Saturday, May 16, 2009

Dieting Without Hunger

Going on a diet does not means that you should eat less or skip your meals as hunger is often a barrier if you are trying to shed a few kilos. You will probably end up snacking more in between meals and will find that you did not loose any weight (or worse, you have gain a few kilos!).

Follow these tips to stock yourself with food that fills you up with fewer calories.

1. Eat More Veggies

Leafy greens, lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, squash and onions are high volume, high satisfaction and low-calorie superstars. Eat them as salads or add them in stews, soups, pasta sauces, pizza and meatloaf.

2. Drink Plenty of Water

Half of your total fluid intake should come from plain water. Water makes up two-thirds of the body’s weight and is the best drink for rehydrating the body. Drink coffee and tea in moderation and healthier alternative are fresh fruit juices and herbal teas.

3. Load up on Protein

Protein makes you feel full for longer so it is good choice to eat food in this food group which includes lean red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, beans, soy and grains.

4. Take less dry foods

Avoid taking dry foods such as crackers and chips which lack water and can pack a lot of calories.

5. Goodness in wholegrain

Eat wholemale bread and cereals as they are rich in energy-giving carbohydrates and are important sources of fibre. They give bulk to your diet and so fill you up without adding many calories and fibre in these foods are essential in digestion.

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