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Surprisingly Good Diet Foods

Surprisingly Good Diet Foods

When you’re dieting or watching your weight it can often seem like you are stuck with just the bare essentials.

Fruit and vegetables equal good and everything else equals bad, that’s an exaggeration of course but still, it sums up the issue many people have with diets.

That being the fact that many people get bored with the same old foods and miss their favourites so eventually they end up craving crisps, chocolate bars and sweets.

But there are lots of foods out there you can still enjoy even when on a diet so let’s look at some surprisingly effective diet foods.

Chocolate

OK before you start snacking on your favourite chocolate bar let’s make it clear.

Chocolate is high in sugar but also high in flavonoids which help improve blood flow.

Dark chocolate, in particular, is surprisingly beneficial as it is also a good source on antioxidants and very high in flavonoids.

But still, moderation is very important so stick to small portions and don’t eat it every day.

Eggs

Eggs are a strange one as some people believe they are incredibly healthy while others believe they are just the opposite.

The truth lies somewhere in the middle, eggs are full of protein and contain plenty of vitamins and minerals and are low in calories.

The trick with eggs is knowing how to prepare them to ensure they stay healthy.

So, stick to poaching or boiling to ensure they stay low in calories and you have a good all-around healthy food.

Coffee

Coffee is again something that is often mislabelled as unhealthy but really it goes into how much you are having and what you are having it with.

Coffee is a good source of fibre and it is now even believed coffee can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Just make sure you don’t add a lot of cream or sugar and that you don’t have too many drinks of it per day.

Potatoes

Potatoes are a surprisingly healthy food when prepared the right way.

Baking your potatoes or even roasting them can give you a filling and surprisingly healthy food.

Potatoes are rich in potassium, fibre, and multiple vitamins.

You can even make your own healthy fries if you take the time to prepare them.

So, don’t discount potatoes straightaway as they can be a very effective diet food.

Popcorn

The popcorn you get at the cinema or in a bag at the supermarket might not be that healthy but some good air-popped popcorn can be an effective diet food.

It’s low in calories and high in fibre which also makes it very filling just avoid traditional add-ons like butter and salt and you have an effective tasty diet snack.

Frozen Vegetables

There is a lot of misinformation about frozen vegetables as many people instinctively think fresh vegetables are more nutritious and healthy than frozen ones.

But in actual fact, it really doesn’t make much of a difference and there is even evidence to suggest frozen vegetable may, in fact, be the better choice!

This is because they are frozen at peak nutrition and not effected by the enzymes that affect fresh vegetables.

Milk and Cheese

Both of these are examples of dairy products which is why I’ve joined them together. Both cheese and milk are often avoided by people on diets but they are actually quite good for you when taken in moderation.

Whole milk like all other forms of milk includes protein, calcium, vitamins, and minerals.

Yes, even cheese can actually be quite beneficial when eaten sparingly.

Meats

Yes, you can still enjoy a good meaty dish when you are on a diet you just need to be a little more careful about how it’s prepared.

Lean meats are actually very effective diet foods thanks to having very little fat in them.

Chicken, in particular, is a very effective diet food that is also very high in protein and calcium.

But even red meats when prepared correctly can be surprisingly healthy pork, for example, is high in protein and valuable amino acids.

Just take the time to prepare the meat correctly and you can enjoy a healthy filling meal.

Pasta

Pasta is actually food you can enjoy every day and still lose weight!

You just need to ensure it is prepared correctly and add plenty of vegetables to the mix.

Pasta is rich in fibre and carbohydrates and if you go with wholemeal pasta you get even fewer calories per spoonful!

So, that is a look at some surprisingly healthy diet foods that many people don’t even try.

Remember the key to their success in moderation so don’t add everything all at once but a good healthy balanced diet doesn’t mean you still can enjoy some of your favourite foods.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough
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Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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