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What Should Your Low-Calorie Diet Look Like?

What Should Your Low-Calorie Diet Look Like?

Know What to Look For

If you’re like most Americans, you didn’t hold back on Thanksgiving and possibly ate at least twice your allotted daily calorie intake. Well, we’re not here to judge but to let you know that you can bounce back with a low maintenance low-calorie diet. According to MayoClinic.com, weight management is as simple as eating fewer calories than your body burns. This is not challenging if know what to eat that’s low in calories. There are several deliciously healthy options compiled by The Houston Chronicle.

For Breakfast

Egg white vegetable omelets, fruit salad with nuts, whole-grain toast with fresh fruit, oatmeal with berries and fat-free yogurt smoothies with fresh produce are low-calorie breakfast choices. Have a glass of skim milk or a bowl of fat-free yogurt with breakfast if the meal didn’t include dairy. Control your portions to keep breakfast low calorie. A 1-cup serving of spinach in your omelet adds 25 calories, two egg whites have 35 calories and a teaspoon of oil to prevent sticking adds 45 calories. Adding a 1-cup serving of skim milk brings breakfast to 200 calories.

For Lunch

A green salad with chicken breast, flounder over brown rice, a tortilla wrap with turkey breast and tomatoes, and three-bean salad with lemon juice are examples of low-calorie lunches. Be generous with cooked vegetables at just 25 calories in 1/2 cup. Cooked beans have just 35 calories in a 1/2-cup serving, 1 ounce of chicken breast has just 35 calories and 1/3 cup of cooked brown rice has about 80 calories. If you’re still hungry, fill up on fresh vegetables or fruit; a small apple, medium peach or kiwi has about 80 calories.

For Dinner

Easy, low-calorie dinners include sweet potato served with pork tenderloin, shellfish with a side of steamed broccoli and a beef stir-fry with bell peppers. Use unlimited vegetables, but limit portions of starches and proteins. You consume 80 calories in just 3 ounces of baked sweet potato, 35 calories in an ounce of shellfish and 55 calories in an ounce of pork tenderloin. Serve a side salad and a dessert made from fat-free dairy and fruit to make your dinners more filling. A 3/4-cup serving of plain, nonfat yogurt has about 90 calories, which is a reasonable dessert when paired with 60 calories from a cup of berries.

Snacks

Cubed melon, low-fat cheese, popcorn, olives, canned tuna, low-fat cottage cheese, and vegetable juice are low-calorie snacks. A 1/2-cup serving of vegetable juice is nutritious and has just 25 calories; 3/4 cup of low-fat cottage cheese has around 35 calories, as does 1 ounce of fat-free cheese; a 3-cup serving of popcorn has 80 calories and eight black olives have about 45 calories. Keep several snack options nearby to cure cravings and keep your mind off junk food.

Getting Started is Easy

Generally, fresh produce, lean meats, and whole grains are healthful, low-calorie choices. Use oils sparingly, as they typically have more than 45 calories per teaspoon. The exact calorie content will vary depending on the brands you buy, so look at the label to determine how many are in a serving. To keep your servings under control, weigh your food on an accurate scale for at least a month straight. This will give you an idea of what an actual serving looks like, controlling your calorie intake.

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