Maintaining a healthy weight is a very important part of living a healthy life. A healthy weight is achieved through a healthy lifestyle, complete with an exercise program and diet. Diet and exercise are the two main components for maintaining an ideal weight.
Healthy diets emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat free or low-fat dairy products; lean proteins such as poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; low amounts of saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars.
Scientific studies show that people get full by the amount they eat as opposed to how many calories they intake. Adding fiber rich, low-calorie foods to meals help the body feel full without adding extra calories.
Focus on foods that support a healthy diet such as fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and calcium rich foods. Fresh fruits are great for people craving a healthy diet but not willing to give up sweets. Fruits are rich in nutrients and vitamins but still taste delicious. Canned and frozen fruits can also make a great snack when fresh fruits are not readily available. Fruits are also much lower in calories than other sweets.
Fresh vegetables are also rich in important nutrients and vitamins important to maintaining a healthy weight. Vegetables are low in calories and very versatile. Grilled, steamed and sautéed vegetables can make a satisfying, healthy meal.
Calcium rich foods are important to maintaining a healthy weight. Consuming low-fat and fat-free dairy products are a great substitute for fatty dairy products and still build calcium for strong bones.
Planning meals is part of eating healthy. Planning meals, as opposed to just grabbing meals on the go, promotes healthy choices. Meal planning gives approximate calories in meals and helps balance food intake throughout the day. Planning meals also gives the cook the opportunity to alter and manipulate meals to support a low-fat, low-calorie diet.
Here are a few tips for cutting calories when cooking meals:
Using low-fat cheese and cream soups provide a great substitute for meat and vegetable sauces and casseroles.
Using non-stick sprays instead of frying with solid fat is a great way to cut calories. Cooking with the non-stick sprays also help preserve the nutrients in the vegetables without adding unnecessary calories.