Health Eating

Lose Weight, while Eating Food!

When it comes to losing weight, you might have thought that exercising was the only thing to do in order to get desired results. However, losing weight goes beyond exercising. It also depends upon the energy density of the food that you eat.

Energy density of the food is a relation between the volume of food and energy which it contains. For optimum weight loss, it is advised that the energy density of meals is kept low without, however, compromising upon the volume of food eaten. That ways, we would feel full without consuming too much calories.

The food we eat can be categorized into high-calorie, low-calorie, and zero-calorie. Foods such as desserts, candies, sweetened beverages, and those which contain starch are foods that have high calorie content. This means that a small amount of them can provide a lot of calories to the body. Those who want to lose weight should stay away from them.

In comparison to these high-calorie foods, there are those which have low calorie content. They have a high content of water and fiber. This makes them filling but not too high on calories. These include fruits, vegetables, some cereals and pulses. Their low calorie content means that you can have a relatively bigger portion of serving, without bothering about the calories.

When it comes to choosing what to eat, to maximize the results of your weight loss program, pick from the following-

Protein rich foods- Foods rich in protein are essential as they would help in the development of muscles in the body. An increased amount of muscles inside the body would mean that your body’s metabolism rate would be high, resulting in faster rate of burning of calories taken in. Meat, eggs, fish, and lentils are foods which are rich in protein.

Carbohydrates- Foods that are rich in carbohydrates should be a part of your meals. They would provide easily available energy to your body. However, those foods that have an excessively high content of carbohydrates (especially starch) should be consumed in moderation. The best source of carbohydrates can be whole grains. They contain carbohydrates and a lot of fiber, which is best for the body.

Vegetables- Vegetables play an important role in the making of a stomach-filling diet. The high fiber content in vegetables can add bulk to your meals and satisfy your hunger pangs without providing extra energy. Green leafy vegetables are the best for salad preparations. Also, it is best to have them washed and consumed raw.

Fruits- Fruits have sufficient amount of water, naturally-occurring sugar, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They can be consumed after meals, as a replacement for desserts. Fructose, the naturally occurring sugar, would satisfy your cravings for sweet things but would not deliver a huge packet of calories inside your body.

A Note- Do remember that the energy density of your meal should provide you with the minimum amount of free energy necessary for your body to work properly. Hence, adjust a balance between the above mentioned food types and continue losing weight, easily.
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