Are you on a weight loss journey? Well! Then it goes without saying that you must have read a lot of nutritional guidelines and consulted many health experts to accomplish your goal. But there may be times when you might get perturbed as to what to eat and what to exclude from your diet. When you are on a weight loss program, you need to be very careful of your diet. Weight loss diet primarily includes less calorie protein-rich foods accompanied with lots of fibre. Some foods, which are generally considered to be healthy, might not help you shed those extra kilos. There can be alternatives of these so-called ‘healthier’ foods which can help speed up the weight loss process. Let us have a look at some clever food swaps which can not only help you lose weight but also stay fit and healthier:
- Eggs or oats instead of sugary cereals
Sugary cereals which might seem healthy are nothing but high caloric food loaded with harmful preservatives. Hence, you should opt for protein-rich eggs and oatmeal for breakfast instead of these cereals. Proteins help in quick weight loss as they boost the satiety levels.
- Homemade drinks instead of sweetened beverages
Sweetened beverages such as ice tea, canned juices and other energy drinks are again loaded with harmful chemicals and contain calories in excess quantities. The healthy alternative to these drinks would be buttermilk, fresh fruit or vegetable juice, coconut water and traditional Indian drinks like mango panna or kanji. Even cold soups can be really healthy
- Fruit smoothie instead of desserts
There are times when you crave for a dessert like a cake, muffin, ice-cream, chocolate or any other candy. Not to mention, these foods are extremely sweet due to refined sugar and should not be consumed. Instead, whenever you crave for something sweet you can grab a fruit smoothie. Fruit smoothies are rich in proteins, full of fibre and most importantly satisfy your sweet tooth. They are great for breakfasts, mid-day snack and equivalent to a whole meal.
- Lean meat over processed meat
Processed meat like sausages and bacon should be avoided as they undergo the process of grilling, fermentation, salting and curing. The process also involves a lot of preservatives and added salt which is not good for your health. Therefore, lean cuts of meat should be the preferred choice if you want to consume proteins.
- Ghee instead oil
Time and again nutritionists and health experts have claimed that ghee is a healthy fat and good for your overall health. It helps in getting rid of stubborn belly fat from your body, good for your gut, is a rich source of saturated fats and is a powerhouse of nutrition. In addition, ghee has essential amino acids which helps in mobilising fat cells in the body. You can replace refined oil or vegetable oil with ghee.
- Healthy nuts over chips
Nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews and pistachios are healthy sources of protein. Apart from proteins, they are good source of omega-3 fatty acids, boost your brain power and are rich in essential vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, chips are junk food of no nutritional value. So, the next time you feel hungry, you should include grab nuts for snacks and not chips.
- Homemade protein bars instead of sweets
Homemade protein bars are a perfect option to give your energy levels a boost, satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt of consuming too many calories. Protein bars are nutritious and delicious as they contain healthy nuts and seeds, coconut, jaggery or coconut sugar(in limited quantities).