This question keeps coming back like a leitmotif. Who wouldn’t like to combine the useful with the enjoyable – that is to say, eating without depriving yourself while still losing weight? Dietitians have pondered this issue and provided us with answers that point us in the right direction. Generally speaking, it’s best to break our meals or snacks up to ensure that our body has a regular intake to prevent our blood sugar levels from falling. The two watchwords, therefore, are: avoid eating too much and eat regularly. However, you shouldn’t neglect physical activity either!
The key to everything: motivation and a healthy diet! When starting a diet, it’s best to be open to preparing food that will contribute to your success.
Don’t deprive yourself. Instead, choose nutritious foods and get moving! Remember that a balanced diet and a little working out will improve your metabolism. Between breakfast and dinner, you’ll burn all your calories from the day. In the evening, therefore, opt for light meals, since you’re less active at night! Vegetables and legumes, such as chickpeas or lentils, which are sources of protein and fibre and high in antioxidants, red kidney beans or black beans, and quinoa are ideal. Prepare soups or – better yet – broths.
If you struggle to go without meat, choose lean meats, such as chicken or turkey. Make varied salads for yourself, focusing on dark leafy greens, which have more nutrients, and peppermint, which suppresses your appetite. However, pay attention to the dressings, which should remain light and absorbed in small quantities.
While dried fruits are good for your health and your diet, it’s best to avoid them at night, as they’re too rich. Vanilla is also an appetite suppressant. A vanilla-scented candle or infusion will dissuade you from snacking on sweets after meals!
As for drinks, green tea is recognized as a fat burner. That’s not its only asset. Low in calories and high in fibre, it’s also an antioxidant. In addition, it contains catechins, which burn fat and make it a diet partner of choice. Drink 4 to 6 cups a day and go for a walk. You’ll be amazed!