Creating Low Calorie Meals Is Easier Than You Might Think

The main reason most people fail to lose weight is that they don’t fully understand what type of foods groups help to form low calories meals. Understanding how certain ingredients within varying foods react with our bodies is also a contributing factor too.I hope to share some ideas I have found that have greatly helped create simple low calorie meals which have helped me lose weight and keep it off, without getting too in depth or complex about how it all works.These tips and suggestions are all learned from my own successful weight loss journey, and are based on a few simple and basic rules:
Make a conscious effort to eat low sugar foods (mostly natural or “grown” foods)
Track your calorie intake on a daily basis. (this is much easier than you might think)
OK, so let’s look at what foods will help, so you can create some low calorie meals:Breakfast:Start the day with a large sized portion as it will assist in setting us up for the day ahead. As the day progresses, reduce portion sizes for each meal.If you don’t have a lot of time in the mornings as many don’t in our busy lives now days, cereals are a great quick choice. Many however, are very high in sugar and calories, so we need to choose carefully.Vita Brits, Weetbix and Rolled Oats are all cereals that when eaten with full fat milk, are a great start to the day.All of these cereals are low in sugar and high in fiber and as long as we don’t add sugar to sweeten, all are great starters for quick and easy low calorie meals.If you have time to cook, then Eggs, Bacon, wholemeal toast or muffins with butter are all great starters too. Hint: No jams or honey on the toast as they all contain too much sugar and calories.Lunch:If bread is your preference, wholemeal or multigrain are best to keep the sugars as low as possible.Use as many fresh vegetable as you like as the “salad” part of your fillings. For the meat eaters among us, try and keep the meat component to chicken, fish, pork, lamb or beef in what ever form you prefer, but in all cases, try and go for the least processed meats for the greatest “bang for your buck” in keeping your low calorie meals effective.Better still is to create simple salads with your choice of fresh vegetables, cheese, eggs and meat of choice as all these components are low in calories and when combined, taste great.Try and keep the portion of your lunch meal to a medium size.Dinner:Thinking about our lunch meal options, much of these same foods can be applied to the evening meal as well.All the meats mentioned earlier are all fine with what ever vegetable choices you may have. Keep the dinner meal on the “small” side, and by not serving with gravy or sauces will keep this to being a low calorie meal.Suggestion: A great option to gravy or sauces is to substitute butter (eg; garlic or herb butter for example) to meats and vegetables.It really is not that hard is it?By choosing to eat these “natural” type of foods, we are making a simple choice to eat low calorie, low sugar and nutritionally valuable foods which do help us to lose weight.What about “Snacks”?For many of us in our quest to lose weight, it is our choice and quantity of snacks that brings us undone.I have found that substituting fruits with nuts (Brazil nuts and Walnuts specifically) in the first eight weeks significantly increases our chances of losing weight. Keeping it simple – eating nuts instead of fruit in the early weeks greatly assists our efforts to lose weight.Other great snack options are raw vegetables like carrots, celery, and mushrooms for example.So too, try and cut out sweet biscuits and substitute dry biscuits and butter or cheese instead.Snacks are the one area where many fail in losing weight, so if you do start to feel hungry during the day, choose a healthy snack option rather than an unhealthy one.