amount of time, then immediately plunging them into cold or iced water. It stops enzyme activity that causes vegetables to lose nutrients and change texture.
4. Choose Organic Or Grass Fed Meats.
Studies show that grass-fed beef has less fat and more nutrients than grain-fed beef. Going organic also reduces exposure to toxins from pesticides that might accumulate in animal fat. Also look for milk that is made from cows not treated with growth hormones. If anything sounds like it was made in a lab instead of grown on a farm or ranch, leave it in the store.
5. Remember You Need Healthy Fats.
There are “good fats” which are good for your heart, your cholesterol, and your overall health. These are monounsaturated fats (eg, olive oil, sunflower oil, avocados, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts and cashew nuts) and polyunsaturated fats (eg, soybean oil, sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds, salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines).