A belly like Gwen Stefani’s is just an A-amazing, and I’m sure everyone has the same thought. We all want it! Who doesn’t?
Diet and weight loss are both serious subjects and going against your cravings in order to practice discipline become a battleground. Our bodies do not adjust to the same type diet as the others, that’s another important matter to pay attention to. Your target calorie intake will depend on your overall health, physical activity, and your height versus weight. Cutting down your daily food intake without proper planning only encourages weight-cycling, or worse, health risks.
Consuming calories less than what you burn each day is deliberately a straight-off calorie deficit. By doing this, your body will have no choice but to use your stored body fat as a source of energy to amend for the shortfall, resulting in a weight loss. It’s a type of weight loss approach that differentiates itself from a diet. And this is by just setting a moderate restriction in calorie intake. This is a good choice, but you have to take caution not to get it too drastic or else you’ll lose yourself.
It might me safer to just stick to a well-planned diet by eating just the right amount of low-calorie but nutrient-rich foods. Check out the list below for some food-inspiration.
Bagel Thin Topped with Peanut Butter and Fruit
1 Thomas’ 100% Whole Wheat Bagel Thin
2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
1 medium banana, sliced
4 strawberries, sliced
Just like its berry cousins, strawberries are also appetite suppressant fruits. They are high in fiber and a hunger-suppressing hormone called leptin, which helps satiate hunger. It also contains phytochemical that increases leptin, and adiponectin that stimulates fat burning. Banana, on the other hand, is also high in fiber, potassium but low in calories.
Total: 430 calories
1 small apple, sliced
1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt sprinkled with 1/4 tsp cinnamon
How can yogurt give you flat abs? Yogurt naturally contains calcium, and it will warn your fat cells to gulp down less “stress hormones” called cortisol. Adding cinnamon fires up the weight loss with its polyphenols that regulate blood sugar levels. And with the amino acids helping burn the fat, it is easier to drop pounds.
Total: 148 calories
Open-Faced Chicken-Avocado Melt
1 slice whole-grain bread
3 oz grilled chicken breast
1/4 avocado, sliced
1 oz Cabot 50% reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup mix of romaine, chopped tomatoes, and shredded carrots
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
Paced noshing is eating your way to a dream size, making you eat less because you feel fuller faster. So, eat your sandwich in small bites, this way you can relish the flavors of your healthy sandwich.
Total: 431 calories
3/4 cup cucumber slices
1 1/2 cups carrots, sliced
1/4 cup salsa for dipping
1 large egg, hard-boiled
Eat like a bunny in the afternoon, and you’ll be surprised that your tummy isn’t complaining at dinner. Carrots are fiber rich which can make you eat less.
Total: 182 calories
Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta Salad
4 oz cooked shrimp
1/2 cup cooked whole-wheat elbow macaroni
1/2 cup steamed broccoli
4 sun-dried tomatoes, halved
1 tsp capers
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp oregano
Just like other seafood shrimps are packed with omega-3 fatty acids. Meaning, if you always include omega-3-rich foods in your diet, you won’t feel the urge to munch every hour.
Total: 312 calories
GUILT-FREE SWEET CRAVING
Add: 1/2 oz dark chocolate and 1 dried fig (106 calories)
Subtract: 1/2 Tbsp peanut butter at breakfast and 1 tsp olive oil and the raspberries at dinner (106 calories)
Don’t freak out on the 1500 calorie indulgent, a small piece of dark chocolate won’t hurt because it only has 30% sugar. Plus, it helps improve blood flow and lowers blood pressure. Therefore, it keeps you happy!
Daily total: 1,503
These recipes are so delicious, you shouldn’t worry about dieting at all. Please share this post with your friends on Facebook.