Weight loss is 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent fitness. Many people may believe these numbers should be reversed, but nutrition is more important than how much you workout. Nutrition aids in weight loss. Committing to a weight loss journey isn’t hard if you’re mentally ready to make the nutritional change. Focus on what you eat and burn more than what you eat.
There are certain foods that can aid in weight loss without depriving yourself of nutrition. Proper nutrition can maintain your weight even if you skip workouts. You won’t have to worry about gaining weight, feeling bloated or sluggish.
Try incorporating some or all of these foods into your workout plan for effective weight loss.
- Egg White: Even if you have to prepare the egg white the night before, don’t skip breakfast. Yes, the yolk has protein, but eating it is optional. If you don’t like it, skip it. Eat at least three egg whites in the morning to help with weight loss. You can boil the egg and remove the yolk afterward or separate the egg prior to scrambling.
- Baked Sweet Potatoes: You may be thinking, “But I like white potatoes.” Yes, you can consume white potatoes, but consuming them too often isn’t great for weight loss. Switch them out with a sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber have a relatively low in calories. Both of these qualities are needed for weight management. It is best to eat sweet potatoes baked as you don’t want to possibly boil the nutrition away.
- Green Vegetables: Believe it or not, many people find it easier to incorporate colorful vegetables into their diet instead of leafy green vegetables. Not only are they full of fiber, they are packed with minerals, vitamins and some may even slow the aging process. Instead of eating a water based lettuce, up the nutrition by eating spinach or kale in your sales. Collard greens, swiss chard, mustard greens and broccoli are great for weight loss. If you can’t handle the taste of these magnificent greens raw, try steaming or sauteing. Try to avoid boiling these vegetables. You want to digest their full nutrition.
- Chicken Breast: If you’re already eating baked or sauteed chicken breast, good work! If you are covering it in breading, deep frying or dipping it in sauces, you’ll have to stop. Yes, it is tasty that way, but it will sabotage your weight loss. Many dieters eat chicken breast to get their daily amount of protein. If you have the budget, you can swap it out once a week for salmon or other high quality omega-3 fatty acid fish.
- Beans/Legumes: As soon as you read beans, you should have known the word “fiber” was next. Beans are fiber-rich and a great source of protein, but they aren’t calorie friendly. Only consume a serving size of your favorite beans or legumes. Add salt-free spices to add extra flavor.
- Soups: This is nothing new, but the type of soup is important. Avoid high sodium soups with heavy carbs such as noodles. Tomato, butternut squash, pea, carrot or sweet potato soups are perfect. Not only are they filling, but these pureed versions are packed with vitamins. Their liquid form also makes you feel fuller faster.
- Mushrooms: Mushrooms are approximately 90 percent water and low in calories. Mushrooms also contain protein, vitamin c, and antioxidant minerals.