These principles fit within all of the best weight loss plans
We’ve all got that friend who lost an impressive amount of weight on Weight Watchers. But there’s also the keto friend, and the low-fat friend. And the Mediterranean Diet friend, and the HIIT friend.
But if we put aside all of the plans, what key behaviors promote healthy weight loss? For that matter, what are the behaviors we can identify across all successful, healthy weight loss plans?
Here are the top three weight loss tips that will make you fitter and happier and get you in the weight loss zone — no matter which plan you gravitate toward.
Weight loss tip #1: Ditch sugar (even “better” kinds)
Sugar is bad for people. That doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
What does tend to surprise people is just how much sugar we consume without batting an eye!
Your average American takes in 82 grams of added sugar every day … more than three times the recommended maximum for a healthy body.
And sugar can sneak into each of the food groups. Even foods that advertise themselves as healthy can host a shocking amount of sugar, though you may have to look closely to see it.
Keep an eye out for added sugars posing as sucrose, coconut sugar, honey, agave, fructose, or maple syrup. These sweeteners may have trace mineral benefits that traditional white sugar lacks, but they’ll kick your weight loss efforts to the curb.
Be wary of artificial sweeteners as well. If a traditionally sweet food or drink has low grams of sugar, check for ingredients like sucralose, aspartame, and saccharin. These “innocent” sweeteners can increase appetite, kill good gut flora, and cause your body to act like it’s had sugar, even though they don’t add calories.
Weight loss tip #2: Add in more vegetables
Mom knew what she was talking about.
Vegetables in all their variety and preparations (except maybe deep fried) are bursting with filling fiber, essential nutrients, and high water content — a trifecta of weight loss potential.
Make a list of your favorite meals and challenge yourself to find ways to incorporate more vegetables into them, or create complimentary veggie side dishes.
And they don’t have to be bland or distasteful. In fact, as you experiment with different textures and flavors, you may find yourself craving these natural wonders. And since they’re a guiltless pleasure, you can go back for seconds without a second thought.
Now how many weight loss tips encourage you to do that?
Here are some tasty (really!) vegetable recipes to get you started.
Weight loss tip #3: Eat more real food
We’re talking food that gets to your kitchen in as close as possible to its natural state. Think nuts, eggs, whole grains, fruit, leanproteins, and yet another plug for veggies.
This weight loss tip may fly in the face of trendy bars and powders, but when you take time to prepare your food and know exactly what goes in it, you gain several tasty benefits.
Not only do you avoid added sugars and preservatives, you also begin the weight dropping practice of mindful eating (more on that here) even before you take the first bite.
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