When you live a busy life and you’re trying to lose weight, it can be tricky trying to stick to a healthy diet plan. It’s very tempting to choose foods that are pre-prepared. Having food from a can or a box when you’re pressed for time can be a relief but they are often very low in nutritional value.
If a product is full of preservatives, is pre-cooked, has added sugar and colours it isn’t going to give you the nutrition it contained before all that processing. Let’s take a look at 5 tips for a healthy diet plan to help you lose weight naturally.
You Can Lose Weight Naturally.
While convenience foods are easy and quick to prepare, they are not the best things to have on your healthy diet menu. When you eat foods that are as natural as possible, your body gets the maximum amount of the nutrients in it. This will help you to lose weight naturally and enjoy better health.
1. What’s In It?
If you can’t pronounce the list of ingredients, give the food a miss. Processed foods are typically filled with preservatives, all kinds of sugar, salt, trans and saturated fats and have hardly any nutritional value. Be careful as well with the ‘fat free’ variations of processed foods. Manufacturers take out the fat but often include extra sugar to enhance the taste which normally results in extra calories.
2. Fresh Is Best.
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, not those out of cans. If you can’t get fresh produce, go for frozen over canned. Frozen is the next best thing to fresh.
3. Grow Your Own And Freeze Them.
Most vegetables you plan to freeze should be blanched for two to five minutes, or until they are just done. Blanching is the process of heating vegetables with boiling water or steam for a set amount of time, then immediately plunging them into cold or iced water. It stops enzyme activity that causes vegetables to lose nutrients and change texture.
4. Eat Organic Or Grass Fed Meats.
Studies show that grass-fed beef has less fat and more nutrients than grain-fed beef. Going organic also reduces exposure to toxins from pesticides that might accumulate in animal fat. Also look for milk that is made from cows not treated with growth hormones. If anything sounds like it was made in a lab instead of grown on a farm or ranch, leave it in the store.
5. Remember You Need Healthy Fats.
There are a number of ‘good fats’ which are beneficial for your heart, your cholesterol, and your general health. These are monounsaturated fats (such as olive oil, sunflower oil, avocados, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts and cashew nuts) and polyunsaturated fats (such as soybean oil, sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds, salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines).