Nontraditional Foods That Help With Weight Loss

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 & CarbsBread
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.

NutsNuts
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

CheeseCheese
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

Lose10 Pounds in 3 Days

Pecan Many people think losing weight is a temporary diet and exercise regime. They say “I’ll go on my diet tomorrow” or “I’m starting South Beach diet soon” but the fact is, for the general population, we can’t go on diets. There is no magic weight loss regime where you lose 10 pounds in 3 days. Even if a diet “works” you will likely gain it back unless you make it a LIFESTYLE change. Do you want to be on South Beach forever?, Considering the cost and effort, most people don’t.

 What you need to do my dear reader, is change your LIFESTYLE. Don’t start big and dramatic, or you will most likely go right back where you started. I want you to start small. Here is a list of foods that make cellulite come and want to stay. Pick five to eliminate from your life for good! (yes you can have it on blue moons.) Don’t cheat and pick things you never eat anyways. Pick five items, and stick to it. You can easily replace these items or modify them to lesser evils.

1. Mayonnaise                     Try light mayonaise  or Mayonnaise with Olive Oil
2. Milkshakes                      Smoothies and vanila ice cream cones are a great alternative
3. Muffins                            Try making your own muffins like the recipe linked here
4. French Fries                     Nowdays most places let you chose a side salad or fruit instead
5. Bacon                                Turkey Bacon is not so bad once you get used to it!
6. Regular AND Diet Soda     Chrystal Light, Snapple, and G2 are pretty tasty too.
7. Doughnuts                        Try lightly buttered toast with cinnamon and brown sugar
8. Cheesecake                       Low fat cheesecake with strawberry sauce is slightly better
9.  Fried Chicken                  Bake chicken in the oven with a bit of olive oil for a fried taste
10. Pizza with Processed Meats         Try a deLIGHT pizza from Papa Murphys
11. Pot Pies
12. Potato Chips                    Baked Chips or oven roasted chips still taste great
13.  Ribs                                Try a lean steak to satify that meat craving
15. Pecan Pie                        Try fruit pies with whole wheat crusts.

All the foods on this list are high in saturated fat, provide little nutritional value, and becon cellulite to come find you. Start by losing some of these fattening foods, and you’ll lose some pounds!

~Healthy Girl