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If you are like many people, you wish that you could lose a little weight but can’t seem to wrap your brain around the fact that you’re going to have to change the way you eat. Congratulations, you are normal. Voluntarily giving up fatty foods that once were a staple of your diet is a major decision that most people are unwilling or able to make. Something you may not realize is that you don’t have to sacrifice good taste to the god of weight loss.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a wonderful food for breakfast. It is high in fiber, low in calories, and very filling. You can put a variety of flavorings on the oatmeal, from butter to honey, as long as it is in moderation. Overdoing anything will be bad for you.

Lettuce

Lettuce and other leafy greens are a wonderful source of fiber and other essential nutrients. Stay away from iceberg lettuce, though, as it has almost no nutritional value. Green leaf, red leaf, and romaine lettuce are good options, as well as spinach, kale, and Swiss chard for iron sources.

Olive or natural nut oils

You don’t have to give up many of your favorite foods if you cook them using olive or natural nut oils and reduce your portion sizes. Using nonsaturated fats can help reduce cravings for other fatty foods, as well as add a different flavor to an already favorite dish.

Omega-3

Fish provides essential Omega-3 fatty acids. These acids promote superior brain development and mood stabilization.

Beans

Beans provide lots of fiber, protein and help to stabilize blood sugar levels. Many vegetarians use beans as a replacement for meat. You can even mix beans and lean ground beef to make heart-healthy and fat-conscious taco or burrito filling.

Mixing these healthy foods with moderate amounts of your favorites will give you a healthy and enjoyable diet that yields results. You can even use natural flavorings and spices to add zest to your food instead of pre-packaged seasoning.

Look at your favorite taco seasoning, for instance, and read the list of ingredients. Most of what is unpronounceable or doesn’t grow independently is mainly there as a preservative. If you just use the spices that are in it, you can make it better and healthier. The extra effort may make cooking enjoyable as you craft and perfect your recipes.

Let’s face it! Going and staying on a weight loss diet is hard work; any way you look at it. But you don’t have to pound (pun intended) yourself into the ground with your diet. Simply spicing up your “diet power foods” with all-natural spices, and reducing the portion sizes of your favorite foods, will take some of the hard work out of dieting.

By White Crane

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