In fact, there are just three simple changes to make to your eating habits if you want to see weight loss results.
A study conducted by Stanford University researchers looked at over 600 overweight adults on either a healthy low-fat diet or low-carb diet, discovering that participants had similar levels of weight loss on each plan.
They found three factors that crossed over all types of weight-loss approaches.
Eat more vegetables: Vegetables often get neglected from most people’s diets, with many of us failing to reach our recommended daily intake. They play a huge part in successful weight loss as they fill you up for very few calories and provide the nutrients your body needs to fight diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The best thing to do is to incorporate a variety of different vegetables into your diet – be it Brussels sprouts, broccoli, spinach, carrots or sweet potato. Brussels sprouts have been particularly credited for weight loss, as they’re high in fibre and vitamins A, K and C.
Eat less sugar: Many of us don’t monitor our sugar intake, and the sweet stuff is detrimental to your health as well as your waistline. Sugar provides empty calories, stimulating your appetite meaning you’re likely to eat even more. Limiting the amount of sugar you consume will reduce the risk of over-consuming. When someone consumes a lot of sugar, the fructose is metabolised by the liver and turned into fat, which is secreted into the blood.
Eat more whole foods: It’s well known that processed foods link to weight gain, as they lack the fibre found in whole foods that help fill you up. Whole foods include fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, wholegrain, eggs, seafood, chicken, and any other foods that are unprocessed and unrefined before consumed.
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !