Many of us are able to find motivation when starting a new diet but maintaining that momentum is an entirely different story. Stop forcing unnatural diets upon yourself and start losing weight without having to think about it. A few simple adjustments to the way you view food can significantly improve not only your waistline but also your overall health. Start losing weight naturally without the stress of a calorie counting diet.
1. Add Protein to Your Diet
When it comes to weight loss, protein is the king of nutrients.
Your body burns calories when digesting and metabolizing the protein you eat, so a high-protein diet can boost metabolism by up to 80-100 calories per day (1, 2)
A high-protein diet can also make you feel more full and reduce your appetite. In fact, some studies show that people eat over 400 fewer calories per day on a high-protein diet (3, 4).
Even something as simple as eating a high-protein breakfast (like eggs) can have a powerful effect (4, 5, 6)
2. Eat Whole, Single-Ingredient Foods
One of the best things you can do to become healthier is to base your diet on whole, single-ingredient foods.
By doing this, you eliminate the vast majority of added sugar, added fat and processed food.
Most whole foods are naturally very filling, making it a lot easier to keep within healthy calorie limits (7).
Furthermore, eating whole foods also provides your body with the many essential nutrients that it needs to function properly.
Weight loss often follows as a natural “side effect” of eating whole foods.
3. Avoid Processed Foods
Processed foods are usually high in added sugars, added fats and calories.
What’s more, processed foods are engineered to make you eat as much as possible. They are much more likely to cause addictive-like eating than unprocessed foods (8).
4. Stock Up on Healthy Foods and Snacks
Studies have shown that the food you keep at home greatly affects weight and eating behavior (9, 10, 11).
By always having healthy food available, you reduce the chances of you or other family members eating unhealthy.
There are also many healthy and natural snacks that are easy to prepare and take with you on the go.
These include yogurt, whole fruit, nuts, carrots and hard-boiled eggs.
5. Limit Your Intake of Added Sugar
Eating a lot of added sugar is linked with some of the world’s leading diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer (12, 13, 14).
On average, Americans eat about 15 teaspoons of added sugar each day. This amount is usually hidden in various processed foods, so you may be consuming a lot of sugar without even realizing it (15).
Since sugar goes by many names in ingredient lists, it can be very difficult to figure out how much sugar a product actually contains.
Minimizing your intake of added sugar is a great way to improve your diet.
6. Drink Water
There is actually truth to the claim that drinking water can help with weight loss.
Drinking 0.5 liters (17 oz) of water may increase the calories you burn by 24–30% for an hour afterward (16, 17, 18, 19).
Drinking water before meals may also lead to reduced calorie intake, especially for middle-aged and older people (20, 21).
Water is particularly good for weight loss when it replaces other beverages that are high in calories and sugar (22, 23).
Dr. Della Parker was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She is currently a Portland Naturopathic Doctor and her practice is conveniently located in Clackamas Promenade Plaza. Learn about Dr. Della Parker’s Real Food Diet. Contact her for a free consultation by calling 503-344-6631 today.