May 26 2017
MY THREE WEIGHT-LOSS FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS Once a year both Becs and I go on a diet for a promotional photoshoot. Neither of us has been truly overweight so it allows us to experience what many of you guys have to go through, we’re both big believers that you can’t…
MY THREE WEIGHT-LOSS FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS
Once a year both Becs and I go on a diet for a promotional photoshoot.
Neither of us has been truly overweight so it allows us to experience what many of you guys have to go through, we’re both big believers that you can’t coach it if you haven’t experienced it. Most importantly we learn some lessons that can be filtered down to you, making your journeys easier to cope with (I hope!)
Rather than a balanced eating plan we both go on a diet; which is a short sharp cut that it ultimately unsustainable. The process takes 8-10 weeks and within 3 weeks all the fat comes rushing back on! This is one reason we never recommend crash diet to anyone who needs to lose weight, and keep it off.
So as with any crash diet we both had to deal with hunger pangs and cravings – something you guys should not experience if following our plans properly! Anyway these are the foods I use to keep calorie consumption down, with an aim of keeping as full as possible.
- Potatoes – these get a bad rap but inherently potatoes are a super-food – don’t fear them!
They are packed full of manganese which helps to create essential enzymes for building bones. It also acts as a co-enzyme to assist metabolic activity in the human body, and importantly very filling. The only problem with potatoes happens when we add fats and oils to them to create crisps, roast potatoes or chips!
Simply mashing or eating them in their natural form like new potatoes is fine – you’ll find that adding 300 grams of spuds with your meal (240 calories) will fill you up in no time.
- Chilli – adding fresh chills to your diet is a must. There is evidence that they increase your metabolism, and they contain arotenoids, which might also help improve insulin regulation. What I find is that they are great at stopping you overeating. Having a hot curry will stifle your appetite; I’m not saying make your food too hot to eat – but a little punch will slow down the rate at your eat, and the amount.
A single scotch bonnet chilli has a heat rating of 100,000–350,000 Scoville units. For comparison, most jalapeño peppers have a heat rating of 2,500 to 8,000 on the Scoville scale.
So all you’d need is half (approx 10 calories), and your meal goes from bland to hot and tasty!
- Greek yogurt (not greek style). This stuff is gold.
It’s 30% protein which is almost as much as meat! It’s a great choice if you’re a veggie or the environment is a concern of yours. Compared to meat it only has 60 calories per 100g (0% fat version), it’s 40% less calorie dense than chicken!
Add some berries to this or some sugar free sweeter and it’s satisfies a sweet tooth. On a health level, yogurt contains good bacteria that can aid with digestion and boost your immune system.
As I spoke about in this weeks Facebook Live, it’s not about cutting down portions and starving yourself. It’s about finding substitutes that are filling and tasty – nobody like dry chicken and broccoli!