The Wise Decision: 4 Must-Haves in Every Meal
By Sterling Wise Special to the NNPA from the New Pittsburgh Courier | 2/21/2014, 11:44 a.m.
This may be the most important message of the year regarding your eating plan for 2014.
If you use these 4 strategies with every meal, I guarantee you’ll have an amazing physical transformation this year…
1) Pay attention to the cooking method
The way a meal is cooked determines how many calories, how much added fat, and the number of nutrients that survive. This simple factor will make or break your weight loss goal.
Avoid foods prepared like this:
Fried and battered Processed and packaged Doused with cream sauce Sauteed
Choose foods that are prepared like this:
Grilled Baked Broiled Steamed
2) Your meal should be mostly protein
The bulk of your calories should be coming from a quality source of protein. With the first guideline in mind, these will be high quality, healthfully prepared.
Good choices of protein include:
Fish Chicken Turkey Egg Lean red meat Beans
3) Include lots of fiber
Fiber is a huge part of eating healthy and being lean. Fibrous foods will fill you up while delivering vitamins and nutrient in low-calorie packages. Fill at least two thirds of your plate with fibrous vegetables.
Try these forms of fiber:
Salad Seasonal vegetables Fruit Legumes
4) Lay off the starches
Here’s where many well-meaning dieters lose it. The facts are simple, in order to maintain the low-carb, high protein diet required for healthy weight loss, there is no room for starchy foods.
Starches to Avoid:
Potatoes, Pasta, Rice, Cereal, Bread, & Crackers
For faster results, pair your clean eating with a challenging exercise routine.