Calorie cutting made easy: Choose these foods for faster weight loss

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Food for faster weight loss

Many people are yo-yo dieters, and they lose weight and put it back on in an ongoing struggle. This cycle exists because dieting presents various challenges ranging from the denial of things they enjoy to a loss of energy. However, losing weight does not have to be a struggle. The right strategies can help you lose weight faster and feel better. Here are five easy tips that will help you lose weight faster without the frustration.

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1. Make smart food swaps

Dieting is not simply cutting out certain foods, and it requires exchanging high calorie favorites for lower calorie alternatives. For example, many people enjoy a bagel for breakfast in the morning. Unfortunately, a bagel is high in calories and carbohydrates, so it is not an ideal breakfast choice. A better replacement for a bagel is a whole grain English muffin. English muffins pack fewer calories, and the whole grain varieties contain more fiber than the average bagel.

Another smart food swap you can make to start you day off right is to exchange your morning orange juice for an actual orange. Orange juice gives you the flavor but few of the nutritionally valuable parts of the orange. Instead, what you get is mostly sugar, far more sugar than in a single orange, and none of the fiber.

2. Snack more, not less

Although it may seem counterintuitive to the process of dieting, snacking is an important part of making sure your diet is successful. Eating small amounts throughout the day can help speed up your metabolism and keep you from binging when you get too hungry. Snacking can also help you to eat more slowly, so your body has more time to feel full.

The key to fully embracing the process of snacking is to make sure you have healthy options stocked in the pantry. Snacks should be low in calories but nutrient dense. Choosing foods that are high in fiber or protein can also help you stay full longer.

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3. Add an apple before meals

One way to keep meal portions under control is to have healthy snacks before you eat. Whether this means ordering a simple, healthy appetizer before meals at a restaurant or gnawing on an apple before dinner at home, choosing something high in fiber as a precursor to your main dish can help your diet by reducing the amount of higher calorie foods you eat.

4. Do not forget the sweet things in life

For many people, one of the challenges of dieting is the denial of favorite treats. One way to control a sweet craving is to fulfill it with healthy options. Bananas, for example, are a great sweet treat that can also help you keep blood sugar levels balanced between meals. It is important to keep a wide variety of whole fruits in your house, so you can fight cravings with delicious options that will not sabotage your diet.

5. Choose energy boosting foods

One of the discouraging issues for dieters is the feeling of sluggishness that comes with restricting food intake. However, this does not have to affect you. You can build the foundation of your diet on foods that break down slowly and release energy over time. Some good choices include steel cut and rolled oats for breakfast, but you want to avoid the more heavily processed instant varieties. In addition, beans, sweet potatoes, and cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and broccoli are good options.

The best diet is one that does not feel like a diet, and these tips and tricks will help you find success the next time you decide to lose weight. These tips form a general foundation for daily eating for dieters and nondieters. A diet that is high in fiber, low in sugar and full of fruits and veggies fits the nutrition rules many doctors endorse.

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