If you buy into all of the New Year’s health memes on Pinterest, you already know that weight loss is 70-percent diet and only 30-percent exercise. And although I’m a huge proponent of the fact that daily physical activity is a good thing, it’s less about losing weight and more for (me personally) about being in a better mood, getting better sleep, having extra energy, etc. In the end, the most important factor in losing weight is diet, or rather, how many calories we consume. According to doctors form at Washington University’s School of Medicine, “Decreasing food intake is much more effective than increasing physical activity to achieve weight loss.”
However, cutting calories to lose weight doesn’t have to be about restriction of food. In fact, healthy weight loss can be achieved without the word diet even coming into the picture…
1. Load Up on Extra Veggies
Bulking your meals up with extra veggies rather than fats and starches can fill you up and keep you satisfied until your next meal. For instance, with your next stir fry or pasta, try cutting the noodles or rice in half and adding double the vegetables.
Doctors will recommend eating more fruits and veggies as a method for shedding excess pounds. Why? Because veggies and fruits are typically low calorie, high in fiber, and high in water content, which in the end, fills you up while having you consume less overall.