So, you’ve finally decided enough is enough and you’re ready to start living a healthier lifestyle. You’ve joined the gym, and you’ve started walking more, and now it’s time to tackle your diet. You’ve removed all the junk from your cupboards, and now they’re looking a bit empty. What do you stock them with?
A lot of dieters think that they should stay away from oil all together if they want to slim down and get healthy, but that’s not the case. There are a number of healthy monounsaturated oils, including olive and avocado oils, which are actually good for the heart, and which will help you feel fuller for longer, so you’re less likely to fall off the wagon with an unhealthy snack. Replace your old polyunsaturated oils with these, and you’ll be off to a flying start.
Beans and Pulses
Beans and pulse are low-calorie, high in protein and high in fibre, which makes them the perfect diet foods. If you have a cupboard filled with red and green lentils, dried chickpeas, kidney beans and navy beans, you’ll always be able to whip up hearty soups, stews and casseroles that will help you ditch those extra pounds while ensuring that you get a good range of nutrients into your system.
Herbs and Spices
If you want to lose weight and get healthy, then you’re going to have to start cooking more homemade meals and having a fully stocked spice rack will help you with this immensely. Herbs and spices add huge amounts of flavor to even the blandest dishes, and they’re practically calorie, free, so even if you usually think healthy bean and veggie dishes are pretty bland. Once you’ve added a few choice spices, you’ll change your mind and fall in love with healthy foods.
Supplements alone will not help you lose weight and get healthy, but when they’re used in conjunction with a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains, they can make a huge difference. For example, the HCG diet plan has seen good results, and most body builders use at least a couple of supplements to help them achieve peak fitness. So, don’t be scared to add a few supplements to your kitchen cupboards if you want to ramp up your weight loss – just make sure that you do your research first.
Nuts and Oats
If you want to lose weight quickly and in the healthiest way possible, you should always start the day with a healthy breakfast, and you can’t get much healthier than steel cut oats combined with a little water, milk or yogurt, your favorite fruits and berries and a handful of nuts. This meal will set you up for the day, ensure that you feel full until lunchtime and give you a quick injection of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to ensure you feel good all day long.
Last but not least, you should dedicate your kitchen cupboard to whole grains. Grains like brown rice, bulgur wheat and millet are extremely healthy, low-calorie and filling, which makes them the perfect accompaniment to bean stews, healthy tofu and, well pretty much any healthy dish you can think of.
With kitchen cupboards this well stocked, combined with a little exercise and lots of fruits and veggies, there’s no way your weight loss efforts will fail.