by Fran Carter
(Boston, MA, USA)
According to studies half of all the women in the US are working at losing weight on any given day of the year!.
That is a lot of people. Of course there are men that are also attempting to lose weight but for some reason they do not seem to get the same acknowledgment.
Our goals vary slightly from person to person. Some of us simply want to shed a few pounds while others want to lose lots of weight. But we are all hoping for the same end result and that is a better looking and healthier body.
Some people are on the fence about deciding to work at a weight management plan for fear that they will have to give up the good foods in life. The great news is that a few simple changes to our diets can make a big difference.
I will provide some examples from each meal group so I will begin with breakfast. If you switch from a regular corn flake cereal to a bran flake cereal with raisins you will be getting about ¼ the fiber you need for the day. Eat regular oatmeal instead of instant.
If instead of eating an apple-cinnamon instant oatmeal you eat regular oats with chopped apples and a dash of cinnamon you will get the same taste but you will not desire to eat as soon afterward. Your body is able to digest the instant oatmeal faster than the regular oatmeal so regular oatmeal makes you feel full longer.
When you choose a sandwich for lunch be sure that your mayonnaise is canola oil mayonnaise, and consider tuna. You will be getting a double dose of heart-healthy omega-3 fats.
Another tip is adding avocado to your sandwiches. Avocado is rich in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and cholesterol-lowering plant sterols.
Always opt for food cooked in canola oil as opposed to corn oil whenever possible. Canola oil provides more omega-3s than most cooking oils.
Choose cheese ravioli over meat lasagna because it has about half as much total fat.
Meatloaf made with ground turkey has less calories and less fat than meatloaf made with lean ground beef.
Please do not stop with this article. Do your research related to your favorite foods. I am sure you can find substitutions that you will be happy with.
Go to Google and put in a search for low-fat alternative for whatever your food entry is. By simply making some wise choices and substitutions we can save calories and fat, thereby getting in shape faster.
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