The strategy is simple: eat healthy, low-calorie, natural foods and you won’t have to diet. Studies have shown that genetics has a lot to do with weight regulation, and that DNA has a lot to do with how much each person will weigh. The genes that regulate body weight have been proven, and in some instances it’s simply these genes that determine if a person is more likely to become overweight. This biological force also regulates hunger and is an important factor in weight loss. It’s simple really, some people will need to eat more, and more often than others but which foods you eat have a dramatic effect on your weight.(1)
Low-Calorie Natural Foods
Filling up is sometimes easier when you eat a hamburger, covered in cheese and smothered in sauce but the fact is, these foods may fill you up but they also contain high amounts of calories. So what can you eat that will satisfy hunger but not add extra pounds? The following foods will add few calories to your diet, and fewer pounds to your body than many other foods, so they’re great for snacking, and staving off hunger. Eat as much as you want of the following foods, and save those extra calories for a rainy day, or a fabulous desert.
Lettuce, and Leafy Green Veggies- Romaine lettuce, spinach, swiss chard and other green leafy veggies don’t add up to much when it comes to calories. You’d have to eat 15 cups of spinach just to hit 100. Not only that, these leafy greens also contain vitamins and essential minerals that speed the repair of muscle tissue and help build strong bones. Add a handful of spinach to any smoothie to reap the health benefits, try these great Skinny Ms. Smoothies!
Cottage Cheese- This low-calorie cheese contains about one fifth of the calories you’ll find in other cheeses. It also goes well with just about anything, it adds texture to casseroles, tops salads and goes great with fruit. While it doesn’t contain as many vitamins and minerals as fruits and veggies, it is a high-protein addition to your diet and is the preferred choice when it comes to cheeses. Quick Tip: Be sure to stick with a low-sodium variety as most cottage cheeses will soak up about 20 percent of your daily salt requirement.
Bell Peppers- Bulk up any sandwich or salad with this crunchy, sweet treat. The orange and yellow verities are naturally sweet and are a great alternative to chips when you’re craving something crunchy. Toss slices into your mouth by the handful, and they still won’t damage your waistline. They contain about a third of the calories of an orange and have a higher vitamin C content, not only that but they also contain dietary fiber, protein and vitamin A.
Other low-calorie foods to fill up on include: Celery, Watercress, Alfalfa Sprouts, Kiwi, Broccoli, Bok Choy, Mushrooms, Squash, Shrimp, Radish, Star Fruit, Cabbage, Scallops, Cauliflower, Asparagus, Plums, Tomato, Flounder and Strawberries.
Most people who diet just white-knuckle hunger away with will power and end up eating tons of calories later. True weight loss success means not denying your body of what it needs, and if your body needs food these great treats can help you lose weight by reducing your calorie intake when eaten before, after and in-between meals. Tell us your favorite low-calorie foods, by leaving us a comment below.