By Dr. David Bensch
Everyone wants a slim and fit body. Many people try to follow cumbersome crash diets in order to lose weight quickly. Unnecessary fasting and crash dieting are not fool proof ways to lose weight, since these programs can often lead to many nutritional deficiencies. Also, many times with crash diets, as soon as you stop following them, all the weight comes back! Instead of changing your entire eating style, it is better to introduce a few simple diet swaps in our everyday diet. It is relatively easy to make small changes to cut down calories on a daily basis.
Here are a few simple diet swaps that can help you to lose weight:
Consume whole fresh fruits in place of a canned fruit – We all love the convenience and sweet taste of canned fruit. However, many canned fruits have added sodium for preservation and added sugar to improve flavor. Not only are whole fruits full of nutrients, they do not have many calories and have zero fat in most cases. Canned fruit can be delicious from time to time, or in certain recipes, but if you eat canned fruit regularly, you should consider switching to fresh fruit. This will help prevent weight gain while eating fruit.
Eat a plain toast not a doughnut – Does your mouth water at the thought of a creamy chocolaty doughnut? So does mine! But, did you know that it contains as many calories as five slices of bread? Shocking, right? Reject that doughnut right away and eat a slice of toasted bread with a little butter. Although it won’t taste as amazing as a doughnut, it is the best choice to make.
Remove the cream from your soups – Refrain from drinking creamy soups and switch to clear soups. Clear soups such as clear chicken soup and vegetable soup are highly nutritious and delicious and they soothe the throat in the winter. Creamy soups can be heavy and provide unwanted calories. Get the goodness of vegetables with a clear broth and shed the extra pounds.
Choose cottage cheese over processed cheese – Each one of us likes a sandwich with a slice of cheese on it. Keep your cravings at bay and replace the cheese slice with some cottage cheese. Cottage cheese has only one third the calories as contained in a slice of processed cheese and is much healthier for you.
Use whole wheat flour in place of refined flour – Refined flour or processed flour only adds flavor to a dish. When the flour is processed, it is made to go through several chemical treatments that can be harmful for the body. It is neither nutritious nor good for your digestive system. Most dishes made of refined flour contain various artificial additives which can harm the digestive system in the long run and are very fattening. Switch to whole wheat flour. It is flour in its most natural form and is highly nutritious.
You might face difficulties in the beginning of introducing these few tricks, but gradually your body will adapt to the changes. Just remember our little advice while eating and see how the extra pounds around your waist disappear! Add these simple tricks to your regular weight loss regimen and achieve your results quicker.