Counting calories while embraced by many as a way of restricting unnecessary food intake, can also lull people into a false sense of security.
Low calorie processed foods can contain little if any nutritional value. So while swapping a cookie for an ‘allowable low calorie option’ such as a muffin may feel empowering, you may actually be doing yourself a disservice.
On the flipside, eating more fruit and vegetables which contain negligible calories, nourishes and fills you up at the same time due to their fibre and nutritional content.
Some natural foods also burn more calories than they contain, so when you eat them the amount of energy the body expends on digesting that food outweighs the calories you consumed by eating them!
Negative calorie and low calorie vegetables abound. They include awesome greens such as spinach and asparagus to celery and cucumber. Beetroot is another tasty option to add pizzas to your rocket and spinach salad!
In the world of fruit opt for berries, watermelon and grapefruit. All nutritionally dense and delicious.
Calories are not a problem when you eat a diet full of natural whole foods.
And you don’t need to be a vegetarian or vegan to eat healthy, low calorie. Eating an array of healthy fats and protein foods is also advisable to balance your diet and provide all of the necessary nutrients and satiety to your meals.
Please note these are general guidelines for healthy eating.
If you find different nutritional advice confusing then you’re not alone. There is no one single way of eating that’s right for everyone.
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