Cutting calories is one of the keys to weight loss success. Eat less, exercise more and your body becomes a fat burning machine. But what if you could eat the same amount of food as you do now, but still lose weight? You can, if you replace those high fat, high-calorie foods with these seven delicious, filling and nutritious foods:
1. Berries – Berries should be part of every healthy diet, they are perfect weight-loss food. Berries are a rich source of antioxidants, loaded with vitamin C and the perfect low-calorie sweet treat. Blueberries contain only 80 calories per cup, blackberries 75, raspberries about 60 and strawberries only 45. As a bonus, berries are packed with fiber which will help you feel full faster and longer, helping you eat fewer calories.
2. Tomatoes – The average tomato contains only 25 calories. Raw or cooked, tomatoes are rich in fiber, high in potassium and low in fat and sodium. Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene, a phytochemical that fights free radicals. Cooking tomatoes (without fats or oils) helps concentrate healthy lycopene levels without concentrating calories, so tomato sauce or soups should be part of your low-calorie diet.
3. Star Fruit – A little harder to find, but well worth the search, star fruit, also known as carambola is as sweet as candy but contains fewer calories than a Jolly Rancher. This Asian fruit is packed with vitamin C and over three grams of dietary fiber. A great “dessert” fruit rich in nutrients, polyphenols, and antioxidants that fight inflammation.
4. Mushrooms – A small mushrooms may have as few as two calories, a medium mushroom, only ten calories. Mushrooms are low in calories, relatively high in protein (by weight) and provide fiber and a variety of nutrients. Mushrooms provide selenium, copper, niacin, potassium and phosphorous. You must cook mushrooms for them to provide their nutritional benefits, cooking them in red wine intensifies their health-boosting powers.
5. Bell Peppers – One cup of chopped bell pepper provides more vitamin C than an orange, with only a third of the calories. Green peppers should be your first choice as they are cheaper than red, yellow and orange peppers. The green pepper also contains slightly more dietary fiber, protein, and vitamin A. Add a cup of peppers to your daily omelet.
6. Cottage Cheese – A single serving of cottage cheese provides over 15 grams of protein but only 4 grams or 16 calories from carbohydrates. High protein, low calorie and only one-fifth of the fat you’ll find in most cheeses. Be aware that cottage cheese contains about 20% of your daily sodium requirement, choose a low-sodium variety when available.
7. Green Tea – Unsweetened green tea should be your beverage of choice. Green tea has been shown to regulate insulin and lower cholesterol and triglycerides. Green tea naturally boosts (speeds up) your metabolism, so that you burn fat faster. Drinking two to four cups of green tea each day may burn an extra 50 calories. That’s about five pounds over the course of a year!
Ready to start burning calories quickly and efficiently? Replace those high fat, high-calorie junk foods with these delicious low-calorie choices and get moving for the perfect combination of diet and exercise. Learn more at strikefitonline.com.