Eat More, Weigh Less?
I love food. Eating is really one of my most favorite pastimes – but eating too many of the wrong foods can make you overweight, unhealthy, and cause chronic disease!
But did you know that by choosing the right foods, you can actually eat MORE and weigh LESS? I’m Wendy Corr, and in today’s wellness tip, I’ll show you how you can stay full and satisfied without gaining weight!
When it comes to food, we’ve been programmed in our society to eat often, and eat a lot! Supersized entrees at restaurants have altered what we perceive to be reasonable portion sizes – we’d rather get our money’s worth than think about how that many calories will affect our body.
Enter the calorie density approach to eating. It really is a common-sense idea – increase the amount of food on your plate, while lowering the number of calories you take in… simply by choosing more fruits and vegetables!
You just need to follow a few simple principles.
First, listen to your body! Whenever you’re hungry, eat until you’re comfortably full. Don’t starve, and don’t stuff yourself!
Second, choose foods at the beginning of your meal that will fill you up without filling you OUT – like salad, soup, or fruit.
Avoid liquid calories. Liquids don’t fill you up as much as solid foods, and don’t satisfy nearly as much.
Fill half your plate with veggies and fruits, and the other half with more calorie-dense foods like meats, starchy veggies and whole grains. That will dilute the calorie content of your meal, while still allowing you to enjoy the foods you love!
Finally, limit the high calorie foods you eat every day. Even healthy foods like dried fruit, olive oil, avocado and nuts can contribute to weight gain if you eat too much of them. If you use them, incorporate them into meals that are made up of low calorie fruits and vegetables as a condiment rather than the central ingredient.
By following the calorie-density approach to eating, you will increase the amount of food on your plate while decreasing your overall calorie intake, all without ever having to go hungry. AND, bonus, you will be boosting the level of nutrition you take in, which will keep you healthy in the long-term!
Thanks for tuning in to Wellness with Wendy! I’m a certified holistic nutritionist, a mom, an entertainer and a radio personality – so finding balance is the key to my life. I love sharing tips and tricks to help you live your best life – so for more health and wellness news and advice, follow my blog on mybighornbasin.com. See you again next time for Wellness with Wendy!