There’s this common misconception that you eat different foods when you want to lose weight, than what you should eat “normally.” And once you lose that weight, you can go back to eating whatever you did before.
Reality check! Eating the healthiest and most natural foods will help you not only lose the weight, but keep it off. There shouldn’t be a difference.
So many people think that weight loss is a fast and painful experience, that they cut their calories quickly; and will bear with it until the end. When it is all over, they will feel joy having lost some weight, and maybe even, the clothes fit again! And, so often, will then go back to their previous favorite foods.
But what are those foods that are going to be “good for weight loss,” and actually, good at any time?!
Natural, high quality foods, full of antioxidants, that are good for weight loss or ANY time:
- Oatmeal, natural, steal-cut
- Salmon, fresh
- Spinach, fresh tender leaves
- Squash, of many varieties
- Berries; such as raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries
- Kale, Swiss chard
- Dates, figs, and dried fruits (watch the sugar content on these though!)
- Nuts; such as walnuts, and almonds
- Dried beans and peas
Keep the fluids moving and enjoy two to three of the above choices per day. It is not magic, though! These foods are rich in nutrients that are good for you, and easy to immediately digest into your system as a source of calories. Science has shown that any delay in processing of your food’s nutrients will cost you some of those nutrients you need. This is particularly true if you consume processed foods; such as packaged meats and dinners.
You never know, if you practice eating these foods that are good for you during your weight loss period, you might even adopt them into your regular plan afterwards!
Those of you that are signed up for the Team Weight Loss Challenge through Elite Sports Clubs, keep this idea in mind. It could be the fastest way to the finish line. In addition, please call or write with any concerns or needs you have as it relates to the weight loss process!
Looking for more healthy tips? Set up a consultation with our Registered Dietitian!
By Rita Larsen, RD, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor