It might seem impossible to you, but losing ten pounds in thirty days is easy if you put your mind to it, and motivate yourself into sticking to a well-rounded, organized diet and exercise plan. Unfortunately, when it comes to weight loss, it isn’t enough to do just one, you’ve got to work on both spectrums of the fitness model in order to benefit, which means that you should have a lineup of low fat, high protein foods, complex carbohydrates, and fresh healthy alternatives to takeout lined up and ready to go.
Making a healthy burrito is easier than you think if you have the willpower to say no to sour cream and heaping mounds of cheese. Choose a low fat cheddar blend, black beans that have been cooked, and refried in a pan with nothing more than a hint of salt and pepper, a squeeze of lemon, and some olive oil, and mix up your own guacamole to make the best Mexican meal you’ve ever tried on a diet. Don’t forget that using whole wheat tortillas is essential to keeping the calorie count down. Pair this with a side veggie or a fruit to give it a little zest and some additional nutritional value.
Pasta might seem like the enemy when you’re working to lose weight, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a little bit of this favorite meal so long as you’re ready to serve up a smaller portion. Go with a zingy tomato sauce, and stay away from alfredos and other cream blends that might add unnecessary calories to the dish. Whole what noodles are a must, and mix it up by adding some vegetables in the form of onions, peppers, and celery to the mix. The key here is to fill up on something other than the carbohydrate being used. Serve a salad, and a small side of pasta, rather than making it an entrée.
Even though Americanized Chinese food dishes are high in MSG, sodium, and grease, when you eat natural, authentic Asian cuisine, you’ll be surprised to find that the ingredients are quite healthy. Choose a dish with a lean protein like shrimp or skinless chicken breast, and toss some vegetables in a dash of sesame oil and about a teaspoon of fish sauce. Try not to use premade sauces such as sweet and sour or soya, as adding these non-authentic ingredients to an authentic dish will drain it of its nutritional value and turn it into a meal that could add to your waistline.
Soups And Stews
Soup is an excellent meal for you if you’re dieting, because it needs to be made ahead, and this can keep you from snacking while you’re waiting for dinner. All you have to do is reheat and serve and you can customize soups and stews to suit a number of different palettes. Try to keep the calorie count under four hundred per serving, by using unconventional ingredients like cauliflower and leek. Make your own broth so that you don’t have to question what’s in a store bought product, by boiling veggies and lean cuts of meat until the flavor infuses into the water. A great tip for soups and stews is that it will always taste better the second day.