If you’re like most people, you probably think that to lose weight you need to drastically reduce calories or purchase foods that taste like cardboard. Or maybe you think it means giving up your favorite foods. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Healthy foods are real foods. Foods meant for human consumption. Foods that come from the ground, from a tree, or from a farm. Yet most people today with our fast-paced, convenience-based lifestyles, overlook what’s natural and move on to processed foods. Usually this is because we think that cooking takes too much time.
But eating healthy can be quick and simple if we think in simpler terms. A healthy dinner can consist of a meat, vegetable, starch, and maybe a fruit. Vegetables can cook in 5 minutes or less, whether over the stove or in the microwave. Pasta takes about 10 minutes, potatoes can cook in a microwave in less than that. Meats can be breaded or with added sauce on top and put in the oven for 30 minutes or less. It doesn’t take long for preparation or for cooking.
With that in mind, if you want to lose a few pounds without the fuss of a diet, try eating simpler foods with fewer ingredients. You will naturally choose healthier foods, without the hassle.
So for a challenge, try to eat foods that don’t contain artificial ingredients (artificial flavors, sugars, colors, etc…), avoid trans fats (anything that includes “partially hydrogenated oils”), and limit your sodium intake (foods that contain less than 20% of your Daily Value which is listed on the nutrition label.)