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Eating Your Way to Weight Loss

Updated on August 11, 2015

No weight loss journey is complete without attention to diet. Spending endless hours in the gym will only get you so far toward the body you want.

Four Letter Word

The word diet carries with it a negative connotation for so many people. It immediately brings to mind starving yourself. Doing that may work short term but it can and will lead to serious health issues down the road. It also doesn't mean eating foods you hate and have to force yourself to choke down. There is a way to enjoy a healthy diet.

Eating Right

Diet is actually just a word meaning "what you eat", think of it as a noun, not a verb. Eating a proper diet doesn't involve eating things that will make you weak and need to vomit, not does it necessarily include joining a weight loss program. It is so much more simple than that, eat the right foods in the right amounts.

Below are some great foods to get started with:

1. Tomatoes

Low in calories tomatoes are rich in antioxidants. They work to remove free radicals from your body reducing your risk of diseases like high blood pressure, and diabetes.

2. Eggs

Because eggs are a fantastic protein source they work well as a substitute for meat. Eggs are quite healthy and are full of essential nutrients. Make eggs a part of your breakfast every day. There are so many ways to cook them it's hard to get bored. A great tip is to make omelets. You can add different vegetables each morning I switch up the flavors. I like dicing some tomatoes and adding a touch of chopped hot peppers for a little bite.

3. Bananas

While not traditionally thought of as a weight loss food bananas are helpful for the reduction of water retention. As an added benefit they give you energy throughout the day and can make your skin more firm.

4. Cats

Oats are a staple food for those who take their fitness seriously. Not just for breakfast, oats can be a wonderful dinner food. They have the ability to keep you feeling full for a long period of time reducing late night snacking.

These are just a few examples of the many foods that are healthy and tasty. Take some time to learn the nutritional values of your favorite foods. You don't need to say goodbye to anything forever. Make wise choices most of the time but make room in your diet for the occasional splurge. If we mentally tell ourselves we are no longer allowed to eat the foods we love it is a setup of disaster. You will only find yourself craving them more until it becomes an obsession.

This is a sure way to sabotage your efforts. Being healthy and fit does not mean being miserable.

It is best to check with your doctor before changing you eating habits and perhaps ask for a referral to a nutritionist who can assist with making a food plan that will keep you on track.

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