Low-calorie dieting has since cemented itself as the ‘default’ weight loss strategy, and grocery stores are full of healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. However, as anyone who has ever been on a low-calorie diet knows, these foods quickly become unappealing.
Thankfully, there are other low-calorie foods that many people do not consider while trying to lose weight.
Eggs are often associated with huge, fried breakfast portions or baking cakes. As a result, you may not automatically think of them as healthy foods. In truth, one egg contains just 72 calories and provides your body with a beneficial six grams of protein.
Doctors recommend that you limit egg consumption in order to keep cholesterol levels under control, but the occasional egg definitely won’t hurt you in terms of weight loss and calories.
Try scrambling them or mixing them with peppers and other vegetables to create a healthy omelette. In addition to being good for dieters and containing plenty of protein, eggs offer a range of other health benefits.
- They are a good source of vitamin A, which can influence everything from the condition of your skin to how well your immune system protects you from disease.
- Egg yolks contain omega-3 fats, which help to reduce your chances of developing cardiovascular disease and may lower your risk of suffering from type 2 diabetes at some point in adulthood.
- They provide you with choline, which can reduce inflammation levels in the body and help to prevent the buildup of a dangerous compound called homocysteine (which is linked to osteoporosis).
Hot dogs are associated with the old-fashioned American cook-out, but most people would not guess that they are low in calories. Dieters should be happy to learn that one organic beef hot dog contains just 100 calories.
However, not all hot dogs are created equal, and it is vital to keep this in mind if you want to maintain a healthy diet and lose weight. Firstly, nutritionists recommend that you pick organic hot dogs, since the meat used to make these comes from animals that haven’t been fed antibiotics or excess hormones.
Secondly, you should make a habit of checking the fat content and the added ingredients before deciding to buy a type of hot dog. If you are concerned about heart health, you should also be mindful of the sodium content of hot dogs, since high salt levels can contribute to high blood pressure.
Even though you need to be careful when shopping for hot dogs, you definitely don’t need to give them all up when you are on a diet. Make sure you choose a whole meal bun and add a low-calorie sauce, and you will have created a delicious meal that doesn’t undermine your attempts to lose weight.
Although it may sound strange, chips and salsa can actually be combined to create a healthy snack, even if you stick with the tastier fried tortilla chips instead of opting for the cardboard-tasting baked ones.
Specifically, ten natural blue-corn tortilla chips will set your diet back only 90 calories, while homemade salsa fresca is almost calorie-free.
For example, you can make it in just 25 minutes by mixing 4 ripe tomatoes, a quarter of an onion, 1 jalapeno pepper, 3 gloves of garlic, a splash of lime juice and a pinch of salt.
Depending on your taste, you can also add fresh herbs (such as cilantro) to make the salsa even more delicious.
Alternatively, many types of salsa that can you find in stores will also be healthy enough to combine with your diet. As long as the fat, sugar and calorie content looks reasonable, go for it!
If you don’t care for salsa, try a serving (i.e. 1/3 of a cup) of guacamole, which is only 90 calories and can also be made at home. All you need is a ripe tomato, a few ripe avocados, the juice of a lime, an onion and a finely chopped chili.
Of course, ordering a huge tub of buttered, sweetened popcorn is not really compatible with a low-calorie diet that aims to help you lose weight.
However, popcorn itself can be a very healthy snack; indeed, a cup of air-popped popcorn is just 30 calories. It is only when you add extra fat or sugar that popcorn becomes dangerous to your waistline, so it can definitely remain a staple food in your kitchen cupboard as long as you know how to prepare properly.
Popcorn is a whole grain food, it is low in calories, and it provides your body with plenty of fiber.
Whole grain foods are excellent for your body, boosting your cardiovascular health and helping to keep cholesterol levels under control. There is also some evidence that people who eat the most whole grain and whole meal foods are less likely to develop cancers of the colon or the breast.
Meanwhile, the high levels of fiber in popcorn help to keep you feeling fuller for longer, reducing food cravings and making it easier to stop yourself from reaching for unhealthy snacks. If you find the taste of unbuttered popcorn bland, a sprinkling of flavored salt should excite your taste buds.
With the right ingredients at your disposal, you can create a wonderful root beer float that is compatible with your diet. While this prospect may sound too good to be true, all you need is a diet root beer that you can pour over a quarter of a cup of light ice cream (that has a reduced fat and sugar content).
Dieting is serious business, and combining a consistent exercise regime with a low-calorie menu plan is the best way to lose weight safely and consistently over the long term.
However, you can make sure you actually stick to your low-calorie diet by augmenting the carrot sticks and celery spears with tastier treats like the six we have mentioned here.
With a little creativity and some forward planning, it is possible to enjoy delicious food without busting your diet. In addition to increasing your chances of success, this approach to eating is much more satisfying and enjoyable.