When I was obese, I struggled with very low calorie diets. Feelings of hunger and deprivation kept me wondering when I could have my next meal. This was distracting and after a short amount of time, I found myself failing at another diet and feeling discouraged.
Once I learned the facts on obesity, I found that I could actually eat a lot of food and still lose weight. In fact, today as I maintain my over 140 pound weight loss, I continue to eat a lot of food!
How can you eat more and still lose weight? The answer is simple. Choose low energy dense foods!
Energy density is the amount of calories in a particular weight of food. Calories supply the body with energy. Energy is needed for our bodies to function properly. In short, calories are essential to our daily functioning.
How do low energy dense foods work? The secret is in the way density is measured. Density in food is measured by the amount of water it holds. Water lowers the energy density of food because water contains 0 calories.
Healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and lean proteins including fish and chicken have high water content. High water content means lower energy density of the food. Because the carbohydrates in fruits and vegetables along with protein contain only 4 calories per gram, you can eat more of these foods and still lose weight provided you stay within your daily weight loss calorie goal.
On the other hand, fats contain 9 calories per gram. Foods cooked in fat are considered high in energy density and you must limit these items when trying to lose and manage your weight. This means that you have to eat smaller amounts of high energy dense foods to lose weight. A smaller amount of food means hunger and feelings of deprivation and possibly diet failure!
If you are used to a diet of high energy dense foods, do what I did to adjust. Start slow by eliminating one high energy dense food at a time, preferably for a week or two. Substitute a low energy dense food and stay with it until you adjust. Once you find you enjoy the low energy dense food, substitute another high energy dense food. Keep this cycle going until your diet is full of low energy dense foods. You will be amazed how much food you can eat and still lose weight.
By following this simple tip, I lost over 140 pounds safely and naturally without feeling hungry or deprived. I continue to use this tip to stay obesity free!
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