HOW TO EAT COMFORT FOODS AND STILL LOSE WEIGHT

In this article, we celebrate traditional comfort foods while making sure to moderate the calories and include plenty of protein and fiber—the nutrients that make us feel full and satisfied, so you can enjoy your family favorites without feeling deprived. So how to eat comfort foods and still lose weight?

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While a super restrictive diet might work short-term, they set us up to fail because they’re impossible to maintain. Plus, food should be enjoyed—not serve as a means of punishment or to make us feel guilty for gaining weight or developing some other sort of health condition. In this article, we celebrate traditional comfort foods while making sure to moderate the calories and include plenty of protein and fiber—the nutrients that make us feel full and satisfied, so you can enjoy your family favorites without feeling deprived. So how to eat comfort foods and still lose weight?

1.Tips to eat comfort foods and still lose weight:

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1. Include plenty of fiber: Fiber, a type of carbohydrate that helps us feel full, regulates our digestive system and has a ton of health benefits is super important because it prevents us from getting too hungry and overeating. This plan provides at least 30 grams a day from healthy sources like oatmeal, whole grains and fruits and vegetables. Simple swaps like oatmeal instead of a lower fiber cereal and wheat bread or pasta instead of white can make a difference.

2. Focus on protein: Protein is digested a bit slower than simple carbohydrates and, like fiber, it helps us stay full and satisfied in-between meals. Having a protein source, like eggs, nuts, peanut butter, yogurt, fish or meat at most meals and snacks makes it a lot easier to stick to our calorie goals and lose weight.

3. Include vegetables: Nutritious and low-calorie, vegetables help increase the volume of food on our plates without significantly increasing the calories which makes our stomachs feel full and helps with weight loss. In this plan, you’ll see a lot of our traditional comfort foods served with a side salad or other veggie dish to help moderate the portions of the higher-calorie dishes.

4. Eat when you’re hungry: When it comes to weight loss, regular meals and snacks are key. The idea is to avoid showing up at meals with that starving-can’t-get-full feeling because it’s easy to take in too many calories when we reach that hunger level.

2.Eat these comfort foods if you’re on a weight loss plan:

Here we have listed a few comfort foods that you can eat and still can smoothly achieve your weight loss goals.

  • ROASTED POTATOES: Potatoes are often blamed for high carbs. But actually, potatoes also contain essential nutrients that help in fighting inflammation in the body. Eating a small bowl of roasted potatoes will not hinder your weight loss plan.
  • SWEET POTATOESEating mashed sweet potatoes can prevent sugar from getting stored around your waistline. Sweet potatoes are loaded with carotenoids, which is the orange and yellow pigments in plants. This helps in reducing the body’s release of glucose and insulin. Enriched with fibre, sweet potatoes keep blood sugar levels in control.
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  • DARK CHOCOLATE: A square or two of dark chocolate is actually good for your health. It has high anti-oxidant content, improves heart health and its polyphenols may help in cholesterol control. This comfort food also satiates your sugar-cravings.
  • SOUP: Both chicken and vegetable soups help in getting essential nutrients. A bowl of soup is healthy and creates a feeling of fullness.

Source: timesofindia, eatingwell

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