Losing Weight The Easy Way: Go Whole, Go Cheap!

If you are looking to lose weight, but just can’t mentally handle the idea of “a diet”, just start by making better food choices.  For one thing, forget about fat and calories and just start choosing whole foods, meat, vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy, and whole grains.  Staying away from prepackaged foods is not only a good idea for losing weight, but is also cheaper.  Here are some ideas to get you on track to losing weight the easy way:

* Eat more baked or grilled sweet potatoes (and, yes, you can add a dab of butter).  Sweet potatoes are packed with fiber and vitamins, are cheap, and easy to cook.  To reduce cooking time, I typically microwave them for about 5-6 minutes (3-4 potatoes at a time) and then just throw them on the grill.  In about 20 minutes I have soft, yummy sweet potatoes.  I peel the skins off, mash the potatoes and add a little Earth Balance Buttery Spread and a dash of salt.

* Snack on carrot chips/sticks, celery, zucchini, cucumbers.  I typically slice up veggies when I buy them so they are in the fridge ready-to-eat when I get hungry.  Add some low-fat ranch dressing and enjoy!  Great way to save calories, but not deprive yourself of food.  Sliced fresh zucchini and yellow squash are tasty and filling.

* Buy whatever fruit is on sale and will not go bad quickly.  This time of year, I love buying whole watermelons (don’t by them precut).  They are typically on sale and fresh.  Take a few minutes to chop them up and place them in Tupperware ready-to-eat.  I like to chop them up, fruit salad-style, as opposed to the triangle shapes because they are easier to store (take up less room).  The rind takes up a lot of room in the fridge, so I get rid of it.  A whole watermelon will last a while, unrefrigerated.  Once you cut a watermelon, refrigerate it and it will last up to 7 days.  Grapes, bananas, apples and oranges are usually a good choice, too. Buy berries when in season.  It’s the only time they are reasonably priced.

* Stick with lean meats like chicken and turkey, avoid red meats and processed meats.  I’ve often joked that I eat so much chicken I should be clucking by now.  But chicken is a great meat choice as it can be bought for around $4.99 pound (cheaper in some stores), is versatile and easy to prepare.  It is also low in fat and calories, but packed with protein.  Grill it, bake it, stir-fry it in a non-stick pan with little oil or just use cooking spray.

* Have a BIG breakfast full of whole grains, protein, and fruit.   Don’t skimp on breakfast!  Have a half bagel or some whole grain cereal, 1 egg, and some fruit.  You’ll have more energy and eat less throughout the day.

* Eat less refined carbohydrates.  A common mistake I see is that people eat too many starchy carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates are very important and should make up most of your diet, but keep in mind fruits and vegetables are also carbohydrates, not just bread.  Try to limit pretzels, crackers, chips, breads, and refined pasta.  Instead, load up on more fruits and vegetables and whole grains like brown rice and oatmeal.

And as always, if you are serious about losing weight and need sound advice and a program that will work for you, contact Kimberly Fitness and find out how you can lose weight and feel great, today!!

About Kimberly Dawson, M.S.

Leave a Reply