If you are planning on getting your body in shape for the summer season, there’s no better way to do it than to eat healthy.
A good enough diet that’s realistically easy enough to stick to is 100% better than a theoretically perfect diet that’s unrealistic and won’t be stuck to.
A lot of people think they have to become a sous chef if they want to eat healthy.
But this isn’t true — healthy eating and easy eating are not mutually exclusive. In fact, on the tail end of my weight loss journey, I never ate anything that took more than 5 minutes to prep in the kitchen.
Here are 9 food items than can help you tone your body faster!
1. GREEK YOGURT
Greek yogurt is a very popular choice for people who like to keep a healthy diet because it contains a lot of proteins and little calories. Yogurt contains casein – a dairy protein that can keep you away from hunger for hours.
As much as you hear about it, the importance of drinking plenty of water should never be underestimated. Water doesn’t only keep your body hydrated but it can also help you lose weight. This is because the hunger and thirst mechanisms are easily confused by people, and most of us think we are hungry when we are in fact thirsty.
The recommended dosage is to try and drink as much water as half of your body weight in ounces, every day. However, this depends on the climatic conditions in your country. You also need to get enough electrolytes or alkaline plant foods.
3. COFFEE OR TEA
The majority of weight-loss products being advertised nowadays are completely ineffective, expect for one – coffee. There is scientific proof that caffeine actually suppresses the appetite, which results in less food being eaten.
The best thing to do would be to drink it in smaller doses during your mornings and afternoons. You can use 4oz of coffee and mix it in as much water as you need, and take it in 3-4 smaller doses from the moment you get up until 2 pm ( so you can fall asleep as normal).
And if you don’t like coffee, you can use green tea, or ginger tea instead. Both choices will suppress your appetite and fill your water needs.
4. CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES
Cruciferous vegetables are one of the best choices for losing weight, as they are not only very nutritious and low in calories and sugar, but they can also keep you full for hours. It is also very easy to make a nice dish with them as most of the cruciferous vegetables are very tasty. One idea is to chop up some brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower and add lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. When you’re done, you can use an oven tray to bake them for 15 minutes.
5. COTTAGE CHEESE
Cottage cheese is one of the best protein sources, outmatching even Greek yogurt. You can eat it as it is or add some chopped fruits to make it more interesting.
Asparagus is not only a very nutritional vegetable, but it is also a mild diuretic, i.e. it helps your kidney process the toxins out of your system, which is why so many models and fitness professionals use it. It is also very easy to prepare.
For everyone who regularly uses them, smoothies are the best way of getting all your vegetables in a fast and easy way. Instead of washing, peeling, drying and cutting all the vegetables you like to eat, you can easily throw them in a blender and be done with it. There are lot of models to choose from depending on your income and preference.
8. EGG & EGG WHITES
If you’re looking for proteins, then you should look no further than eggs. Eggs are affordable, easy to find, and most importantly – easy to use. You can use some butter and fry them scrambled, but also add some vegetables to make them tastier. You can also add more whites for higher protein concentration.
9. CANNED SALMON
If you are not quite fond of cooking, you can easily get your proteins from canned fish, without the all the kitchen fuss. You can simply open up a can of salmon, put it on your plate, and add salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice to give it a nice taste. You can also add some chopped green veggies.
The Bottom Line: How you eat mostly depends on how much time you would like to spare to keep yourself healthy. Personally, I rather spend more time than eat bad, fast food.
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