You know to lose weight you have to eat less, but you don’t want to be zapped of all your energy, either.
Certain foods are essential to giving your body the fuel it needs, while still cutting back on unnecessary calories.
1. Be careful when cutting carbs
Focus on eliminating sugar-sweetened drinks, refined grains and other processed foods with added sugars. But keep nutrient-rich carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans and peas.
2. Look for lean protein
Try low-fat dairy foods, eggs, lean meats and poultry. Add seafood, nuts and beans, too. Here’s the bonus: if you work them into your breakfast, you will feel fuller longer.
3. Increase your iron intake
Iron can help prevent anemia and fatigue, so eat more lean red meats and iron-fortified cereals. But beware not to eat sugary cereal.
4. Don’t cut back on your calcium, either
It’s critical to keeping your heart healthy and muscles strong. Aim for at least 1,000 milligrams a day.
5. Don’t forget your folic acid
Whole grains, green leafy vegetables, oranges, berries and nuts can help boost your immune function. If you eat more of these nutrient-rich foods, and less of the other stuff, you’ll be well on your way to losing weight.
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