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A Low Calorie Diet Doesn’t Have to Mean Low in Taste

A Low Calorie Diet Doesn’t Have to Mean Low in Taste
By Aaron Bachman

A low calorie diet should emphasize the quality of the food
you’re eating as well as the number of calories you’re
consuming. There are many high quality nutritious foods that are
low in calories and can be used to make you feel satisfied.

The challenge with sticking to a diet that is low in calories
is that we often deprive ourselves of a satisfying meal as well
as vital nutrients that our bodies need. Trying to do this long
term is simply not going to work unless you have strong will
power. The truth is, most people don’t have the will power that
it takes to significantly reduce the number of calories that
they consume each day unless they change their mindset.

Instead of looking at the foods you can’t have and lamenting
over it, start focusing on foods you can have. There are many
low calorie alternatives that are just as satisfying as the ones
that are high in fat and calories. Admittedly, healthier foods
do take a little more effort to plan and prepare, but the
long-term benefits out weigh any inconvenience you experience in
the beginning.

The general rule of thumb with a low calorie diet is, that if
you didn’t prepare it, you shouldn’t eat it. Processed and
pre-packaged foods are convenient, but they are often loaded
with fat, sodium and carbohydrates. Even if the overall calorie
content is low, you still need to determine if the food is
nutritionally beneficial. You might be losing weight, but you
won’t be able to enjoy your new look if you’re feeling run down
and tired.

You should always bake or broil food as opposed to frying. It’s
been well documented that these methods of cooking food are a
much healthier alternative to frying. When you cook your food,
don’t be afraid to experiment a bit with spices and other
flavors to create something that will appeal to your personal
tastes. Spices don’t add calories and in some cases they have
additional health benefits. As an example, cinnamon has been
shown to help maintain a healthy blood sugar.

When you are only allowed to eat a limited number of calories
per day, you need to make those calories count. Vegetables are a
great way to be able to fill yourself up and stay within your
caloric limit for the day. If you don’t like the taste of
vegetables by themselves, you could use them in puree form as a
base for things you do like. As an example, you could mix a
vegetable puree in with chili. This way the taste of the
vegetable is masked and you’re still getting the nutritional
benefits of the vegetables. Because the vegetables make up a
large part of the chili, the chili should be lower in calories
overall.

What you drink is also going to play a large role in how many
calories you take in each day. Drinking lots of water is best
but is not always the most appealing. You can use a low calorie
sweetener and a small amount of juice to create a light and
thirst quenching drink that keeps you hydrated.

Sticking with a low calorie diet can be challenging at first.
However, once you establish healthier habits you’ll find that
cooking in a healthier way isn’t as hard as you thought. You can
eat a lot of food when eating low calorie and you’ll soon find
that you’ll look and feel much better.

About the Author: For more information about a low calorie diet
or low calorie foods, please visit http://thelowcaloriediet.org

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