Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a balanced lifestyle and a key factor in weight loss. Replacing fatty and unhealthy foods with fruits and vegetables is an easy way to reduce calorie intake and boost the nutrients in your diet. Both fruit and vegetables are full of the goodness that the body needs and increasing the amount you eat are absolutely going to have a positive impact on your health and weight loss. Not all fruits and vegetables are the same, though, and some are better than others when it comes to your choices.
Fruit & Vegetables – Not an Even Playing Field
Although it is fair to say that fruit and vegetables are a healthy choice, especially when compared to a processed high in fat alternative – they don’t all hold the same weight. Some fruit and veggie choices are better than others, and that is why the decision you make can have an impact on weight loss. Even natural foods can contain high sugars or fats. Although these are better than their synthetic counterpart, it can still throttle your weight loss if you aren’t aware of the difference.
For example, a typical banana has a calorie content of around: 89 Calories, but an Apple has only about 52 Calories. Both are a better choice than a bag of crisps, for example, and on Slimming World they would both be considered “Free Food.” However, an Apple is also Speed and replacing the banana with an apple can help boost that weight loss even more!
My tip would be to reach for any fruit or vegetables as an alternative when you can and if you really want to boost weight loss concentrate on these listed choices – making them the more significant part of your meals. In Slimming World these are often referred to as speed foods. However, if you are just following a calorie-controlled diet or different lifestyle plan, it’s still good to know which fruits and vegetables are the best to reach for – especially when it comes to snacking.
Melon (All Kinds)
Sugar Snap Peas
These are all low energy-dense foods that can help boost weight loss. For the Slimming World plan, you want every meal to be made up of these foods and for the best results at least one-third of your plate! By replacing a third of your plate with these foods, you are significantly reducing the calorie content of your meal with little effort. For example, a bowl of pasta and sauce may be classed as “Free Food”. Still, if you replace a third of that pasta with a speed food salad, then you instantly decrease the calorie content while still having a full serving of food and you will soon see your weight drop.
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