Losing weight isn’t just a right now thing…it’s a complete lifestyle change. Making major changes in the foods you eat can be difficult to do, though. If you change too much all at once, you are less likely to stick with it. Instead of throwing out every piece of junk food and eating vegetables all day, start smaller. These simple food swaps will help you make some positive changes – and shrink your waistline at the same time.
Swap: Strawberry Yogurt For Greek Yogurt
Yogurt is great to eat in the morning, as a snack, or even after your workout. When you choose flavoured yogurt (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and so on) each container can have anywhere from 25 to 30 grams of sugar. That number is almost your entire daily allowance! To start losing weight, swap your regular strawberry yogurt for plain Greek yogurt instead. It has a thick and creamy texture, which is rich and filling, is high in protein, and it’s loaded with extra sugars. Make it sweeter by adding a small amount of honey or cinnamon.
Swap: Potato Chips for Popcorn
When you’re craving something salty, you are more likely to reach for a bag of potato chips. They have lots of flavour, sure…but they also have an addictive quality. With a low fibre content, they don’t fill you up. You may find that you’re reaching for handful after handful without ever feeling like you’ve had enough. That is one quick way to pack on the pounds. A better solution is to air pop your own popcorn. It gives you that same crunch but is light and fluffy, making you feel fuller faster. Plus, one cup of popcorn has just 30 calories! Give your popcorn a little flavour by adding on a pinch of garlic salt or Parmesan cheese.
Swap: Egg White Cartons For Eggs
It seems everyone is obsessed with egg whites lately. Somehow, yolks became labelled as a ‘bad’ food. Did you know that nearly 40% of an eggs protein is found in the yolk? Ditching it may save you some calories but you lose out on nutritional value. To start making healthier choices, forget about those egg white cartons being sold at the grocery store. They include artificial ingredients like food colouring and sweeteners. Swap it out for an egg – yolk and all
Swap: Instant Oatmeal for Oats
Mornings can be busy. You’re trying to get ready for your day and get out the door as quickly as possible. Sometimes breakfast can feel like an afterthought. If you’re serious about losing weight, ditch those instant oatmeal packages. They are processed, which means they are digested quickly. That causes you to be hungry before you even reach your lunch hour. For a healthier and more filling option, slow cook oats instead. This may take a bit longer, but you will notice the difference right away. You can add in raisins, slices of apples, or other fruits for added flavour and texture.
Are you ready to start making changes in your diet? Start with these simple swaps. That way, you can enjoy your food without ingesting all of those added sugars. It’s the perfect way to lose weight and eat healthier.