Are low calorie diet plans a better way to lose weight than low fat diet plans? If so, what’s the difference between them?
Many people today that are trying to remove what they've gained, also get confused about which products to buy when they shop. It’s easy to get overwhelmed because marketers want you to buy everything they spit out! They fool you by using cool packaging with misleading promo's shown brightly on the labels! They are pretty deceptive you so you have to be able to see through their evil ploys! Believe me, they are many!
Body fat is a definite health risk to have hanging around. Besides being dangerous and promoting free radical formation, it adds stress to joints, prevents you from participating in many exercises, increases your risk for cancer and cardiovascular problems, and looks pretty darn awful.
So here’s the rub:
Low calorie diet plans are a preferred way to take off pounds because when you eat the foods, you are consuming fewer calories per serving. Fat doesn’t make you fat. Excess calories make you fat! Of course, it also makes sense to eat low calorie foods that don't expand the waistline!
On the other hand, low fat foods may reduce your intake of daily fat, IF you can stick to a typical serving size. However, they are often packed with ‘fat substitutes’ that are chemical based (and therefore not REAL FOOD) to make them taste better. For most people, you’d have to consume more than one serving to feel satisfied. In the process, eating extra helpings of low fat foods will inevitably, pack on the pounds because you’re consuming more calories.
Most low-fat products are processed and are high in simple carbohydrates, which means they elevate blood sugar very quickly. Moreover, low-fat and fat-free foods are often packed with HFCS, sodium, preservatives, and additives. Your body digests these types of food very quickly, which only makes you feel hungry again. According to recent research from Cornell University, people who consumed low fat foods end up eating around 30 percent more calories. This is because they think they can eat more of the foods without risking weight gain!
Another moot point is that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. One calorie of sugar is the same as one calorie of mayonnaise to your body. To lose one pound of weight, you have to burn off or cut out at least 3500 calories from your diet.
Calorie restriction, via low calorie diet plans, is the easiest way to reduce your weight and still get the important fats your body requires. Everyone needs some amount of fat. The best fats to consume are not found in processed foods, but in their healthy counterparts. You just need to consume fewer of those foods in order to get your healthy monounsaturated fats. (MUFA’s)
For example, a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil is far better for you than a tablespoon of margarine because it contains essential fats. Margarine contains fewer calories but it also contains dangerous trans fats, which are man-made fats that harm your body.
Mention calorie counting and you will see eyes rolling. No one has time anymore! It’s not a preferred way to eat but guess what? It works! Once you get the hang of it, you can easily estimate how many calories a food contains by the serving size and food type. You should also let your common sense lead the way. Everyone knows for example, that an apple has far fewer calories (and lots more healthy fiber) than a plate of French fries.
Don’t let counting calories discourage you from sticking to low calorie diet plans. You will need a solid body-brain connection to be successful though! In other words, your brain must be involved with the food choices you make! If you have a problem telling when you’re full, let your brain take over the decision making! If you rely solely on your tummy without any brain involvement, you can easily eat far more calories than is good for you. For a while, your brain will have to work to prevent overeating.
Any grocery item you see at the store labeled ‘low calorie’ is not fair game! Processed foods are not the type of low calorie foods you want to consume or have in your low calorie diet plans. You will also need to check labels! They tell the whole story!
For example, did you know that most typical candy bars are divided into two portions? You will need to know the calorie’s contained in ONE portion! If it’s a high calorie food, stick to one portion only and save the rest for another day or give it to a friend. As you shop, you will find that doing a bit of comparison shopping along the way will help you in the long run. Remember, manufacturer’s use deceiving practices to fool you so you must keep on your toes and keep your eyes wide open!
Healthy low calorie diet plans should include home cooked meals made from scratch. In other words, you will need to get into the kitchen and fire up the stove! Use the list below as a general guideline and then come up with some of your own low calorie ideas! Incorporating more wholesome foods in your diet will surely help you lose pounds incrementally! And that’s the absolute best way to lose weight. A little here and a little there! That way, you’ll know you’re taking off pounds long term in a healthy way!
Another good thing to remember is that many times, it may not be the foods you consume that make you gain weight. Instead, it’s the stuff you add to them.
Foods to Consume in Low Calorie Diet Plans
Veggie salads are a great way to introduce more leafy greens into your diet. Be sure to include all sorts of 'classic' raw foods that help aid your digestion, like carrots, *cucumbers, radishes, squash, onions, and bell peppers. Raw foods are full of living enzymes and fiber that your gut needs for healthy elimination! Don't discard the peels. Eat them as they contain most of the nutrients and fiber!
*Note - Try and eat produce in season throughout the year. Through genetics, your body is better able to assimilate the foods that are common during that season of the year. Eating foods out of season (like blueberries in December) goes against the very DNA structure of your genes. This is according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Whole grains should be an integral part of healthy low calorie diet plans. Whole grain rice, quinoa, and pasta fill you up and add plenty of fiber to your diet.
Do not be fooled!
Whole wheat grains are not considered a good way to lose weight! Why? Because most of the wheat that's grown in the US is GMO, which means that it's likely poison in your body!
Old fashioned organic oats (that's packaged in those long cylinders) you make at home is a great way to start the day and give your body long lasting fuel to burn! If you want a little flavor, try some cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little sprinkle of brown sugar for energy.
Oats are packed in fiber and will get your intestines flowing early in the day if you eat it for breakfast. However, oatmeal also makes a great healthy snack during the day.
Eggs are another great food you can enjoy anytime of day. They should be included in your healthy low calorie diet plans. One large egg contains 7 grams of protein and only 75 calories. Plus, they don't take long to cook!
Lean meats are a protein packed food that contain fewer calories.
Organic yogurt is high in protein and digestive enzymes. The more you eat, the more you get rid of waste. The more waste you eliminate, the more you boost your metabolism!
Broth soups before a meal will help you eat less altogether. Reason? When you consume more water (that's contained in the soups) before you eat other foods, your body handles it like a food. A small bowl of chicken and rice soup before a meal fills you up because it takes up a lot of space in your stomach. Once you start eating the other courses, it stimulates stretch receptors that signals your brain that you are full.
The Water Illusion
Most people today don't intake nearly as much water as they should. In fact, hunger pangs are often mistaken for thirst! If you're trying to stick to low calorie diet plans, next time you feel hungry, try a large glass of water instead. Then wait 20 minutes. If you were truly hungry, you'll still feel hungry. If your hunger pangs disappear, you'll know you were just thirsty instead.
The following video gives you a bit more information about eating low calorie foods. Remember that you must keep eating in order to keep your metabolism burning strong.
Following low calorie diet plans may require that you work at your weight loss a little more than other weight loss plans. If you need help with it, there are many calorie apps available for the various types of phones. Calorie restriction is a much healthier way to eliminate pounds than low fat diet plans. Remember, it's not food that makes you fat! It's calories!