When going on a diet, or trying to change your eating lifestyle to a healthier one, many people think they have to eliminate certain foods from their diets, especially pastas/carbs, nuts, and cheeses. Well I'm here to tell you that all that can be yours in moderation. In fact many of these foods have been shown to help weight loss.
Pasta & Carbs
Ok, so pasta it'self hasn't done too well in the diet industry, but moderation is key. The new food pyramid recommends 6-7 ounces daily. However, carbs themselves can be a good thing. The key is to pick carbs high in fiber such as whole wheat bread, or bagels. The fiber helps keep you full, so you can fight cravings. There are other health benefits of fiber as well, such as keeping you regular, and prevention of diabetes and heat disease. When it comes to carbohydrates, the key to getting your fiber is to look for the words "100% whole grain" at the top of the ingredient list. Great High fiber carbs:
- -Brown rice
- -100% whole wheat toast with peanut butter
- Whole grain breakfast cereal such as Fiber One or Total
*Another great way to get your daily fiber is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables such as apples, raisins, pears, carrots and peas.
Many of us know that nuts are high in fat, and can get out of control easily. Look at pecan pie. This can be one of the most fattening, and worst foods for you to eat. But once again, in moderation, nuts can actually help you to lose weight. The best way to eat nuts is raw, and in small handfuls. Some of the best nuts for weight loss are almonds, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, and brazil nuts. Virtually all nuts are beneficial for weight loss and health, but the ones listed above are some of the best. Some great ways to snack on nuts:
-Sprinkle your favorites in your cereal, yogurt, or try to incorporate them into your dinner.
-Plain nuts are also a great snack when you have those cravings.
-Crunch peanut butter toast on whole wheat bread is a double whammy!
Here is a website that lists typical servings for each type of nut, so you can pick your favorites!http://www.nutcrackermuseum.com/history_nuts_good.htm
Cheese is another food that in moderation, can help you to lose that weight. Its is a great way to sneak in the calcium in your day. The fad used to be sticking with the skim, white, and low fat cheese, however, current research has shown that any type of cheese in a small amount ( 1 oz. daily) can contribute to weight loss. Researchers believe this is because whole fat cheese contains conjugated linoleic acids, which may energizes the metabolism.
Know of any more non traditional foods that help weight loss? Let me know, and I'll do the research and post them up! Have a fantastic day, ~Healthy Girl